Apple's iPhone SE is the company's most cost-effective smartphone to date. It was released in 2020 for $399 and included an excellent camera, a good battery, and good processing performance. The iPhone SE is scheduled for an update two years later. Tho we'll have to wait a bit for Apple to unveil the iPhone 14, word has it that the iPhone SE 3 will be available sooner. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman forecasts a virtual Apple event on or around March 8, where the iPhone SE 3 and a new iPad Air will be unveiled. This story has legs, as recent reports claim that the third-generation iPhone SE has been imported worldwide for testing.
The iPhone SE 3 was absent from Apple's April, September, and October 2021 events. Instead of the iPhone 13, Apple showcased its new MacBook Pro models, AirPods 3, Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6, and improved entry-level iPad. When the new purple iPhone 12 was released last year, it caused a minor craze on the internet.
Following Apple's September event, the 256GB iPhone SE was pulled from the company's online shop. According to MacRumors, the iPhone SE's largest capacity option has been canceled, indicating that Apple is discontinuing previous iPhone models when new ones become available.
The rumor mill is a relentless force, and it's been leaking information about the iPhone SE 3's design. If you've been waiting for Apple's low-cost bestseller, keep reading and returning to this page for updates.
The latest iPhone SE from Apple might be released in March.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's research note, the third-generation iPhone SE will most likely be released in the first half of 2022. A report from DigiTimes later echoed his timing, speculating that a new 5G iPhone SE with an improved A14 Bionic CPU might be on the way. In the meantime, TrendForce had previously predicted that the iPhone SE 3 would be released in the first quarter of this year.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman tightened the window for the iPhone SE 3's announcement to March or April in his PowerOn newsletter before refining it to a date on or around March 8. However, according to display researcher Ross Young, the next inexpensive iPhone might come in late April or early May.
According to a February report from 91mobiles, Apple has brought three iPhone SE models to India for testing, with model numbers A2595, A2783, and A2784. This might be a sign that the phone is about to be released. According to the report, the imported iPhone SE model costs Rs 23,000 (about $307.35 when converted).
Although numerous reports suggest that the third-generation iPhone SE will be released in the spring, Young earlier hypothesized that the iPhone SE Plus, rather than the iPhone SE 3, will be released in 2022. According to Young, Apple's inexpensive iPhone may not arrive until 2024.
Face ID might be coming to the iPhone SE 3 in the near future.
If this rumor is accurate, there may be a new way to unlock your iPhone SE: Face ID. Except for the iPhone SE relaunch in 2020, all of Apple's current iPhones use Face ID. Fans of Apple's midrange device would rejoice if the iPhone SE 3 could be unlocked via face recognition (especially since iOS 14.5 added an option for using Face ID while wearing a mask).
According to Gurman's latest PowerOn newsletter, Apple intends to include a face scanner in all relevant devices, including not only the iPhone SE 3, but also all iPads and Macs.
The iPhone SE 3 will neither get smaller or bigger
The iPhone SE has become a bestseller thanks in part to its diminutive size and powerful combination of prices and features. The first-gen iPhone SE came in a petite 4-inch frame and was lauded by CNET's Scott Stein for being pocket-friendly. With the upcoming iPhone SE 3, it looks like Apple won't change the size, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple may launch a plus-size iPhone SE along with it, though.
The iPhone SE 3 has a retro design.
Although there've been rumors of Apple giving the iPhone SE 3 a major makeover, a report by Kuo has seemingly thrown cold water on them. That means we'll get chunky bezels at the top and bottom, as well as a physical home button, possibly with Touch ID. The iPhone SE is said to feature a single camera on the rear of the phone's rear.
The iPhone SE 3 is expected to include an LCD display and 5G connectivity.
According to rumors, Apple will continue with an LCD panel for the third-generation SE instead of upgrading to an OLED display. OLED displays are often more bright than LCD displays, with greater contrast and deeper blacks. Given that similarly priced phones like the OnePlus Nord and Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10 Pro have sharp OLED displays, I'd love to see Apple opt with an OLED for the SE 3. However, according to a prediction by Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 would have just minor advancements, like as 5G compatibility and a faster chipset.
The iPhone SE Plus could be coming in 2022, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He first predicted a late 2021 release before pegging the launch for the first half of 2022. That would potentially align with Apple's usual spring launch of the iPhone SE. The rumored iPhone is said to feature 5G support and the same 4.7-inch LCD display as the current model.