Evidence for the iPhone SE Plus, a larger version of this year’s iPhone SE, was spotted yesterday ahead of Apple’s product launch event. However, the evidence has already disappeared.
“Insignia glass protector for iPhone SE Plus” was spotted at Best Buy (and closed by 9to5Mac) early yesterday. However, if you follow the link today, you will instead see that iPhone 8 Plus is mentioned in the list.
It’s been a while since we last heard the iPhone SE Plus, but there are rumors of a 5.5-inch mid-range iPhone based on the iPhone 8 Plus in the same way that the iPhone SE is based on the iPhone 8. It may even is one of three iPhone SE models, with the largest measuring 6.1
However, the best account we have for the iPhone SE Plus says it won’t be released until the end of 2021. That’s why any thought of it appearing at the Time Flies event yesterday was a bit remote.
After the Apple event, we know that there are no messages related to the phone at all. As such, this may have been an act of insurance from Best Buy, in case there was an unexpected moment “something else” at the end of the presentation.
However. there is one aspect of the iPhone SE Plus that we may have seen yesterday. The larger SE is also said to use a Touch ID fingerprint sensor mounted on a power button similar to the one shown on the new iPad Air 4. This would allow for more convenient unlocking of the phone and could mean that the SE Plus will have a full screen design with gesture control, similar to the iPhone 11 line.
The next potential opportunity for Apple to unveil the iPhone SE Plus will be its October event, although it’s more likely to be dedicated to the flagship iPhone 12 rather than the cheaper phones. In addition to the new phones, we expect AirTags trackers and AirPods Studio wireless headphones to appear, both completely new types of products that Apple can handle.