Apple’s next iPhone SE looks increasingly likely to launch in early 2022. Over the past few months, there have been multiple reports and speculation coming through on the next budget phone from Apple. While the reports haven’t always agreed with each other, the consensus has always been that at least one new iPhone SE model is on the way.
Apple launched a new iPhone SE in early 2020, offering consumers the option to get a familiar iPhone experience at a much cheaper price than usual. However, this was not the first of the iPhone SE family, with Apple having released the original version back in 2015. In spite of the latest version having launched a little over one year ago, reports have continually suggested the next version won’t take another five years to arrive.
Previously, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo explained that a new iPhone SE model was expected to arrive in the first half of 2022. Now, and in line with Kuo’s expectations, DigiTimes Asia reports that the plan is for the “iPhone SE 3” to launch in early 2022, citing “industry sources” for the information. Previously, reports had suggested a new iPhone SE could launch in 2021, before others pointed to the likelihood of a delay until 2022. While the continually updated timeline might suggest another delay is possible, the two most recent reports would seem to indicate Apple’s launch plans for the next iPhone SE remain on track.
What To Expect From A New IPhone SE
While it remains unclear what exactly the iPhone SE 3, if that’s even what it is eventually called, will offer, there have been some indications on what consumers can expect. To begin with, the price is unlikely to change all that much. The current iPhone SE launched at $400 and it is this lower cost that has helped the device to stand out from the iPhone 12 series that launched later the same year. This includes the iPhone 12 mini, a model that appears to be a less popular option than the rest, possibly partly a result of the second-generation iPhone SE’s pricing.
The iPhone SE doesn’t just offer a lower price, however, as it also makes some compromises along the way, and that’s unlikely to change much either. In other words, Apple is expected to mostly stick with the 4.7-inch body (a larger iPhone SE has also been separately rumored) accompanied by larger bezels and a physical Home button. As is to be expected with any Apple device, it is highly likely that the newer model will include some internal improvements, most notably an upgrade in the processor department. Considering the current iPhone SE boasts an A13 chip, that’s likely to mean an upgrade to the chip currently available in the iPhone 12 series, Apple’s A14 Bionic.