Apple iPhone SE 4, iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus display info revealed in new leaks
Word recently broke of Apple's plans to launch an iPhone SE 4 after all. The budget device was initially claimed to have been canceled but now looks to be back on track for a 2024 release. According to a new report, Apple is sourcing OLED panels from China for the budget phone.
As revealed by Korean paper The Elec, the iPhone SE 4 is poised to debut in 2024 featuring OLED screens made by BOE. That may come as a bit of a surprise as Apple famously had issues with the Chinese supplier last year. In either case, it appears BOE will make the iPhone SE 4's displays, with the source indicating the phone will sport a 60 Hz 6.1-inch screen with technical specifications identical to the iPhone 13's.
Reportedly, Apple is procuring about 20 million units of said OLED panels for the iPhone SE 4, in line with numbers for the two previous iPhone SE generations. The iPhone SE 4 will, of course, be the first iPhone SE model to sport an OLED screen, with previous iterations all making do with LCDs.
No good news for expectant fans of the vanilla iPhone 15 models, however. According to supply chain insider Ross Young, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will both arrive with 60 Hz AMOLED displays, like the generations before them—with Apple reserving the higher refresh rate screens for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max instead.
Ross Young purports that this is due to a lack of capacity to support all four models with the required LTPO displays. Cost is likely a deterrent as well, with The Elec claiming regular 60 Hz AMOLED panels as seen on the iPhone 14 cost about US$40 per unit, with the 120 Hz LTPO displays used on the Pro models costing north of US$100 in comparison.
Continue to predict that correctly. Still not enough LTPO capacity to support all models with 1Hz - 120Hz.— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) March 6, 2023