It has been rumored for a while now that the iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 could land in early 2022, but now we can go beyond the rumors as both devices have apparently been certified by the EEC (Commission Eurasian Economics – a Russian regulator) .
Spotted by the French site Consumac, the regulator lists iPhones with model numbers A2595, A2783, and A2784, and iPads with model numbers A2436, A2588, A2696, A2759, A2437, A2589, A2591, A2757, A2761, A2766, and A2777, believed to belong to the iPhone SE 3 (which might actually land as the iPhone SE Plus 5G) and the iPad Air 5 respectively.
The listings don’t include any other details, but typically we don’t see devices going through the EEC and other regulators until after launch, so that’s perhaps the strongest sign yet. that these devices will be launched soon.
To be more specific, we recently heard a rumor that the iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 would land together, between March and May. Meanwhile, another leak indicated a March-April launch for the iPhone SE 3, and a slightly older leak suggested it would be here by the end of March.
So March seems like the earliest we’re likely to see these devices, but there’s also a good chance they’ll land within the month, and this new slate from regulators makes that timeframe ever more likely.
Analysis: 5G seems to be the main upgrade for both gadgets
If you’re interested in the iPhone SE 3 or iPad Air 5, be aware that rumors suggest there won’t be huge changes from their predecessors.
Both gadgets are rumored to be getting 5G which will be a big upgrade for some people, especially in the case of the iPhone SE 3, but beyond that a newer and better chipset currently seems be the only other significant change.
That chipset could be an A15 Bionic either way (the same one found in the iPhone 13 lineup), while the iPad Air 5 could also get an ultra-wide camera to join its main, but the design and screen on these two devices may not be for a change.
This makes the supposed name of the iPhone SE Plus 5G rather odd, as Apple previously used the suffix Plus to denote a larger screen.
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