New iPad Air and iPhone SE Models With A15 Chip, 5G, and More Reportedly Enter Production

Apple suppliers have started production of a new fifth-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPhone SE, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

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Citing reliable sources in China, the report claims that the new iPhone SE will retain the same chassis design as the current model released in 2020, and the device will apparently continue to lack support for MagSafe accessories. Key features of the new iPhone SE are expected to include a faster A15 Bionic chip and 5G support.

Mac Otakara previously reported that the new iPad Air will have similar features as the new iPad mini, including an A15 Bionic chip, a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support, 5G support for cellular models, and Quad-LED True Tone flash.

That report said the new iPad Air will have the same overall design as the current model, including a single-lens rear camera. Released in October 2020, the current iPad Air features a 10.9-inch display with slim bezels, a Touch ID power button, and a USB-C port, with color options including Space Gray, Silver, Green, Rose Gold, and Sky Blue.

Both the new iPad Air and iPhone SE models are expected to be announced this spring, with an Apple Event possible in March or April.

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Top Rated Comments

Nautilus007 Avatar
16 weeks ago
I don't know why they would hold an event for some spec bumps...I remember when every Apple event was exciting and somewhat magical.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apparatchik Avatar
16 weeks ago
How about the high-end Mac Mini? hopefully it doesn't get pushed to WWDC as it has been rumored for the iMac Pro... by the current shipment estimates of the new MBPs, I'm not optimistic.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spock Avatar
16 weeks ago
I think that Apple got the R&D costs from the iPhone 6 back...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
16 weeks ago
It would be nice if the Apple Spring event is next month in March. However, Spring Break is in April. It'll be interesting to know when will Apple hold the event.

I hope we get to see some new leaks or something in the upcoming weeks.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
16 weeks ago
I’ve set my budget this year:

Apple Watch 7
New iPad
New iPhone 4.7

All for mommy! Apple/GS seem to have increased my limit on my Apple Card too. So, making these purchases will be much easier.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
one more Avatar
16 weeks ago
I just wonder how SE2022 relatively small battery is going to cope with 5G. ??‍♂️
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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