Probably scheduled for the end of March or even the beginning of April, the third generation of the iPhone SE should keep the affordable price of the range and even perhaps lower the bill even more.
While the iPhone SE has not been renewed since spring 2020, Apple could unveil a new model for its entry-level, the iPhone SE 3 (or iPhone SE Plus according to some rumors). The date of its official release diverges, from the end of the 1st quarter to the course of the 1st half of 2022, according to the different sources. For its part, the Chinese media MyDriver recently confirmed the imminent trial production of the iPhone SE 3. This crucial step consists of carrying out real-time tests on the product. This is a prerequisite for the mass production of Apple’s new smartphone to identify possible problems that users may encounter. According to MyDriver’s schedule, once the trials are successful, the iPhone SE 3 could be launched around the end of March 2022.
Let’s review the various information currently available on the new SE range smartphone for which Apple has many ambitions.
A broken price
While the price of the iPhone SE 3 is the subject of much speculation, the newcomer to the SE range should be offered at an affordable price and a price similar to the existing model. Note that some rumors report a knockdown price, around 269 dollars, which would make the iPhone SE 3 the cheapest smartphone sold by the Cupertino company for all devices. As a reminder, the current iPhone SE (2020), which comes in two models (68 and 128 GB) and 3 colors (black, white, and red)
An identical design
According to the latest rumors, the iPhone SE 3 would not make any major changes in its design and would retain the characteristics of its current version, namely:
- a 4.7-inch screen, which takes the size of the iPhone 8 (not sold),
- the Home button and its Touch ID fingerprint sensor,
- a similar design with thick bezels at the top and bottom of the device.
Opinions differ on its memory capacity, between 3 and 4 GB of RAM. The Retina HD screen of the current iPhone SE 2nd generation would leave its place for an LCD screen. This new iPhone SE would also include improvements in the battery with more than 2 and a half days of autonomy instead of a day and a half currently.
Single 12MP sensor
As for the camera, the 3rd generation of the iPhone SE would only present a single sensor on the back of the device, just like the current model, with an image quality of 12 megapixels. It would also be able to record videos in 4K, HD 1080px and 720px.
We are also talking about several other integrated sensors to access functionalities, such as the barometer, the gyroscope, the accelerometer, or the proximity detector.
One of the particularities of the iPhone SE 3 lies in its connectivity. Multiple sources attest to this: it would be the first device in the SE range to be compatible with 5G. This is a strong argument for Apple, which could thus reach a greater number of buyers by offering an affordable smartphone equipped with 5G.
A new chip
Some sources announce a device equipped with the A14 Bionic chip (that of the iPhone 12), which would replace the A13 (that of the iPhone 11 Pro) present on the current iPhone SE (2020). Other rumors refer to the A15 Bionic, which can be found in the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max, and which brings better execution speed. No certainty between the two hypotheses, you will have to wait a few more months to find out.
The iPhone SE 3 will therefore bring a new device for the popular small smartphone that packs the power of the current generation device. With the probable end of the iPhone mini-series in 2022, the iPhone SE 3 would be the perfect successor.