Production of the iPhone SE 3 is expected to start in 2021: According to a report, production is scheduled to start in December, and the new entry-level model is expected to be launched in the spring of 2022 – which is also the time of year Apple chose for the two predecessors.
Supply chain sources say that the third generation of the iPhone SE will catch up with the current iPhone 13 in two core components. The new model is supposed to feature Apple’s A15 Bionic chip as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 modem, so that the entry-level model could also use 5G networks.
Apple would then have completed the transition to 5G; the manufacturer will no longer introduce pure LTE/4G smartphone models in the coming year – but the iPhone 11, which is priced higher than the iPhone SE, will probably remain in the lineup for the time being.
iPhone SE will probably remain in the iPhone 8 case
No innovations are planned for the display size and shape: The iPhone SE 3 will continue to be in the familiar iPhone 8 case – along with a now relatively small-looking 4.7″ LCD display and the home button with integrated fingerprint scanner (Touch ID), according to Japanese publication Macotakara.
It has been speculated for quite some time that Apple is considering introducing an additional larger version of the iPhone SE based on the iPhone 8 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. However, there is no concrete information about this so far, nor does such a model seem to have a meaningful place in the current iPhone lineup. Apple now sells the iPhone 11 with a 6.1-inch screen at a price directly above the SE.
Entry-level iPhone under 500 Euros
The iPhone SE, which was relaunched in 2020, has been sold by Apple unchanged since its launch, starting at just under 480 euros. It can be found in stores for around 400 euros in some cases, but is still significantly higher than the prices of the first iPhone SE generation, which ranged between 300 and 350 euros.
A redesign of the sizes is expected for the iPhone flagship models in 2022: According to several reports, Apple will eliminate the Mini and only offer models with 6.1″ and 6.7″ displays, each as a normal and a Pro version.