Calling the new iPhone SE like an iPhone 8 with iPhone 11 guts is an oversimplification. It sounds like Apple just put roughly the same things from the iPhone 11 in an iPhone 8 case, which is only right in one or two ways. The iPhone SE 2020 actually shares quite a few common areas with the iPhone 8 and that’s actually a good thing.
The first glimpse of iFixit inside the new iPhone SE and saw familiar parts that could actually be swapped out with iPhone 8 replacement parts. These include the cameras themselves (with some caveats) , the SIM tray, the Taptic Engine and, perhaps most surprisingly, the screen assembly. The latter has the limitation that the unofficial replacement of the screen also means the loss of the True Tone function.
Of course, not everything can be exchanged with iPhone 8 parts. For security reasons, the Touch ID home button cannot be replaced by a spare button from third-party services. Slightly disappointing, however, is the battery that has the same capacity as the iPhone 8 but uses iPhone 11 connectors. You can’t even replace an iPhone SE 2020 battery with an authentic iPhone SE 2020 battery without triggering a warning.
The swap stuff from the iPhone SE 2020 to the iPhone 8 certainly goes a long way in ensuring the repairability of the smartphone and appealing to budget-conscious consumers. Exactly the genre for which this phone was designed. Of course, it depends mainly on the amount of spare parts for iPhone 8 that are still available, but although these may eventually run out, it seems that supplies are still stable at the moment.