And the expected shipping numbers for Apple’s first mid-range iPhone 5G look pretty big.“In terms of product development, Apple is maintaining the plan to release its third generation iPhone SE in 1Q22 and four models in a new series at 2H22,” reads the TrendForce report.
The first quarter runs until March 31, so if correct, the iPhone SE 3 will arrive before the recent iPhone SE is two years old on April 24.
“The third generation iPhone SE is expected to be a major instrument in helping Apple establish a presence in the mid-range 5G smartphone market segment,” the report continued. “Its production volume for 2022 is expected to reach 25 to 30 million units. “
For comparison, research firm Omdia reported that the previous 2020 iPhone SE totaled 24.2 million shipments in its first year of sale. It would therefore be a considerable leap.
Of course, the iPhone SE 3 is our shortcut, with Apple until now preferring to call every budget handset simply “iPhone SE”. But that could apparently change with this generation, with a report suggesting that Apple is considering the name iPhone SE Plus – the “Plus” tag in this case confusingly denoting the handset’s new 5G connectivity, rather than a larger frame like with previous smartphones.
The next iPhone SE will apparently still be modeled after the 4.7-inch iPhone 8, with a physically larger 5.7-6.1-inch SE handset in years to come. That means you can expect the same somewhat dated look as the current model, with a Home button and chunky bezels at the top and bottom.
But it’s what’s inside that matters, and if past form is anything, you can expect the same super-fast Apple A15 chip that powers the excellent iPhone 13 family.
If that’s correct, and if Apple manages to keep a price around $ 399, then the iPhone SE 3 / Plus will be extremely competitive. Android handsets around this price point aren’t exactly slow, but even the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 can’t keep up with the A15 Bionic, and the mid-range struggles even more.
Apple will undoubtedly have to make compromises to keep the cost of the new iPhone SE down – screen and camera are the likely areas, if the latest generation is any guide. But it would still be a big surprise if it wasn’t another business success for Apple. Especially if the delivery delays of the iPhone 13 are still relevant in March.