With the iPhone 13 now in the wild, the iPhone SE 3 could be the next Apple handset to launch – and a new leak suggests its external design will remain largely unchanged, while a faster processor and 5G will be. added to specifications.
This is according to sources speaking to Macotakara (via Gizmodo), a Japanese blog from Apple that often obtains specific information in advance. What makes the speculation even more believable is that we heard a very similar rumor about internal and external changes to the phone in July.
So the iPhone SE 3 will apparently get the same Apple A15 chip inside the iPhone SE and 5G connectivity, but will also keep the existing 4.7-inch screen and the old Touch ID design, with a d button. physical reception integrated into the lower bezel.
Ready for spring
The report also suggests that the iPhone SE 3 will launch in the spring in the Northern Hemisphere, which is what we’ve seen before: the original iPhone SE appeared in March 2016, and its successor appeared in April 2020.
Apple recently ditched the more expensive 256GB version of the 2020 iPhone SE from the models it sells directly on its website, suggesting an update is well and truly on the way, although it will. have to wait several months for it to appear.
There has been talk that the iPhone SE series will eventually get Face ID support and a notch of some description, but it now seems unlikely that the change will happen in time for the next product refresh.
Analysis: What’s the plan for Apple’s smaller phones?
The future roadmap for the iPhone SE isn’t as clear as it could be, as Apple is now also making a miniature version of its flagship phones. Although there were rumors that it would be canceled, the iPhone 13 mini did appear as expected in September 2021.
This 5.4-inch handset makes us think that the long-rumored iPhone SE Plus – a larger version of the SE – isn’t coming, at least not for some time. It would be one handset too many at the more compact end of the iPhone range.
Rumors and supply chain speculation have been that the iPhone 12 mini has not sold particularly well, but if Apple follows the iPhone 13 mini with the iPhone SE 3, it would appear that there is has a strong enough demand for these smaller smartphones for Apple to continue to push them back.
The next question is whether Apple will decide to release a mini version of the iPhone 14 next year, or if the iPhone SE 3 will be the only real option for those who want a compact iPhone. The iPhone 13 mini’s sales numbers will undoubtedly play a big part in Apple’s decision.
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