Apple may update its most affordable smartphone during its now-customary spring event. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman’s latest newsletter, Apple is expected to introduce a third-generation iPhone SE this spring via a virtual presentation “likely” in March or April.
In an echo of previous rumors, Gurman believed the new SE would retain the iPhone 8-era design while adding 5G and a new processor — possibly the A15 from the iPhone 13, based on Apple’s history of using last year’s high-end chip.
Other changes were not mentioned. It wouldn’t be surprising if Apple increased storage to 128GB or updated the camera sensors (again, borrowed from the iPhone 8), but given Apple’s low-cost focus for the iPhone SE, those aren’t guaranteed. To compensate for 5G’s typically higher energy drain, a larger battery may be required.
If the leaked news is correct, the new iPhone SE will is not for those who are looking for a modern screen design. You’d still have a small screen, thick bezels, and a fingerprint reader with a button. However, as previously stated, the SE’s price is everything.
The current model’s $399 price point allows Apple to reach customers who might not otherwise be able to afford an iPhone. To maximize the SE’s potential audience, the company may not want to do anything that could result in even a minor price increase.