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 rumored iPhone SE 3.
In 2020, 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 bigger display. That said, it’s probably Apple’s best budget iPhone and it’s a device that you should be on your shopping list if you’re in the market for a cheap phone.
Before you commit to a new smartphone, you’ll also want to to check out Apple’s iPhone 13 series, iPhone 12 series, 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. Remember, most carriers allow you to upgrade after a year so if you buy a new phone right now you’d able to upgrade to something brand new next year. That being said, some of you might want to put your wallet away and wait for Apple’s next batch of phones.
We’ve heard a lot about the phones Apple’s working on behind the scenes. We’ve seen numerous iPhone 14 leaks and we’ve also heard a lot about a new iPhone SE 3.
iPhone SE 3 Rumors
While a lot of Apple rumors have centered around the iPhone 14, we’ve seen reports highlight potential changes coming to Apple’s budget iPhone model.
According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release a new iPhone SE model with some notable changes including support for 5G networks.
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 the early part of 2022.
In a note to investors, JP Morgan supply chain analyst William Yang says Apple will launch a new iPhone SE 3 in the first half of 2022.
Another JP Morgan analyst, Samik Chatterjee, also believes Apple will deliver a brand new iPhone SE 3 in 2022 and that it will help Apple set records.
According to JP Morgan analysts, the iPhone SE 3’s 5G connectivity and budget price point could help to bring in a billion-plus non-premium Android users.
Japanese blog Macotakara reports iPhone SE 3 production will start in December ahead of a release in the spring of 2022.
In his December Power On newsletter, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman also says he expects Apple to release a new iPhone SE in 2022. In his January newsletter, Gurman says the iPhone SE 3 release is still on track for early 2022.
According to Digitimes, Apple suppliers are now gearing up for the phone’s launch which means, barring a setback, the phone is on track for launch in 2022.
Apple recently filed unreleased iPhone models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database. The iPhone models, which are likely iPhone SE 3 variants, have identifiers A2595, A2783, and A2784.
At this point we’re still a few weeks 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 before the iPhone SE 3 arrives.
Wait If You Want an iPhone SE with 5G
The current iPhone SE models are stuck on LTE, but that will probably change in the future.
Going forward, 5G will be the standard. And that means we should see 5G make its way to Apple's budget model.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 will serve as Apple's cheapest 5G iPhone. This means it should be more affordable than the company's iPhone "mini" which is priced at $699.
iPhone 14 rumors currently point to two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models though that's obviously subject to change.
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