Apple to launch iPhone SE 3, its most affordable 5G iPhone soon

Apple is rumored to launch a new 5G capable iPhone SE 3 during an upcoming virtual event probably to be held in March or April, Bloomberg News’ Mark Gurman reports.

Image: iPhone SE (2020)
Apple’s current A13 Bionic-powered 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2020) starts at just US$399

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The rumored iPhone SE is expected to be the most affordable 5G phone, which will help in the expansion of iPhone’s installed base. Apple has been benefiting from strong demand for its 5G-supported iPhone 12 and latest 13 devices.

Strategy Analytics data [shows that] Apple is dominating the 5G smartphone space in terms of global 5G shipment share, thanks to strong demand for iPhone 13.

Apple’s affordable 5G-supported iPhone SE is expected to feature the same 4.7-inch LCD display with the iPhone-8-like design, per analysts like Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, Ming-Chi Kuo and DSCC’s Ross Young… The rumored iPhone SE is not expected to feature any significant design changes. It is expected to be powered by A15 Bionic, an upgrade from the current iPhone SE’s A13.

In terms of storage, Apple will most likely follow the iPhone 13 pattern, with starting capacity at 128 GB instead of 64 GB for the upcoming iPhone SE.

MacDailyNews Take: A 5G-capable iPhone SE with an A15 and 128GB storage for $399 would sell like hotcakes, even without any design changes. Maybe just some new color options to further sweeten the deal and Apple will move boatloads full of iPhone SE 3 units!

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  1. In many ways, the better iPhone. Simple and intuitive. Fits easily in pocket and works with one hand (for most people). Gets the job done without the complexity. No notch, no bulge. And more affordable. I hope Apple keeps updating its performance specs, keeps same design, for a long time. It’s the iPhone “classic” 😎

  2. In terms of specs there are 399$ phones that beat it, however, with full Apple UI and almost all eco capability, Apple quality, full OS updates many years — the argument of SE as the best phone dollar for dollar is a good one. It isn’t a perfect argument by any means but it is a good one (again especially the OS update life which exceeds competition by 100% if not more, a very undervalued feature on tech channel reviews).

  3. Nice phone, but 5G is hardly its top selling point. I moved to a 5G iPhone recently and haven’t noticed a difference, despite living in an area that actually has 5G coverage. It just doesn’t matter at all for 99.9% of the mobile data you consume.

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