Apple will reportedly debut its third-gen iPhone SE handset in the first half of next year, a Monday report from Digitimes claims.
Apple has been making its (comparatively) low-cost iPhone models for the past five years, releasing its two previous versions in 2016 and 2020 respectively.
This timeline back up a previous report from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a recent note to investors, Kuo gave a similar schedule for the third-gen iPhone SE. He also suggested it would stick to the same design form factor as the current iPhone SE. However, it would come with a processor upgrade and 5G. Kuo said that it could well be the cheapest 5G iPhone yet — which, given the $399 price tag of the present iPhone SE, seems believable.
An even earlier report, this time from the founder of DisplaySearch, also suggested that the next iPhone SE will stick to the same 4.7-inch LCD display. That report said it would launch in 2022, and “may have 5G with Sub-6 GHz as well.”
The current (second-gen) iPhone SE uses the iPhone 8 body, but supercharged the internals. That made it the only present-era iPhone to stick with the Home button. There have been rumors of a future edge-to-edge iPhone SE, in line with the all-screen design that debuted with the iPhone X in 2017. But it seems likely that this will not launch for a long time. In other words, expect the Home button to stick around for a few years longer.
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