‘iPhone SE 2 Plus’ with Power Button Touch ID and No Notch Is in the Works

The new Touch ID sensor will be capacitive and it’ll feature a “new design.”
iPhone SE 2 Plus 2021 Concept Credit: Ben Geskin
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Since it was first introduced, Touch ID has always been embedded in an iPhone’s Home button. But, according to one analyst, that could change next year.

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new iPhone in the first half of 2021 with an LCD display and a Touch ID sensor embedded in its power button, according to a new TF Securities research note penned by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo actually first detailed the device last month, stating that it would feature an edge-to-edge display but no Face ID. In today’s note, Kuo added that the device will retain an LCD display, suggesting that it’ll be a mid-range or lower-cost handset.

He also said that the new Touch ID sensor will be capacitive and that it’ll feature a “new design” to improve the user experience. Other than that, he didn’t add any additional details.

The so-called “iPhone SE 2 Plus,” as Kuo refers to it, is expected to arrive in the first half of 2021. Kuo predicts it’ll feature either a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch display and a smaller notch thanks to its lack of Face ID.

It is worth noting that this supposed device, despite the “iPhone SE 2 Plus” moniker, is distinct from this year’s rumored iPhone 9.

The iPhone 9 is largely expected to be an iPhone 8 with updated internals. (Adding to the confusion are reports that Apple could release an iPhone 9 Plus this year, as well.)

Beyond that, it’s an interesting development for Apple because it’s unlike anything the company has done thus far. Just consider that the same TF Securities note suggests that Apple’s flagship next year will ditch Lightning in favor of a “completely wireless experience.”

In any case, Kuo points out that this move is likely part of an effort to “create more differentiation between the highest-end and high-end models.”

What that means in practice remains to be seen, particularly amid other rumors of Apple’s future iPhone lineups. But in any case, it seems like users who hate the notch and Face ID could get a device tailor-made for them next year.

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