The new iPhone SE 3 is Apple's most affordable 5G phone to date. It is also the most compact iPhone and, therefore, easy to handle with one hand. What improvements Apple has made, whether we think it's enough, and whether you should care, you can read here.
It's all about the A15 Bionic
For journalists, the iPhone SE 2022 is not the most exciting phone. It looks the same as the 5-year-old iPhone 8. It's more expensive than its predecessor, it just has a new processor. That's it. But that's most likely enough. Because the A15 Bionic, the same chipset found in the iPhone 13 Series, is today's most powerful mobile processor. It makes 5G possible, and despite the price increase, it's still the most affordable new iPhone. And so, it will be the first option for those looking for a cheap iPhone or switching to the Apple ecosystem.
Same camera, but better photos
The new Apple iPhone SE still uses a 4.7-inch large (or relatively compact) screen with crisp Retina resolution. It is still not an OLED panel but a regular LCD. As a result, colors don't splash off the screen. Above the screen sits quite a bit of space, but the area below is used for the home button. In it sits the familiar fingerprint scanner. This makes the iPhone SE 3 the only iPhone with Touch ID recognition. On the back, we find a single 12MP camera with flash, but thanks to the A15 Bionic chip, it now features Apple's smart HDR algorithm; Smart HDR 4. Deep Fusion is also supported for better-exposed photos in the dark.
Main Apple iPhone SE (2022) specifications
Compact 4.7-inch HD-Retina display with True Tone display
Single 12MP camera with portrait mode, Smart HDR4, night mode & 4K video
Apple A15 Bionic processor for powerful performance
5G support for extra-fast internet on the go
Choose between 64, 128 or 256GB of storage
Fingerprint scanner on the front (Touch ID)
Stereo speakers with spatial sound
Strengthened glass in front and back
What is new, however, is the stronger glass. Both on the front and back, Apple applies the sturdier and more scratch-resistant Ceramic Shield. And as before, it is water and dust-resistant. Your iPhone SE 2022 should therefore last longer and remain more beautiful during its lifetime. It's also environmentally conscious. And to emphasize that, the device comes without a charger in the box. Chances are you already own one. Otherwise, you can charge it wirelessly. That, like many other specifications and features, has remained the same. "Never change a winning team," we shall say.
A teardown of the iPhone SE 3 shows that Apple is using a more than 10% larger battery than before. During the launch, Apple already reported longer battery life but that was then attributed to the more energy efficient Apple A15 Bionic.
We love to poke fun at Apple for its conservative updates. For example, we wrote that the iPhone SE 2022 is Apple's laziest update ever. But maybe we were a little too hard on Apple because the device brings more than just a new chipset.
According to a teardown from PBKreviews Apple is using a 2018 mAh battery. The iPhone SE 2020 had a battery capacity of 1821 mAh. That's a solid 10% more.
2 hours longer video
Apple claims that the new iPhone SE can play video as much as 2 hours longer than its predecessor. We can read on Apple's product page that this is mainly due to the "super efficient" A15 Bionic and an improved iOS version. But it is also partly due to a 10% larger battery.
As expected Apple just announced a new iPhone SE. Apple's most affordable iPhone gets 5G support and is more powerful thanks to the A15 Bionic. That's the same processor as in the iPhone 13 line-up.
The new iPhone SE still features a 4.7-inch display, making it one of the most compact iPhone. New is the stronger glass on both the front and back. According to Apple, it's the hardest glass on a smartphone ever and of the same type as on the iPhone 13.
The iPhone SE 2022 is powered by an Apple A15 Bionic; the same chipset as in the iPhone 13 and therefore just as powerful. This also ensures that there is support for 5G. In terms of appearance, little else has changed. There is still a home button under the screen with the old familiar Touch ID.
iPhone SE 2022 price
The camera still has a single 12MP sensor but this year supports Smart HDR 4 and Deep Fusion for more natural color reproduction and better night mode also during video recording. Apple's most affordable iPhone is available for preorder starting Friday, March 11 for a starting price of $429 and will be in stores starting March 18 in Midnight, Starlight and (PRODUCT)RED colors.
The iPhone SE is a beloved phone, relatively inexpensive too, so it's not surprising that Apple is working on a successor. However, according to rumors, Apple is not planning to put a huge amount of effort into the device.
It wasn't until iPhone OS version 3.0 until Apple added copy/paste to the iPhone, over 2 years after the launch of the first iPhone. Apple has not forgotten this technique because 2 years after the launch of the iPhone SE 2020 they are doing the exact same thing. One takes the design of the iPhone SE 2020, copies it and sticks an iPhone SE 2022 label on it. And on to the next product!
But not so fast because there are some differences, mainly under the hood, according to this rumor from @dylandkt. For example, the SE 2022 features 5G, made possible in part by a more recent Apple A processor. There were earlier rumors that the iPhone SE 2022 would look more like the iPhone XR and 11 in terms of appearance, but those plans proved too ambitious for the conservative Apple. Don't expect an iPhone SE with a notch until 2024 at the earliest.
Hole Punch camera for iPhone 14 Pro
The same Dylan, self-proclaimed Apple analyst further confirms the rumor that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get a hole punch camera. These rumors have been going on for some time now and are reported from multiple sources. Apple is expected to move some Face ID components under the display without sacrificing reliability and speed.
Conflicting reports about the successor of the iPhone SE (2020). This model doesn't get a successor every year, and earlier it was rumored that it wouldn't get a successor any time soon. Japanese MacOtakara, however, has a different opinion about this.
With the launch of the iPhone 12 mini you can wonder if there is still a need for a successor to the iPhone SE 2020. The mini is smaller, it is more powerful but it is also more expensive. And then there's something else that shouldn't be overlooked; sales numbers are lagging behind. Especially when compared to the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro / Max. And so the iPhone SE 2021 becomes to make a lot more sense.
As thinks MacOtakara. This Japanese publication has often made accurate predictions about future Apple products. They even think a SE 2020 successor will come sooner than expected. Possibly somewhere in April. According to their source, a Chinese supplier, the iPhone SE 2021 will be accompanied by the second generation AirPods Pro. These professional earpods will be given a new case. How and what is still unknown.
Few details known
For now, details are stil missing, so we advise you to take this with a grain of salt. Especially since analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier predicted that a iPhone SE 2021 wasn't expected in the first half of 2021. Kuo is also known for its accurate predictions when it comes to new Apple products. It's only a matter of time before we know who's right. It is striking that so far little is known about the iPhone SE 2021
Most important Apple iPhone SE (2022) specifications