Rumor: iPhone SE 3 will ship with mmWave 5G

The news: In his first-ever Twitter leak, established leaker Ming-Chi Kuo (70.4% accurate) predicts various details about the upcoming iPhone SE.

The report…

  • Sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G
  • Storage capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB (returning after disappearing in September)
  • White, black and red colors
  • Similar form factor to the current iPhone SE
  • Mass production in March 2022…with estimated shipments of 25-30 million this year

Ian’s Take: There is quite a bit of new information here. I am glad that Apple is bringing back 256GB; I was very confused when they got rid of it mid-cycle. Many people assumed that the SE 3 would only ship with Sub-6 GHz 5G, the lower spec, for cost-saving measures. But it looks like Apple will be giving their cheapest device the same 5G as their flagship iPhone 13 series. This will make the phone even more enticing for Android users looking to switch. Despite my excitement for mmWave, I am worried that battery life will be abysmal…

Lastly, I am just so excited to see Kuo active on Twitter. Previously his reports had to be “obtained,” and now he is making them very accessible.

This is what’s coming at Apple’s March 8 event (updated)

Extremely likely

iPhone SE

iPad Air

Very Likely

Mac mini

New M2 MacBook Pro 13” (low-end model)

Ian’s Take: I am very excited for this event. At first, it seemed like an event for the new iPhone SE and iPad Air with a small Mac upgrade on the side. Now that we have Mark Gurman confirming the release of 2 new Macs, it is becoming clear to me that this event is about M2 Macs with the iPhone SE and iPad Air being secondary.

iPhone SE 3 rumor says it won’t get MagSafe charging

The rumor: Apple’s next budget iPhone won’t charge like the iPhone 13, according to Macotakara (55.9% accurate).

  • “According to reliable sources in China, the iPhone SE (3rd generation), which is supposed to be the successor to the iPhone SE (2nd generation) released in April 2020, will retain the iPhone SE (2nd generation) chassis design and will continue to support Qi wireless charging, but will not support MagSafe” Macotakara reports
  • Apple’s next iPhone SE is also said to feature a faster processor, but there won’t be much else new

Our take: As much and I thought MagSafe would happen on the new SE, we are talking about Apple’s cheapest iPhone here: implementing MagSafe into a design this old really wouldn’t be worth it for them. Again, this is going to be the smallest SE update yet.

iPhone SE 3 & iPad Air reportedly begin production ahead of Spring event

The rumor: 2 new Apple products are in production, according to Macotakara (55.9% accurate).

  • “Production of the iPhone SE (3rd generation) has apparently begun, as has the iPad Air (5th generation)” the report says
  • Apple is rumored to hold their first event of 2022 in either March or April where the new iPhone SE and iPad Air will be unveiled

Our take: Good news from the supply chain that matches up with what other sources have been saying. But will the next event take place in March or April?

First images of iPhone SE 3 show (lack of) design changes (update: fake)

Update 2/4: After others pointed out that the Apple logo was placed in the wrong position, Prosser has acknowledged the oddity.

The leak: Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE with 5G won’t look much different than the previous generation, according to Jon Prosser (69.4% accurate) via the Genius Bar podcast.

  • The new images show an iPhone SE in black that looks essentially identical to the iPhone SE released in April 2020
  • Apple is rumored to release the new iPhone SE at an event taking place in March/April

Our take: While I assumed Apple would have some slight way to differentiate the 5G iPhone SE from the 4G version…it doesn’t look like that will be the case. Perhaps only new wallpapers will set this apart from the older model?

iPhone SE 3 rumored to launch in Q1 2022

The rumor: Apple’s third-generation budget iPhone is scheduled to hit the market early next year, according to Trendforce (77.4% accurate).

  • According to the new report, “Apple is staying with the plan to release its third-generation iPhone SE in 1Q22 and four models under a new series in 2H22. The third-generation iPhone SE is expected to be a major instrument in helping Apple establish a presence in the market segment for mid-range 5G smartphones”
  • The iPhone SE 3 is expected to feature the same 4.7-inch design as the current version, but with a faster processor and 5G connectivity

Our take: I’ll be honest: I’m confused at how the iPhone SE 3 is going to work. Such a small and outdated design worked well 2 years ago in 2020, but I fail to see how Apple can put 5G in a smartphone that already has the worst battery life of the entire iPhone lineup. Some rumors suggested the new iPhone SE could have a 6.1-inch design, but apparently that isn’t happening until 2024…

iPhone SE 3 likely coming in first half of 2022 with A14 chip & 5G

The rumor: Apple’s next iPhone SE won’t be debuting until the first half of next year, according to DigiTimes (63.5% accurate).

  • According to the report, ‘iPhone SE 3’ will include the A14 processor and support for 5G connectivity
  • This story echoes prior rumors also pointing to a launch in the first half of 2022

Our take: If every source in the game is saying that a new SE is coming in the first half of 2022, I’m inclined to believe it. And feature-wise, it sounds like it’ll be just as minimal as the 2020 iPhone SE.

iPhone SE 3 coming in 2022, radical redesign in 2023

The leak: Apple’s next iPhone SE will be coming sometime in 2022, according to Ross Young (100% accurate).

  • What’s happening on next year’s SE: 4.7-inch LCD display & 5G connectivity
  • And the one coming in 2023: 6.1-inch LCD display with a punch hole design, rather than a notch

Our take: Considering that the 2023 iPhone is supposed to go all-screen with no interruptions, it seems possible that the lower-cost iPhone SE that year could get something wild like a punch hole. But seeing that the punch hole design is relatively premium right now, it will be interesting to see how Apple markets it.

iPhone SE 3 likely coming in 2022 with 5G & similar design

The rumor: We won’t be seeing a new iPhone SE model this year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (78.2% accurate).

  • Here’s what Kuo says to expect on the third-generation iPhone SE:
    • 4.7-inch display
    • Similar design
    • Faster processor
    • 5G
  • Apple may launch this new iPhone SE in the first half of 2022

Our take: Kuo is in disagreement with Macotakara (68.6% accurate) who believes a new iPhone SE is launching within the next couple of months. Going to believe Kuo here, who is 10% more accurate.