Apple is already developing a revised version of its most inexpensive iPhone, and the new iPhone SE 2022 might be available in a matter of weeks. While this is not the most thrilling redesign, there are a few additions that will be ideal for the $399 price point of the iPhone SE.
This article summarises all we currently know about the impending iPhone SE, based on speculations and previous releases.
Design and Colours
We do not anticipate any changes to the design of the iPhone SE’s successor. It will retain the design of the current 2020 iPhone SE, which is based on the iPhone 8. The current iPhone SE is available in black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED, suggesting that the upcoming device will have similar colour choices.
It will have a 4.7-inch LCD display with substantial bezels and a Touch ID Home button, making it Apple’s most contemporary iPhone ever. All other iPhones have made the switch to Face ID, and there are reports that future iterations of the entry-level iPhone will do the same, but not at this time.
The device’s back will be constructed of glass to enable wireless charging but will be devoid of MagSafe technology. As with previous generations, the new iPhone SE will be water and dust resistant to IP67 standards. Additionally, we’re not anticipating any improvements to the battery life due to the absence of design upgrades, so it’s likely to remain the same.
In addition, Apple might also rebrand the next iPhone SE as the iPhone SE 5G to distinguish it from the 2020 model, or it could stay with the regular iPhone SE moniker.
Although display expert Ross Young has suggested that the iPhone SE may be dubbed the “iPhone SE Plus” despite the absence of a bigger display, this appears improbable given that the “Plus” suffix has always signalled a larger screen size.
Speed of 5G
5G connection will be the new iPhone SE’s primary selling feature, as Apple brings 5G speeds to a far more cheap iPhone. Apple’s cheapest 5G iPhone is now the $599 iPhone 12 mini, but the iPhone SE will be far cheaper if the reports are true.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it will be the cheapest 5G iPhone available, with connection speeds comparable to Apple’s iPhone 13 and 13 Pro versions. It’s worth noting that the fastest mmWave 5G speeds on the iPhone 13 models are now confined to the United States, and this is likely to be the case with the iPhone SE as well if it supports mmWave speeds.
We haven’t heard definitively if Apple intends to restrict the more cheap iPhones to sub-6GHz networks, but it seems quite improbable.
The present iPhone SE model is equipped with an A13 Bionic microprocessor, while the 2022 model is projected to include a better processor. Apple may choose for the A15 processor, which would bring it in line with the iPhone 13 models, but we’ve also heard rumours of the A14.
When the 2020 iPhone SE was announced, it included the same A13 chip as the iPhone 11 models released the previous September, thus we might see a repeat of that scenario in 2022 with the next iPhone SE using the A15.
The durability of the Battery
The current iPhone SE has a 13-hour battery life while viewing movies, eight-hour battery life when streaming films, and 40-hour battery life when listening to music. It also supports fast charging, charging to 50% in 30 minutes when using an 18W power adapter or above.
The iPhone SE is rumoured to contain an improved camera, perhaps the iPhone 13’s current Wide-Angle camera. We don’t have details at the moment, but camera enhancements are in the works.
The new iPhone SE has a 7-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-megapixel back camera with a single lens.
Pricing and Release Date
The 2022 iPhone SE is likely to start at $399, the same as the current 2020 model. Apple has scheduled an event for early March, most likely on Tuesday, March 8. The iPhone SE, iPad Air, and at least one new Mac with an M1 Pro/Max CPU, most likely the Mac mini, will be highlighted during this presentation.
A Prospective iPhone SE
We’ve heard whispers about another low-cost iPhone, potentially in the iPhone SE family, with an all-display design. This iPhone SE is slated to launch in 2023 or 2024 with a bigger display and no Home button.
According to display specialist Ross Young, Apple is developing a bigger version of the iPhone SE with a 5.7 to a 6.1-inch display and a hole-punch camera. Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, has said that a larger version of the iPhone SE would be released in 2023, having an upgraded, larger display and 4GB RAM.
In 2019, Kuo predicted the release of an ” iPhone SE Plus” with a full-screen design, no Face ID, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor integrated into the smartphone’s power button on the side, however, such a product never materialised. It’s likely that Apple was developing this iPhone SE for an earlier introduction but decided to delay it.