The iPhone SE 3, Apple’s next budget iPhone, could be just a few months away, according to two new reports. As a follow-up to the popular iPhone SE (2020), the new entry-level smartphone could offer customers the iPhone 5G experience for hundreds less than other models.
The first report comes from Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young on Twitter. Young, who has a decent track record when it comes to Apple leaks, claims that the Cupertino-based phone maker will begin production of display panels for the iPhone SE 3 next month, with full phone production to begin. shortly after. This timeline points to an April/May release window.
The Apple 5G SE model begins panel production this month. Phone production probably starting in March. This means a 2H April/Early May release is likely with shipments from late April/early May.January 19, 2022
That’s not all we’ve heard today. According to the French site Consumac, the iPhone SE 3 has passed through the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission), one of Russia’s regulatory agencies. The website found references to model numbers A2595, A2783, and A2784. The EEC only disclosed the model number and operating system version. That same agency also certified the upcoming iPad Air 5, according to reports.
As an update, we expect the new iPhone SE to look like the latest, which means it will have a small 4.7-inch screen and a single camera. If this is true, there will be a Touch ID home button. But this year, we think Apple will include 5G power and iPhone 13 through that phone’s A15 Bionic chipset.
As for cost, we expect Apple to keep the same attractive price of $399 as last time. This would give all budget and mid-range Android phones a run for their money in terms of raw performance and software support. But the iPhone SE 3 could face stiff competition from Google’s Pixel 6a later this year, if rumors about that phone pan out.
An April/May timeline for the iPhone SE 3 makes sense, as the latest model was released in late April 2020. It would be a bit later than the March/April timeframe some rumors suggested, though. still within that general spring time frame.
There’s also a rumor that the phone will be called the iPhone SE Plus 5G, which doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well as the iPhone SE 3. But a cheap iPhone with 5G is nothing to sneeze at, as the next step up the chain of iPhone, the iPhone 11, only has LTE.