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iPhone SE with 5G expected to launch early next year – plus all the other rumors so far

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The 2020 iPhone SE looks striking in red. At $ 399, it’s the most affordable iPhone you can buy.

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Apple usually shows the new iPhone SE in the spring, but this year the little iPhone didn’t show up at the company. Spring loaded event. Rather, a fresh new iPhone 12 purple, featured at the event, sent the internet into a mild frenzy.

But luckily for you, especially if you’ve been waiting for Apple’s best-seller. The rumor is a persistent force and has been giving details on what the third-generation iPhone SE would look like. Still, there is at least a few more months of speculation before Apple’s fall event, where the iPhone SE 2021 could be unveiled (although rumors say it might not be until 2022). So buckle up, read on, and keep visiting here for the latest iPhone SE 3 news.

The iPhone SE 3 won’t get smaller or bigger

In a world of ever-growing smartphones, the iPhone SE has earned best-seller status thanks in part to its diminutive size, as well as its powerful combination of price and features. The first-generation iPhone SE came in a small 4-inch frame and was praised by CNET’s Scott Stein for being “incredibly pocket-friendly,” among other things. Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE, released last year, wasn’t that small, but it made up for it hard. (Apple equipped it with the flagship level Bionic chip A13, the same chip that powers each of the four members of the iPhone 12 family).

However, with the upcoming iPhone SE 3, it seems that Apple will not resize, according to prominent Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo. Like the iPhone SE 2020, the next-gen version will have a 4.7-inch screen. Apple may release a larger-sized iPhone SE along with it, however, for those who want a bigger-budget iPhone. More on that later. Remember, the iPhone SE has two main audiences: budget-conscious buyers who aren’t interested in paying $ 799 for an iPhone 12 (much less $ 999 for a Pro or $ 1,099 for a Pro Max) and those who prefer compact phones.

A retro design for the iPhone SE 3

Although there have been persistent rumors that Apple gave the iPhone SE 3 a major makeover, a recent report from Kuo has apparently thrown cold water on them. In the report, seen by MacRumorsKuo says that the third-generation iPhone SE will be similar to existing SE models, which could indicate that the retro design is here to stay, if the report is to be believed. (I won’t go so far as to call the retro look cheugy yet.) That means we’ll get the iPhone SE’s signature chunky bezels on the top and bottom, as well as a physical home button, possibly with Touch ID, for a more tactile user experience. Like the 2016 version, the next iPhone SE is said to feature a single camera on the rear of the phone.


IPhone SE is small enough for the front pockets of a child’s or women’s pants.

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IPhone SE 3 leaned to get an LCD screen, 5G

Rumors are that Apple is sticking with an LCD screen for the third-gen SE, rather than upgrading to an OLED screen. OLEDs are typically more vibrant than their LCD counterparts, with richer contrast and darker blacks. I’d love to see Apple go for an OLED for the SE 3 considering similarly priced phones like the one. OnePlus North other Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro rock-sharp OLED panels. But a recent report from Kuo said that the iPhone SE 3 won’t bring a lot of major changes, but rather incremental updates to things like support and the 5G processor.

Will there be an iPhone SE Plus?

Short answer: yes, there should be. Kuo has been talking about a bigger iPhone SE for some time now, first predicting a late 2021 launch before tying the launch to the first half of 2022, which would potentially line up with Apple’s usual spring launch of the iPhone. I KNOW. Tech YouTuber Jon Prosser posted on Twitter about the existence of an oversized iPhone SE in April 2020.

The iPhone SE 3 probably won’t launch until next year

You will have to be patient if you are determined to buy an iPhone SE 3. The third generation version of the iPhone SE It won’t appear this year at Apple’s fall event, but rather in the first half of 2022, according to a recent research note from Kuo.

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