Stunning Apple iPhone SE 3 concept makes the iPhone 12 look old

We were a little disappointed when Apple revealed the new iPhone SE last year. Unlike the 2016 original, it wasn't great news for fans of small phones, with the same proportions and dated design as the iPhone 8. Then came the iPhone 12 mini which, while more expensive, is much sleeker (and smaller). But if the next iPhone SE looks anything like this stunning new concept, we'll be first in line.

Based on new rumours that the iPhone SE will feature a larger display with a punch-hole camera in 2023, the notch-less concept is a tantalising glimpse at what future iPhones might look like. Our best camera phones roundup had better start making some (hypothetical) space.

iPhone SE 3 concept

The new iPhone SE concept (Image credit: Apple Lab)

We've heard plenty of rumours that the iPhone 13 might do away with the infamous notch – and if that's the case, it makes sense that the new iPhone SE might follow suit a couple of years later. For anyone looking to get the most out of the best apps for designers, anything that increases screen real estate can only be a good thing – we like what we see with this punch-hole camera.

iPhone SE concept

The concept features just one camera lens (Image credit: Apple Lab)

Aside from the camera, perhaps the other most striking detail here is those white bezels. This would be a new look for an all-screen iPhone – but with the beautiful new iMac introducing white bezels to the Mac for the first time, it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine them coming to mobile

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Obviously, being the budget model, there have to be some compromises when it comes to the iPhone SE. There's only a single camera lens on this concept, unlike the triple-lens setup of current Pro iPhones. Then again, you're unlikely to choose the SE if you're after a Pro shooter.

A lot can happen in two years, so time will tell whether this is indeed the direction iPhone design is heading in. But if it is – we'll be first in line. Can't wait to find out? Check out today's best iPhone 12 deals below.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.