'iPhone SE 3' With A14 Bionic Chip and 5G Expected in First Half of 2022

Apple plans to update the iPhone SE, its 4.7-inch entry-level iPhone, with an updated A14 Bionic processor from the iPhone 12 series in the first half of next year, according to a report from DigiTimes.

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DigiTimes' report follows in the footsteps of reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who reported last month the ‌iPhone SE‌ would receive an updated processor and 5G capabilities in the first half of 2022. Kuo says the new ‌iPhone SE‌, which has marketed well for customers looking for smaller handsets, will be the "cheapest 5G iPhone ever" and is hoped to bolster Apple's position in the increasingly competitive 5G market.

The ‌iPhone SE‌ was originally released in March of 2016 as a small entry-level ‌iPhone‌ to replace the ‌iPhone‌ 5S, released three years earlier. Apple updated the ‌iPhone‌ for the first time in April of last year with the A13 Bionic processor borrowed from the ‌iPhone‌ 11, a larger screen, a new design, and improved cameras. According to reports, the upcoming ‌iPhone SE‌ 3 will sport fewer changes, featuring only the improved A14 Bionic processor and 5G.

The ‌iPhone SE‌ is the only ‌iPhone‌ within Apple's current lineup that features a Touch ID sensor and a Home Button, and that design will continue with the ‌iPhone SE‌ 3 next year, according to DigiTimes and ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌. Looking further out, Apple is reportedly planning to redesign the iPhone SE with a punch-hole screen design rather than a notch in 2023.

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Top Rated Comments

scaramoosh Avatar
16 months ago
All they have to do is bring the Mini price down to SE and they have a winner.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bollman Avatar
16 months ago

All they have to do is bring the Mini price down to SE and they have a winner.
No. The mini has faceid, SE touchid. Don't want faceid, and obviously, quite a few others don't either.
Keeping touchid is keeping at least me as a customer.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Arline Avatar
16 months ago
I wish they did a SE Plus. Basically 8 Plus with updated internals.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TGM85 Avatar
16 months ago

Using the 2014 design in 2022 will be utterly disgusting when $200 OLED phones have hardly any bezels.

Classic Tim.
I dislike Apple's cash grabbing tactics as much as you do (e.g. remove upgradeability from the mac and charge hundreds for an otherwise 50 EUR/USD RAM or SSD upgrade), but I can't fault them on the SE concept.

A classic (timeless?) and proven design, that's cheap to produce, combined with a recent SoC inside, sold at an affordable (to Apple standards) price point.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nozuka Avatar
16 months ago

All they have to do is bring the Mini price down to SE and they have a winner.
They could use that design eventually, when the Mini is discontinued and they moved on to a new design.

Can't really do it now, because the Mini is the same phone as the "normal" 12/13, just smaller. Hard to justify the higher price of the 12/13 afterwards.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
superiska123 Avatar
16 months ago

No. The mini has faceid, SE touchid. Don't want faceid, and obviously, quite a few others don't either.
Keeping touchid is keeping at least me as a customer.
Maybe in your case, but I think the biggest reason the SE is popular is the great price + newest chip... I highly doubt most people would mind if the SE got an updated design too.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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