In 2020, after a four-year wait, Apple lastly up to date the iPhone SE to… the iPhone SE. Hanging on to the identical title is slightly complicated—Apple differentiates the brand new mannequin when essential by calling it the 2nd-generation iPhone SE, however most individuals both name it the iPhone SE (2020) or iPhone SE 2.
No matter you name it, it’s not very more likely to be up to date in 2021. It’s additionally not very seemingly that Apple will wait one other 4 years to replace its most inexpensive iPhone. We at present anticipate the brand new iPhone SE (which can be referred to as the iPhone SE (2022), iPhone SE (Third-generation), or iPhone SE 3) to be launched within the first half of 2022. Right here’s a abstract of all the most recent rumors, leaks, and different data we’ve been capable of collect in regards to the subsequent revision of Apple’s most inexpensive iPhone. All of that is topic to alter till Apple formally publicizes it.
2022 iPhone SE: The most recent rumors
September 16: Whereas Apple didn’t make an announcement in regards to the iPhone SE 2 at its “California Streaming” occasion, it stopping promoting the 256GB mannequin.
July 21: Nikkei Asia experiences that a 5G iPhone SE with an A15 processor is because of arrive in the primary half of 2022.
July 19: DigiTimes experiences (by way of Macrumors) that the iPhone SE will launch within the first half of 2022 with an A14 Bionic processor.
June 23: In a word to buyers seen by MacRumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will place the Third-generation iPhone SE as the “least expensive 5G iPhone ever” (although Apple will undoubtedly not use the phrase “least expensive”).
2022 iPhone SE: Design and show
Presently, essentially the most dependable analysts anticipate the following iPhone SE to bodily resemble the present mannequin. That’s maybe slightly disappointing—the iPhone SE is predicated on the physique of the iPhone 8, which is now discontinued. Nonetheless, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple plans to maneuver forward with one other SE mannequin to characteristic the 4.7-inch LCD show, a House button with Contact ID, and no Face ID. In different phrases, the following iPhone SE is as soon as once more rumored to be primarily based on the iPhone 8’s shell, with choose new elements. Nikkei Asia reported in July that the following SE “will appear like a refreshed model of the iPhone 8 and have a 4.7-inch liquid crystal diode (LCD) show.”
Apple can be mentioned to be engaged on an up to date model of the iPhone 11, which incorporates a 6.1-inch LCD and Face ID. If this have been to launch in 2022, the iPhone 11 could be greater than two years outdated, which inserts in with Apple’s sample of the iPhone SE utilizing outdated iPhone our bodies and display screen expertise with some new inside elements. This potential telephone might launch because the iPhone SE Plus that was initially rumored to launch within the second half of 2021, however more moderen rumors counsel a 2022 or 2023 launch date.
2022 iPhone SE: 5G
The large promoting level of the following iPhone SE is claimed to be that it’s the most inexpensive 5G iPhone ever. The iPhone 12 mini is at present the least costly 5G iPhone at $699, so you possibly can anticipate the iPhone SE to value lower than that, although it could not retain the $399 value of the present iPhone SE.
It’s unknown if the iPhone SE will help mmWave 5G along with sub-6GHz frequencies. (For extra on what this implies, see our 5G FAQ.) The iPhone 8’s physique was by no means designed for antenna modules essential for good mmWave reception, although it’s not clear to what diploma that may be an issue, or if Apple might simply modify it. In July, Nikkei Asia reported that the iPhone SE will use Qualcomm’s X60 modem, the identical that may reportedly be contained in the iPhone 13.
2022 iPhone SE: Processor
Apple has traditionally outfitted the iPhone SE with the very newest Apple A-series processor, which is the one utilized in the latest high-end iPhone fashions. Which means a Third-generation iPhone SE launching within the spring of 2022 would have the identical processor because the iPhone 13 launching later this yr, which we anticipate to be the A15, which was reported by Nikkei Asia. Nonetheless, a report in July from DigiTimes claimed that Apple could be utilizing the A14 Bionic chip within the A12 as a substitute. Both chip will make the SE quick, a terrific worth, and eligible for iOS updates for a really very long time, as was the case with the prior iPhone SE fashions. Apple’s cost-cutting comes from the physique, show, cameras, and different such options (don’t anticipate MagSafe, for instance).
2022 iPhone SE: Digital camera
When the iPhone SE 3 lands, it’s anticipated to hold the identical single 12MP wide-angle rear digital camera as the present mannequin, together with a lone front-facing digital camera. The present mannequin has a 7MP front-facing digital camera, which we want to see upgraded to 12MP, however we’ve heard no rumors about it come what may. Nonetheless, since Apple up to date its $329 iPad with that digital camera, it might very nicely present up within the iPhone SE 2.
Don’t anticipate big enhancements in digital camera high quality from fancy new sensors, although. Apple is more likely to tout the improved digital camera high quality of the brand new iPhone SE, however it would come largely from improved visible processing of the A15 relative to the A13 within the present 2nd-gen iPhone SE.
2022 iPhone SE: Worth and launch
We don’t know what the iPhone SE will value, solely that it ought to be cheaper than some other iPhone. The iPhone 12 mini at present retails for $699, and the iPhone SE for $399, every providing 64GB of storage. With the inclusion of 5G and the related licensing prices, it’s fairly attainable that the iPhone SE will get a value hike to one thing like $449 or $499, however we don’t anticipate it to value greater than that.
Apple has launched the final two iPhone SE fashions within the spring, and that tracks with the present rumors for the Third-generation mannequin, which pegs it as coming within the first half of 2022. The rumored iPhone SE Plus, primarily based on the iPhone 11 with Face ID, would positively carry a value premium of at the least $100 (inserting it within the $499-599 vary) and could also be launched in 2022 alongside the following iPhone SE, although some rumors say it is probably not launched till 2023. Of word, Apple stopped promoting the 256GB mannequin of the 2020 iPhone SE in September 2021, which might point out a thinning of the obtainable inventory.
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