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5 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone SE 3 & 4 Reasons Not To

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Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the iPhone SE. While some of you might need to buy a new phone in the near future, others might want to hold off and wait for the next version of the popular iPhone SE.

Last April, Apple finally released a long-awaited follow-up to the popular 4-inch iPhone SE from 2016.

The iPhone SE 2 looks nothing like the original and comes with a much bigger display. That said, it’s probably Apple’s best budget iPhone model and it’s a device that you should have on your shopping list if you’re in the market for a new phone in 2021.

Before you commit to a new phone, you’ll also want to to check out the new iPhone 12 series (iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max), iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X and, perhaps even the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7.

Many of you will be perfectly fine buying one of these phones in 2021. Remember, most carriers allow you to upgrade after a year so if you buy a new phone now you’d able to upgrade to something brand new in early 2022.

We’ve heard a lot about the phones that are potentially coming out later this year. iPhone 13 rumors have been swirling for months and we’ve also heard about a new iPhone SE though its release timeline is currently up in the air.

iPhone SE 3 Rumors

While most rumors have centered around the iPhone 13, we’ve also seen rumors highlight some potential changes coming to Apple’s budget iPhone.

It initially looked like Apple might launch 5.5-inch version of the iPhone SE 2 in 2020, but those rumors failed to pan out. The company only announced a 4.7-inch model.

According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release a new iPhone SE model with some notable design changes including new Touch ID and a larger display. In addition to 5.5-inches, rumors have also pointed to a larger 6-inch display.

He believes Apple will release the iPhone SE 3 in early-to-mid 2022. Apple has twice used its March launch window to deploy a new iPhone SE so we could see the next iPhone SE launch in March, 2022.

In a note to investors, JP Morgan supply chain analyst William Yang claims that Apple won’t launch a new iPhone SE in 2021. Yang believes Apple will launch a new iPhone SE 3 in the first half of 2023.

Leaker Jon Prosser says we won’t see an iPhone SE 3, in the current size at least, in 2021.

There’s also chatter about a launch coming in the second half of 2021, but that’s far from guaranteed.

At this point we’re probably months away from Apple’s announcements which means Apple’s plans for the device could certainly change. That said, there are some great reasons to consider waiting for the next version of the iPhone SE.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device long before the iPhone SE 3 arrives.

Wait If You Want 5G

Wait If You Want 5G

The current version of the iPhone SE is stuck on LTE, but that could change in the future. 

Apple brought 5G connectivity to the iPhone last year. The iPhone 12 models are the first iPhone's with 5G connectivity on board. 

Going forward, 5G will likely be the standard. And that means we could see 5G make its way to Apple's budget model.

In fact, iPhone SE 3 rumors have already hinted at 5G support. Kuo also believes the iPhone SE will get 5G support in 2022. He reiterates this in a note from June. 

Ross Young is also hearing that the iPhone SE 3 might have 5G with Sub-6 GHz.

During our testing, Verizon's 5G network hit speeds approaching 2GB/s and reliably hit 1-1.5GB/s download speeds.

If that sounds interesting to you, you might want to hold out and wait.

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