MagSafe, 5G, Face ID, what to expect?

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This year, Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone SE. Here is its spec sheet based on the latest rumors and most relevant analyst reports.

iPhone SE 2022: design, screen and size

Design: format and design similar to the previous model released in April 2020. The edges would be rounded, and on the front, the screen would give way to two wide bands at the top and bottom of the device. Ignition and volume management buttons would still be present on the sides, in addition to the switch for silent mode. At the rear, a single photo lens would be there, see below on this subject.

iPhone SE 2020


Screen size: just like on the previous generation iPhone SE, on this new model, the LCD panel would measure 4.7 inches diagonally.

Biometric identification technology: no Face ID, but integrated Touch ID fingerprint recognition, as on the 2020 iPhone SE, in the Home button at the bottom of the front panel.

iPhone SE 5G: what performance?

The iPhone SE+ would be equipped with a chip A15 Bionic of the latest generation. This is present on the most recent iPhones of the 13 series. It would be a leap forward in terms of power compared to the iPhone SE of 2020, which was powered by an A13 Bionic chip and 3 GB of RAM. On this subject, we can predict a 4GB RAM for iPhone SE+ quantityas on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 in particular.

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Photo and video capabilities

Unfortunately, the iPhone SE version 2022 should not offer great improvements in photography and video. At the rear, we should find a single 12-megapixel sensor, and at the front, a 7-megapixel FaceTime camera, as on the older generation. Despite everything, we can count on the power of the A15 Bionic chip and the new Neural Engine to take better photos than with the old version of the device.

Other Notable Features

Last name : always according to the latest information available, the name of the new Apple smartphone should simply be iPhone SE+ and not iPhone SE 3. The idea being there to simply translate a minor update of the iPhone SE of 2020, with some different characteristics, but without major novelties. In fact, the Californian firm would prepare an iPhone SE 3 for 2023 or 2024. And the latter would then display a “new” design (possibly taking up the format and case of the iPhone X or XR), with Face ID therefore, and notch . And without Touch ID or Home button.

5G compatibility: otherwise, this iPhone SE+ should take advantage of 5G connectivity.

MagSafe: presumably, the MagSafe should not be on this new iPhone. Qi wireless charging would however remain possible as on the old model.

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Finishes and storage

Finishes: the iPhone SE of 2020 offers 3 different finishes, white, black and red. The 2022 model could also be available in 3 finishes. The red would always be there. The “Starlight” and “Midnight” finishes seen on iPhone 13 would come to replace the classic white and black.

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Storage : the iPhone 13 offers 128 GB in base capacity. The 2022 iPhone SE could do the same and also offer 256 GB for a double choice, as on the 2020 iPhone SE (which was available in 64 or 128 GB). In 2022, it remains difficult to be satisfied with 64 GB all the same, given the size of photos and videos now. We would be surprised, in any case disappointed, to see Apple still offering such a low capacity today.

Rates and availability

Price : the iPhone SE of 2020 costs €489 in the 64 GB version and €539 in the 128 GB version. The iPhone SE of 2022 would come equipped with 5G and more gigabytes. In addition, rumors on the subject evoke a price increase for this new generation compared to the old one. But Apple would still present the device as the cheapest iPhone equipped with 5G. The Californian firm would therefore logically place it under the iPhone 13 in terms of price. The latter costs 689 euros, we can imagine the iPhone SE + displayed around 530-550 €.

Release date : the typical schedule for an iPhone release is as follows. Earlier this week, Apple announced the new product during a keynote. The following Friday, pre-orders start. The following Friday, the first deliveries are made and the machine is available in the Apple Store. Here is what we would obtain for the iPhone SE 2022 by modeling the same exit strategy:

  • Presentation date and keynote: probably March 8
  • Launch of pre-orders: March 11
  • In-store availability: March 18
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Except that the latest information mentions difficulties on the production lines. The release of the iPhone SE 2022 could therefore be later, towards the end of March or even in April.

In summary

Finally, here is a report of the probable technical sheet for the iPhone SE 2022:

  • iPhone SE+
  • A15 Bionic chip with 4 GB of RAM
  • 5G compatibility
  • Touch ID, and therefore no Face ID
  • Design similar to iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone 8
  • 128 or 256 GB storage
  • Base price between 500 and 600 €
  • Release at the end of March or during April

Is this a machine you are particularly looking forward to?

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