Apple iPhone SE Plus release date, rumors, specs, features
(Pocket Ribbon) – The Apple iPhone SE was announced on April 15, 2020. It is essentially the iPhone 8 in design, with the same aluminum and glass construction. And by all accounts, it has been extremely popular as it is an ideal replacement for those who want a new Home Button iPhone to replace an aging model.
However, since its launch almost two years ago, rumors of an iPhone SE Plus have still surfaced. Some suggest this will be a larger model of the iPhone SE (2020) with a larger screen, while others suggest the Plus refers to an upgrade in specs and the addition of 5G capabilities.
We’ve rounded up all the speculation surrounding the next Apple iPhone SE. Here’s everything we know so far.
March 8, 2022Bigger iPhone SE in 2024?
Rumors about the next iPhone SE have been going around for a while, pretty much since the second generation came out. It was first claimed that a “Plus” model would be released sometime towards the end of 2020, which then moved to 2021. Of course neither happened.
More recently, the timeline has shifted to the first half of 2022, with multiple rumors and sources suggesting that the next iPhone SE — whether it’s called iPhone SE (2022), iPhone SE Plus or simply third-generation iPhone SE — is in March or April 2022. The most recent report claims that March 8 is the day to write in the calendar.
Normally, Apple holds a Spring event in March, while it’s also been two years since the second-generation iPhone SE came out, so it’s a reasonable suggestion that the next iPhone SE could arrive then. There are also claims that a larger iPhone SE could arrive in 2024.
Based on the rumours, the next iPhone SE will feature a similar design to the current iPhone SE (2020). It appears that the Touch ID button will remain below the screen and that screen will remain the same size as the previous model.
The second-generation iPhone SE has a similar design to the iPhone 8 – as we mentioned – with rounded edges and a glass back. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the next iPhone SE square and tie in with the rest of Apple’s portfolio, including the iPhone 13 series, but so far no renders or images have been leaked.
The current Apple iPhone SE (2020) has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. Any larger version of the SE would fit between this iPhone and the 6.1-inch iPhone 13, but that model is said to not be released until 2024.
Instead, the next iPhone SE is rumored to come with the same 4.7-inch screen as the iPhone SE (2020), along with Touch ID at the bottom, which sets it apart from the iPhone 13 mini.
The next iPhone SE will no doubt have True Tone, so the display will adapt to the environmental conditions to give you the best visuals, plus support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. It is unlikely to offer the 120Hz refresh rate found on the iPhone 13 Pro models.
Same as iPhone 13? Portrait mode, portrait lighting, smart HDR Video recording up to 4K 60 fps
For now, there are no rumors about what camera capabilities the next iPhone SE will offer. There is a single camera on the iPhone SE 2020. It uses the same sensor as the iPhone 8, but with the smarts of the iPhone 11.
It’s possible that a next-gen iPhone SE will have a dual camera like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, especially if it has the same chipset, but for now it’s guesswork.
What we would expect are features like Smart HDR, 4K video recording and night mode.
Hardware and Specifications
Apple A15 Bionic64/128/256GB storageWireless charging5G
The Apple iPhone SE (2020) runs on the Apple A13 Bionic platform, the same chip that powers the iPhone 11. The next iPhone SE is rumored to have the A15 chip under the hood, putting it on par with the iPhone 13 in terms of power. It is said to also offer 5G, which should make it the cheapest 5G iPhone.
The storage options are expected to remain 64/128/256 GB – the same as the current model – although so far there are no rumors describing them. Apple may drop the 64GB model in favor of a 128GB boot option like the iPhone 13, but it’s unclear for now.
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Like the iPhone SE, the next generation iPhone SE will undoubtedly support wireless charging, fast charging, Wi-Fi 6 and dual SIM support with eSIM.
Next Apple iPhone SE Plus Rumors: What Happened So Far?
Here are all the rumors about the next iPhone SE Plus so far.
February 7, 2022: Apple may hold an event in March to launch a low-cost iPhone SE with 5G
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claimed that Apple hopes to hold an event on March 8.
February 2, 2022: Apple iPhone SE 3 and two iPads appear in import data
A budget iPhone and two iPads are said to have appeared on import data for testing in India.
January 24, 2022: Apple iPhone SE 5G and new iPad Air expected in March or April
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the iPhone SE is expected to be announced in March or April with 5G, a faster processor and a similar design to its predecessor.
January 17, 2022: Next SE model would be called SE+ 5G
According to Ross Young, the next iPhone SE is rumored to be called the SE+ 5G and will come with a 4.7-inch LCD display. Larger display model coming in 2023 or 2024.
December 1, 2021: Apple iPhone SE 3 on track for March 2022, claims report
Market research firm TrendForce claimed that the third-generation iPhone SE will be announced in the first quarter of 2022, likely in March.
October 26, 2021: iPhone SE Plus with 4.7-inch display and 5G support tipped for 2022
Display analyst Ross Young suggests that the next iPhone will be called SE Plus, but will have the same 4.7-inch display and 5G. The larger iPhone SE with a bigger screen is reported to be pushed back to 2024.
We are now hearing that the next LCD iPhone will be launched in 2022 and will be called the SE Plus with the same 4.7 inch LCD screen as the 8 along with 5G. We hear that the iPhone SE3 with a 5.7-inch – 6.1-inch LCD screen is now being pushed to 2024. https://t.co/9gxiAAk8Yi
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) October 25, 2021
October 11, 2021: Apple iPhone SE (3rd generation) may launch 5G and Touch ID, Spring 2022
Japanese site Macotakara, as well as Nikkei Asia, claim that the iPhone SE (3rd generation) will continue to offer a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and have 5G capabilities. It is said to go into production in December 2021 and be released in the spring of 2022.
September 21, 2021: Next iPhone SE goes to 5G, iPhone 14 Pro disappears, analyst claims
Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the next iPhone SE will launch in 1H22 and offer 5G.
July 22, 2021: Apple may be making AirPods 3 soon, iPhone SE 5G likely too
Unnamed sources speaking to Nikkei suggest Apple plans to launch a new version of the iPhone SE in the first half of 2022. It said the iPhone SE would offer 5G, keep the A15 chip and 4.7-inch screen.
July 20, 2021: Apple could launch 5G iPhone SE 3 in early 2022
Digitimes claims that the next iPhone SE would arrive in the first half of 2022, offer 5G capabilities and have the same 4.7-inch screen as the second-generation model. A larger SE model could appear in 2023, it is claimed.
March 2, 2021: The next iPhone SE could arrive in early 2022 with support for 5G
According to Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), the next iPhone SE will arrive in the first half of 2022 with 5G and a similar design and display to the iPhone SE (2020) model.
June 22, 2020: Apple shows off the new iOS 14
Apple showed its next big update for iOS. It’s called iOS 14 and has plenty of improvements, including a redesigned home screen with live widgets and an app library. There are also cycling directions in Maps, a new Translate app and digital car keys. Plus App Clips allows you to use apps quickly without a large download.
April 21, 2020: A Plus-sized iPhone SE now debuts in 2021
Due to the global situation, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the larger iPhone SE Plus will debut in 2021 instead of later in 2020.
March 16, 2020: iPhone SE Plus comes with 5.5-inch screen
It looks like Apple is planning to release a ‘Plus’ model of the iPhone SE. Basically, this would replace the now-discontinued iPhone 8 Plus – there’s no ‘cheaper’ iPhone with a big screen right now, aside from the XR.
January 14, 2020: Longer screen and Face ID?
Just to put a cat among the pigeons, this rumor goes directly against current thinking and suggests that we won’t see a Touch ID sensor on an iPhone SE Plus, but a longer screen and Face ID. We’re not sure about this.
December 5, 2019: In addition to the iPhone SE, there will also be an iPhone SE Plus
TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will launch the iPhone SE2 Plus in the first half of 2021 and predicts the screen size will be 5.5 or 6.1 inches. However, he suggests that the Touch ID will be part of the power button on the side, which doesn’t fit with what we now know about the iPhone SE (2020).
Written by Britta O’Boyle.