Prepare yourself for the speculation pertaining to Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone SE to go into a serious overdrive as we approach Apple’s rumored March media event. Earlier today, we were privy to a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting that the iPhone SE would not only fall into the $400-$500 price range, but that it would also ship with a camera module that’s more performant than what has been expected. Now, we are seeing a number of leaked images that could potentially be of a display assembly pulled directly from the production line of the iPhone SE.
The leaked display assembly of iPhone SE – not iPhone 5se or iPhone 6c as previously presumed – is shown side-by-side against an exposed iPhone 6s unit for comparison. The differences in how the display will connect to the underlying infrastructure of the device is clearly marked on the photos for clarity. The leaked images also show pretty much everything that we would expect from a component of this type. There’s a protruding ribbon from the top of the display assembly that will connect to the new iPhone for power and transmission of media.
It’s said that the leak itself has been provided by a source that has previous history of revealing components pertaining to new devices before they officially drop. With that in mind, it’s highly likely that what we’re seeing is an official representation of the iPhone SE’s display.
If this is indeed the official display of the new 4-inch device, then its setup deviates from that of the iPhone 6s, most notably through the fact that it’s missing the protective metal element found in Apple’s current flagship. More importantly, the 3D Touch element of the display is also missing from the SE assembly when compared to that of iPhone 6s as pointed out in the image above.
Regardless of the overall device design and components used within, KGI Securities believe that the new iPhone SE will have a serious impact on the smartphone market. Ming-Chi Kuo and colleagues expect sales of the 4-inch model to rise by 131-percent over a year-on-year basis, which should represent an approximate 37 million units sold during 2016. That would also include sales of the existing 4-inch iPhone 5s, which is expected to receive a 50-percent price cut with the release of the new device.