As per a new report, the next-generation iPhone SE will not be launching this year. It will instead launch in 2022, with 5G and faster performance thanks to a newer chip. This means that Apple’s cheapest iPhone will be stuck with 4G LTE networking for another year.
iPhone SE in 2022 will have the same old design with 5G
The new report comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, who notes that the next iPhone SE will launch in the first half of 2022. There are no design changes expected in the new model, and it will have the same screen size as the current variant on sale. This is a bit of a disappointment for eager customers looking to jump to Apple’s cheapest iPhone, as it will continue to have a dated design, instead of a fresh modern design like iPhone 12.
Here is an excerpt from Ming-Chi Kuo’s note, obtained by MacRumors, where he shares information on the new iPhone SE:
Apple will release the new iPhone SE model in 1H22. The exterior design and most specifications are similar to the existing 4.7-inch iPhone SE. The biggest change is to support 5G and processor upgrades.
There is no mention of a larger Plus or Max sized iPhone SE, which makes sense as it is a budget offering. Low budget is also the reason why the design is dated and does not use any of the new design cues from iPhone 12 line-up. Kuo’s note also does not mention any change in the camera, however, we can expect that Apple might upgrade it to a newer camera system to at least include Night Mode photography as a selling point.
Despite its outdated looks, the current 2020 iPhone SE is no slouch in the performance department. It boasts a powerful A13 chip, which outperforms most Android flagship smartphones. It also has a single-lens camera which performs well enough for its price. It lags behind the versatility that other smartphones in the price range offer, such as the ones from Samsung or OnePlus, but in terms of overall package and ecosystem, it is a great value.