Apple is working on two new iPhone SE models to launch in 2022 and 2023. The 2022 model is reportedly going to be a minor refresh to the current model that is on sale, while the 2023 model will feature major changes including a larger display and increased memory.
The new report comes via a note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has also reported on Apple’s second-generation VR/AR headset, AirPods Pro 2, and three Apple Watch models for 2022.
iPhone SE to get a major design refresh in 2023
As per Kuo’s note, seen by MacRumors, Apple has two new iPhone SE models planned for 2022 and 2023. The 2022 iPhone SE will launch in the first half of the year and feature the same design and 3GB memory capacity, that the current iPhone SE features. This would mean that users will have to bear with the aging iPhone 6-design language for another year. Trendforce reported that this iPhone SE model will also feature 5G networking.
In 2023, Apple plans to finally introduce a new design language for its entry-level iPhone model. This new model will include a larger display and 4GB memory.
We expect Apple to release a new iPhone SE in 2023 with a larger display than the 1H22 SE’s 4.7-inch and 4GB of memory support (vs. 3GB in the 1H22 SE). We predict that Luxshare-ICT will be the NPI supplier for the 2023 iPhone SE.
As per other sources, the 2023 iPhone SE model will feature a punch-hole display, an iPhone X-like design with an LCD display, and a side-fingerprint button.
There have also been reports that we might see an ‘iPhone SE Plus’ in 2022 with a 4.7-inch LCD display, 5G support, and more, however, this report has not been corroborated by other reputable sources yet.
It seems clear that the major selling point for 2022 iPhone SE will be 5G networking support. Apple is holding back the iPhone XR-like redesign for 2023, which will hopefully be the final nail in the coffin for the old iPhone 6-like design for iPhones.