Foxconn is said to have started production of the iPhone SE 3 in China, hiring dedicated staff for the same. Industry insiders suggest that the 5G-enabled iPhone SE could eat up the share of affordable 5G Android phones. That said, past rumors have long suggested that the iPhone SE 3 will be essentially the same iPhone SE that was launched in 2022, except for the internal chipset. This will be the first time that Apple’s new iPhone SE has not come with a new design.
iPhone SE 3 may launch on March 8
While some rumors suggest that the iPhone SE 3 will be called the iPhone SE 5G, others indicate that the phone will have an iPhone SE Plus. Apple did not comment on the iPhone SE 3 and its release date. However, leaks suggest a March 8 launch event that could see the launch of the iPhone SE 3, a new iPad Air and a new MacBook Pro powered by Apple’s M2 chip.
iPhone SE 3 Specifications
The iPhone SE 3 may retain the same 4.7-inch LCD screen with its thick retro bezels and the Home button with Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The front camera is also said to be the same 7MP unit, while the rear camera is expected to have a 12MP sensor. No change from 2020 model.
We need to see if Apple will upgrade the battery capacity in the iPhone SE. The current generation 2020 iPhone SE with A13 chip only barely manages a full day with 4G moderate usage. With a more powerful chip and battery-draining 5G network, the iPhone SE 5G may have issues with endurance.
New iPhone SE to be launched in 2023/2024
However, the leak also suggests that Apple is planning an all-new iPhone SE for 2023/2024. It is expected to feature a 5.7-inch screen and is said to be based on the discontinued iPhone XR. Some are also suggesting that it could be based on the iPhone 13 mini, which is said to have been discontinued from the iPhone 14 generation.