Everything you need to know about the iPhone SE 3 rumours, from the release date to the design changes

2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for phones, with Apple expected to release the iPhone SE 3 and iPhone 14 this year. Although we’ll have to wait a while for Apple to unveil the iPhone 13’s replacement, rumour has it that the wait for the iPhone SE 3 won’t be as lengthy. According to the latest rumours, the announcement might take place in April or May.

The redesigned iPhone SE will be introduced in the spring of 2020, yet it was absent from Apple’s April, September, and October events last year. Instead of the iPhone 13, Apple showcased its new MacBook Pro models, AirPods 3, Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6, and improved entry-level iPad. When it was launched in 2021, a brand new purple iPhone 12 drove the internet into a little frenzy.

After Apple’s September event, the 256GB iPhone SE was pulled from the company’s online shop. MacRumors was the first to notice the change, reporting that the iPhone SE’s biggest storage option had been withdrawn. As new iPhone models become available, this might indicate that Apple is reducing the manufacturing of previous iPhone models.

The rumour mill is a relentless force, and it’s been leaking information about the third-generation iPhone SE’s design. If you’ve been waiting for Apple’s low-cost flagship, strap up, read on, and come back here for the latest iPhone SE 3 news.

The next iPhone SE from Apple might be released in early 2022

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s research note, the third-generation iPhone SE will most likely be released in the first half of 2022. His schedule was subsequently repeated by a storey from DigiTimes, which suggested that the new 5G iPhone SE with an improved A14 Bionic CPU might be on the way in the first half of this year, while TrendForce had earlier restricted the iPhone SE 3’s arrival to the first quarter of this year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has shortened the window for the iPhone SE 3 announcement to March or April in his PowerOn newsletter, while display expert Ross Young believes the next inexpensive iPhone will come in late April or early May.

Young, on the other hand, had believed that the iPhone SE Plus, rather than the iPhone SE 3, will be released in 2022. The third generation of Apple’s low-cost iPhone isn’t expected to arrive until 2024.

Face ID might be coming to the iPhone SE 3 in the near future

If this rumour is accurate, there may be a new method to unlock your iPhone SE: Face ID. Except for the iPhone SE reboot from last year, all of Apple’s current iPhones include Face ID. For lovers of Apple’s midrange smartphone, adding the ability to unlock it with facial recognition would be a win (particularly since iOS 14.5 adds the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask).

As per Gurman’s latest PowerOn newsletter, Apple intends to include a face scanner in all relevant devices, including not just the iPhone SE 3, but also all iPads and Macs.

The iPhone SE 3 will neither shrink or grow in size

The iPhone SE has become a best-seller in a world of increasingly large smartphones, owing in part to its small size and potent mix of pricing and features. The first-generation iPhone SE has a 4-inch screen and was praised by CNET’s Scott Stein for being “very pocket-friendly.” The second-generation iPhone SE wasn’t as as compact as the first, but it made up for it in power. (It is powered by Apple’s flagship-level A13 Bionic processor, which is also found in each of the four iPhone 12 family members.)

However, according to Kuo, it seems that Apple will not adjust the size of the next iPhone SE 3. The next-generation iPhone SE will sport a 4.7-inch screen, similar to the 2020 iPhone SE. However, for people who desire a larger affordable iPhone, Apple may release a plus-sized iPhone SE alongside it. I’ll get to it later. Remember that the iPhone SE caters to two distinct groups of people: those on a tight budget who don’t want to spend $799 for an iPhone 13 (much less $999 for a Pro or $1,099 for a Pro Max) and those who enjoy small phones.

The iPhone SE 3 has a vintage design

Although there have been suggestions that Apple would give the iPhone SE 3 a substantial redesign, a report from Kuo seems to put such rumours to rest. According to Kuo’s claim, which was obtained by MacRumors, the third-generation iPhone SE would be comparable to previous SE models, implying that the vintage design is here to stay. That implies we’ll get the iPhone SE’s hefty top and bottom bezels, as well as a physical home button, likely with Touch ID, for a more tactile user experience. The forthcoming iPhone SE is expected to include a single camera on the back, similar to the 2016 model.

The iPhone SE 3 might, however, get a redesign. According to Forbes, Apple’s next inexpensive iPhone would employ the iPhone XR’s chassis rather than the iPhone 8’s, according to a claim from the Chinese blog MyDrivers.

The iPhone SE 3 is expected to include an LCD display and 5G connectivity

According to rumours, Apple will continue with an LCD panel for the third-generation SE instead of upgrading to an OLED display. OLED displays are often more bright than LCD displays, with greater contrast and deeper blacks. Given that similarly priced phones like the OnePlus Nord and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 Pro have sharp OLED displays, I’d love to see Apple opt with an OLED for the SE 3. However, according to a prediction by Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 would have incremental updates to features like 5G capability and CPU.

Is there going to be an iPhone SE Plus?

Yes, Kuo has been speculating about a bigger iPhone SE for a while, initially anticipating a release in late 2021 and then pegging it for the first half of 2022, which would coincide with Apple’s normal spring release of the iPhone SE. In April 2020, tech YouTuber Jon Prosser revealed the existence of a plus-sized iPhone SE on Twitter.

As previously stated, Young believes the iPhone SE Plus will be released in 2022. The anticipated iPhone is said to support 5G and have the same 4.7-inch LCD display as the current iPhone SE.