There’s a new iPhone SE rumored for the first half of 2022. In its third generation, analysts also expect it to be Apple’s most affordable 5G phone that could turn a billion users into… ‘Android in Switches. Read on as we round up everything we know about the upcoming iPhone SE 3.
Almost all the rumors so far say that the new iPhone SE 3 features the same design as the current iPhone SE. Japanese Apple blog Macotakara and DSCC analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Ross Young believe that Apple’s most affordable iPhone will feature the same 4.7-inch LCD screen with the design of the iPhone 8.
This means the next iPhone SE won’t have any significant design changes, will retain Touch ID on the home button, and will likely feature a variation of Starlight and Midnight colors. More substantial changes, such as the perforated design, would be left out for the 2023 model, according to Ross Young.
There were rumors at one point that the next iPhone SE would have a bigger 5.5-inch screen and a Touch ID side button. For example, Kuo floated the idea of an “iPhone SE Plus” last year.
Last but not least, a brief report from My Drivers in October 2021, said the iPhone SE 3 would not be based on the iPhone 8 but the iPhone XR instead. The post said:
However, it was earlier said that the iPhone SE 3 is still the iPhone 8 model, i.e. 4.7-inch screen, Touch ID front, but the latest rumor is that it is based on the iPhone XR, equipped with side fingerprints, of course, does not exclude the Front Face ID.
Although it is unlikely to happen, there is always a chance.
CPU and storage options
The current iPhone SE uses the A13 Bionic. According to Macotakara and Ming-Chi Kuo, the next generation will see an increase in specifications, as it is expected to feature the A15 Bionic chip, the same as the iPhone 13 line.
Ever since Apple introduced the iPhone SE, it still featured the same processor as the mainline current-gen iPhone, so it’s only natural that the same thing will happen in 2022.
Nor are the rumors talking about storage capacities. The current model comes in 64GB and 128GB options. Since Apple just moved the iPhone 13 lineup to start at 128GB, perhaps the company could follow the same trend with the iPhone SE 3.
As of now, there are no rumors regarding the iPhone SE 3 camera. However, since it is likely to have the same design as the iPhone 8, it will likely only feature a single main sensor.
If Apple follows the trend, the iPhone SE 3 will likely have a camera close to the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, as the current SE model has a sensor similar to the iPhone 11.
Since the current SE phone only has a 7MP front camera, it would be great if the company put a 12MP sensor in it. Night Mode, Cinematic Mode, and Photography Styles would also be impressive additions – although that isn’t the case.
5G, 5G and 5G
One of the things the rumors agree on is support for 5G connectivity. In June 2021, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was already saying that the iPhone SE 3 would feature two big updates: 5G and a better processor. In October, Japanese blog Macotakara and analyst Ross Young also backed Kuo’s prediction for a 5G iPhone SE.
No MagSafe support
Another piece of information regarding the iPhone SE 3 is the lack of MagSafe support. According to the Japanese blog MacotakaraiPhone SE 3 will not support Apple’s latest MagSafe technology.
“According to reliable sources in China, iPhone SE (3rd Gen), which is supposed to be the successor to iPhone SE (2nd Gen) released in April 2020, will retain the chassis design and continue to support charging. Qi wireless, but will not support MagSafe.
When will the iPhone SE 3 be launched?
According to a February 2022 Bloomberg report, the iPhone SE 3 could be unveiled as early as March 8. According to Mark Gurman, Apple is planning an event in early March featuring this iPhone SE 3, a new iPad Air, and possibly a new Mac.
Other posts also corroborate with an upcoming Apple event in the coming weeks. At the end of November 2021, a report from TrendForce indicated that Apple would announce the iPhone SE 3 in the first quarter of 2022.
Apple is sticking to its plan to release its third-generation iPhone SE in 1Q22 and four models as part of a new series in 2H22. The third-generation iPhone SE is expected to be a major instrument in helping Apple establish a presence in the mid-range 5G smartphone market segment. Its production volume for 2022 is expected to reach 25 to 30 million units.
This story confirms a Kuo report from June 2021 in which the analyst claimed that the new entry-level iPhone SE would arrive in the first half of 2022.
These reports align with Apple’s usual timeline for the iPhone SE, as the original model debuted in March 2016 and the second-gen version arrived in April 2020.
How much will the iPhone SE 3 cost?
As of now, there are no rumors regarding the price of the new iPhone SE 3. As it is the most affordable iPhone, it will probably remain at a price of $399. If Apple doubles down on the storage option while adding 5G, that would be a really sweet spot for this phone, even if it’s missing a design change.
If that turns out to be the case, it’s important to remember JP Morgan’s December analysis that said this iPhone could turn a billion Android users into switchers:
“Apple’s trade-in program for non-iPhones is admittedly not as attractive as iPhone trade-in values, but it could still lead to an average starting price range of $269 to $399 for the iPhone. ‘iPhone SE 5G, which is still very competitive,’ analyst Samik Chatterjee, rated five stars on Refinitiv Eikon for the accuracy of his estimate, said.
In a separate note, JP Morgan said consumer demand for major upgrades like 5G models is expected to remain strong and also a priority for supply, even as it declines for most hardware products, including smartphones, televisions and PCs.
So far, these are the iPhone SE 3 rumors. As we find out more, we’ll be sure to update this story.
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