Apple iPhone SE Plus Release Date, Rumors, Specs, Features

(Pocket-lint) – The Apple iPhone SE was announced on 15 April 2020. It’s essentially the iPhone 8 in terms of design, with the same aluminum and glass construction. And by all accounts, it has been extremely popular as it is an ideal replacement for those who want a new iPhone with home button to replace an aging model.

Since its launch nearly two years ago, rumors have continued to surface about an iPhone SE Plus. Some suggest it will be a larger model of the iPhone SE (2020) with a bigger screen, while others suggest the Plus refers to a spec upgrade and added 5G capabilities.

We’ve rounded up all the speculation surrounding the upcoming Apple iPhone SE. Here’s everything we know so far.

Release date

  • March 8, 2022
  • A bigger iPhone SE in 2024?

The next iPhone SE has been rumored for quite some time now, pretty much ever since the second generation appeared. It was first claimed that a “Plus” model would appear towards the end of 2020, which later moved to 2021. Of course, nothing happened.

More recently, the timeline shifted to the first half of 2022, with multiple rumors and sources suggesting that the next iPhone SE – whether it’s called iPhone SE (2022), iPhone SE Plus or just third-generation iPhone SE – will appear in March or April 2022. The most recent report claims that March 8 is the day to note in the diary.

Apple usually holds a spring event in March, while it will also be two years since the second-generation iPhone SE appeared, so it’s reasonable to think that the next iPhone SE could arrive around then. It’s also claimed that a larger iPhone SE could arrive in 2024.


According to rumors, the next iPhone SE will offer a similar design to the current iPhone SE (2020). It looks like the Touch ID button will remain below the screen and this screen will remain the same size as the previous model.

The second-generation iPhone SE has a similar design to the iPhone 8 – as we mentioned – with rounded edges and a glass back. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the next iPhone SE line up with the rest of Apple’s portfolio, including the iPhone 13 series, but so far no renders or images have leaked.


The current Apple iPhone SE (2020) has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. Any larger version of the SE would sit between that iPhone and the 6.1-inch iPhone 13, but that model is said to not appear until 2024.

Instead, the next iPhone SE is supposed to come with the same 4.7-inch screen as the iPhone SE (2020), along with Touch ID on the bottom, differentiating it from the iPhone 13 mini.

The next iPhone SE will no doubt have True Tone so that the display adapts to ambient conditions to give you the best visuals, along with support for Dolby Vision as well as HDR10. It’s unlikely to offer the 120Hz refresh rate found on the iPhone 13 Pro models.


  • Same as iPhone 13?
  • Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, Smart HDR
  • Video capture up to 4K 60fps

As of now, there are no rumors detailing what camera capabilities the upcoming iPhone SE will offer. There’s a single camera on the iPhone SE 2020. It uses the same sensor as the iPhone 8 but with the smarts of the iPhone 11.

It’s possible that a next-gen iPhone SE will have a dual camera like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, especially if it has the same chipset, but for now that’s a guess.

What we expect are features like Smart HDR, 4K video capture and night mode.

Hardware and Specifications

  • Apple A15 Bionic
  • 64/128/256 GB storage
  • Wireless charging
  • 5G

The Apple iPhone SE (2020) runs on the Apple A13 Bionic platform, which is the same chip that powers the iPhone 11. The next iPhone SE is rumored to sport the A15 chip under its hood, putting it on par with the iPhone 13 in terms of power. It is said to also offer 5G, which should make it the cheapest 5G iPhone.

Storage options are expected to continue at 64/128/256GB – the same as the current model – although no rumors have detailed these yet. Apple may be ditching the 64GB model in favor of a 128GB boot option like it did with the iPhone 13, but that’s unclear at this time.

Like the iPhone SE, the next-generation iPhone SE will undoubtedly support wireless charging, fast charging, Wi-Fi 6 and dual SIM support via eSIM.

Next Apple iPhone SE Plus Rumors: What’s Happened So Far?

Here are all the rumors surrounding the next iPhone SE Plus so far.

February 7, 2022: Apple could hold an event in March to launch a low-cost iPhone SE with 5G

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claimed that Apple hoped to hold an event on March 8.

February 2, 2022: Apple iPhone SE 3 and two iPads appear in import data

A budget iPhone and two iPads are said to have appeared on import data for testing in India.

January 24, 2022: Apple iPhone SE 5G and new iPad Air expected in March or April

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the iPhone SE is expected to be announced in March or April with 5G, a faster processor and a similar design to its predecessor.

17 January 2022: Next SE model rumored to be called SE+ 5G

According to Ross Young, the next iPhone SE would be called the SE+ 5G and would be equipped with a 4.7-inch LCD screen. Larger display model coming in 2023 or 2024.

December 1, 2021: Apple iPhone SE 3 on track for March 2022, claims report

Market research firm TrendForce claimed that the third generation of the iPhone SE would be announced in the first quarter of 2022, likely in March.

October 26, 2021: iPhone SE Plus with 4.7-inch screen and 5G support due in 2022

Display analyst Ross Young suggests the next iPhone SE will be called Plus but will have the same 4.7-inch screen and 5G. A larger iPhone SE with a bigger screen is expected to be pushed back to 2024.

October 11, 2021: Apple iPhone SE (3rd generation) may come with 5G and Touch ID, spring 2022

Japanese site Macotakara, along with Nikkei Asia, claim that the iPhone SE (3rd Gen) will continue to offer a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and will have 5G capabilities . It is expected to go into production in December 2021 and release in the spring of 2022.

September 21, 2021: Next iPhone SE will upgrade to 5G, iPhone 14 Pro to drop notch, analyst says

Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the next iPhone SE will launch in 1H22 and will offer 5G.

July 22, 2021: Apple may start making AirPods 3 soon, iPhone SE 5G likely to arrive too

Anonymous sources speaking to Nikkei suggest that Apple plans to launch a new version of the iPhone SE in the first half of 2022. He said the iPhone SE will offer 5G, the A15 chip and retain the screen of 4 .7 inches.

July 20, 2021: Apple could launch the iPhone SE 3 5G in early 2022

Digitimes says the next iPhone SE will arrive in the first half of 2022, offer 5G capabilities, and come with the same 4.7-inch display as the second-generation model. A larger SE model could appear in 2023, it is claimed.

March 2, 2021: The next iPhone SE could arrive in early 2022 with 5G support

According to Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), the next iPhone SE will arrive in the first half of 2022 with 5G and a design and display similar to the iPhone SE (2020) model.

June 22, 2020: Apple presents the new iOS 14

Apple has unveiled its next big iOS update. Called iOS 14, it will feature many improvements including a redesigned home screen with live widgets and an app library. There are also bike routes in Maps, a new translator app and digital car keys. Moreover, App Clips will allow you to quickly use apps without bulky downloads.

April 21, 2020: A plus-sized iPhone SE will debut in 2021

Due to the global situation, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the larger iPhone SE Plus will debut in 2021 instead of later in 2020.

March 16, 2020: iPhone SE Plus with a 5.5-inch screen

It looks like Apple is planning to launch a “Plus” model of the iPhone SE. Basically, this would replace the now-discontinued iPhone 8 Plus – there’s no longer a ‘cheaper’ big-screened iPhone apart from the XR.

January 14, 2020: Longer screen and Face ID?

Just to put a spade among the pigeons, this rumor goes directly against current thinking and suggests that we won’t see a Touch ID sensor on an iPhone SE Plus, but a longer screen and Face ID instead. We are not sure about this one.

December 5, 2019: In addition to the iPhone SE, there will be an iPhone SE Plus

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will launch iPhone SE2 Plus in the first half of 2021 and predicts the screen size to be 5.5 or 6.1 inches. However, he suggests Touch ID will be part of the power button on the side, which is inconsistent with what we now know about the iPhone SE (2020).

Written by Britta O’Boyle.

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