The 2022 version of the iPhone SE will most likely maintain the dimensions and overall design of the 2020 model, however there is some uncertainty surrounding the front – will it still have a forehead and chin or will it switch to a notch?
This detail is mysteriously absent from the CAD design that @xleaks7 supplied to CoverPigtou. It was used to 3D print dummies of the phone, which will be called the iPhone SE+ 5G. It is missing the Home button, as you would expect from a design descendant from the iPhone X instead of the iPhone 8 like the current SE.
Such details are usually left in place for testing covers and screen protectors, but the missing button is no guarantee that the new SE will switch from a fingerprint reader to Face ID.
All the other buttons are present and in the same locations as before. Even the phone’s dimensions are identical – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (8.2 mm with the camera bump). This will make it one of the smallest smartphones to launch in 2022 and probably means that cases for the current SE will be compatible.
The only thing that may cause issues is the Apple logo, which has been moved up for some reason (it used to be centered).
If the iPhone SE+ 5G switches to a notched design, Apple will be able to fit a larger display. However, a major increase in size is not expected until the next generation – the 2023/2024 iPhone SE is rumored to have a 5.7” display. That one will almost certainly have a notch.
As for the 2022 model, it’s not clear yet. Rumor has it that Apple wants to unveil the SE+ alongside the new iPad Air in March or April, so more substantial leaks should surface soon.