Sam’s take: A riveting soundtrack for this hands-on, if I don’t say so myself. Joking aside, it’s not like we’re learning anything new here…it’s just that we get a better look at these than ever before and some good sizing comparisons to iPhone 13 cases. And the iPhone 14 Pros having no notch or cutout at all? That’s not happening. It’ll be the pill + hole design we’ve come to know, it just wasn’t printed on these models for some reason.
The rumor: Apple’s next budget iPhone won’t charge like the iPhone 13, according to Macotakara (55.9% accurate).
“According to reliable sources in China, the iPhone SE (3rd generation), which is supposed to be the successor to the iPhone SE (2nd generation) released in April 2020, will retain the iPhone SE (2nd generation) chassis design and will continue to support Qi wireless charging, but will not support MagSafe” Macotakara reports
Our take: As much and I thought MagSafe would happen on the new SE, we are talking about Apple’s cheapest iPhone here: implementing MagSafe into a design this old really wouldn’t be worth it for them. Again, this is going to be the smallest SE update yet.
Our take: I’m fully behind rumors of new AirPods in April, but I have some serious doubts about a new iPhone SE…considering that no one else, so far, has said that a new SE is coming this year. We’ll see.
Our take: All of this sounds great. Sure, a thicker phone isn’t great…but Apple has done this time in time again after updating the design in the prior year. Plus, it probably means they’ll be able to fit larger batteries inside.
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The news: A possible 5.5-inch iPhone prototype for release in 2021 has surfaced, according to Macotakara (67.4% accurate).
The notch has been removed, presumably due to in-display Touch ID replacing it
Also present on this prototype is USB-C (something most sources have said will never materialize)
Our take: Like the last iPhone 13 leaks, these should be taken as entertainment over anything else. The final design for this year’s iPhone lineup reportedly isn’t even complete. Yet, we’ve been hearing more and more about the removal of the notch on at least one 2021 model…so this is a good sign.