Apple could use its now-usual spring event to update its most affordable smartphone. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claimed in his latest newsletter that Apple is expected to introduce a third-generation iPhone SE this spring via a virtual presentation that “probably” will take place in March or April. Echoing past rumors, Gurman understood that the new SE would still stick to the iPhone 8-era design, but add 5G and a new processor — possibly the iPhone 13’s A15, if Apple’s history of use of last year’s high-end chip is any indication.
No other changes were discussed. It wouldn’t be surprising if Apple increased the storage to 128GB or updated the camera sensors (again borrowed from the iPhone 8), but those aren’t guaranteed given Apple’s cheap focus for the iPhone SE. A larger battery may be required to compensate for the generally higher power consumption of 5G.
If the leak is correct, the new iPhone SE would be disappointing for those who want a modern design with almost all screens. You would still have a relatively small screen, thick bezels and a button-based fingerprint reader. As we just said, price is everything for the SE. The current model’s $399 price tag helps Apple reach a number of customers who might not otherwise be able to justify an iPhone. The company may not want to do anything that could cause even a small price hike, if only to maximize the SE’s potential audience.
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