iPhone SE 3: What the rumors got right

The new iPhone SE has arrived.

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After months of speculation, a The third generation of iPhone SE Finally, her big entered into the “Peek Performance” event organized by Apple on Tuesday, along with New iPhone 13Promotion iPad Air and more (Here’s everything announced at today’s Apple event). The iPhone SE 3 has the same body as the iPhone 8 2020 iPhone SEBut it does feature a few upgrades — like the addition of 5G support and the Apple A15 chip — that bring an affordable iPhone into 2022.

Ahead of the iPhone SE 3 announcement, we followed the ongoing rumor mill for details on what the new iPhone SE could look like. Now that we know (most) the specifications of the third generation iPhone SE, how good are the rumors and leaks previously revealed anyway?

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Apple announced the much-anticipated iPhone SE (2020) during its “Peek Performance” event on March 8. It features the Apple A15 chip (the same chip found in the iPhone 13 series), 5G, stronger glass and maintains the same overall design as the previous generation.

The new iPhone SE starts at $429 and pre-orders start on March 11th.

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True: Apple’s new iPhone SE was announced on March 8

Yes, as we expected, Apple unveiled the third generation iPhone SE at its March event. The new iPhone SE will be available for pre-order starting Friday, and will go on sale at $429 on March 18.

Ahead of Apple’s event on Tuesday, several analysts, leakers, and reports indicated the correct timeframe for the iPhone SE 3 announcement.

On February 27, Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman said in his PowerOn newsletter that Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone SE 5G at its March event. His predictions were in line with those of Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who suggested that the third-generation version of the iPhone SE would appear in the first half of 2022, and TrendForce, which reduced the arrival of the iPhone SE 3 to the first quarter of this year.

On March 2, iMore reported a list of iPhone SE 3 cases that had a March 10 release date, which also supported the launch of the SE 3 on or around the day of the Apple event.

Read more: Is iPhone SE (2020) still worth buying?

Error: iPhone SE has Face ID

Unfortunately, there is no new way to unlock your iPhone SE. All of Apple’s current iPhones already feature Face ID except for the 2020 iPhone SE, and now the 2022 iPhone SE. The addition of the ability to unlock your iPhone SE 3 using facial recognition has been a coup for fans of Apple’s mid-range phones (especially since then). iOS 14.5 added an option to use Face ID while wearing a mask).

Face ID speculation came from Gurman, who reported in July that Apple plans to bring the face scanner to all related products — not just iPhone SE, but also all iPads and Macs. We’ll likely have to wait a little longer for Face ID to make its way to Apple’s budget iPhone.

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Right: iPhone SE remained the same size

In a world of growing super smartphones, the iPhone SE has earned the title of bestseller thanks in part to its compact 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 “amazingly pocket-friendly” among other things. Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE wasn’t too small, but it made it hard. (Apple supplied it to the leading level A13 Bionic chip, the same chip that powers each of the four members of the iPhone 12 family.) With the iPhone SE 3, Apple didn’t change the size. The new iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch screen, just like the iPhone SE of 2020.

The size rumor came from Kuo (via MacRumors) who predicted in April that the iPhone SE 3 wouldn’t get any bigger or smaller.

Remember, the iPhone SE has two main audiences: budget-conscious buyers who don’t care about paying $799 for the price tag. iPhone 13 (much less than $999 for a Pro or $1,099 for a Pro Max) and Those who prefer compact phones.

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True: iPhone SE has kept its old design

The iPhone SE 3 has the same iPhone 8 chassis as the 2020 iPhone SE, but now it has a more durable glass back and screen (just like the onscreen glass)iPhone 13 family).

Although there were rumors of Apple giving the iPhone SE 3 a major change to the iPhone XR’s chassis, an April report on Kuo threw cold water on him. In the report, seen by MacRumors, Kuo said the third-generation iPhone SE will be similar to current SE models, suggesting that the legacy design is here to stay.

Kuo’s report details the iPhone SE’s signature thick bezels on the top and bottom, as well as a physical home button, with Touch ID, for a more tactile user experience. Like the 2016 version, the new iPhone SE also features a single camera on the back of the phone.


The iPhone SE is small enough for a child’s or woman’s front pants pocket.

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True: iPhone SE got 5G support

Apple has added 5G support for the iPhone SE 3. The new version is an upgrade from the 2020 iPhone SE that did not offer this feature.

Kuo expected this upgrade before the iPhone SE was announced. The analyst also suggested that the iPhone SE 3 will have a gradual processor upgrade, which he received in the form of the A15 chip from Apple, the same processor seen in iPhone 13 . line.

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Looking Ahead: 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 release in late 2021 before it could launch in the first half of 2022. Tech YouTuber Jon Prosser posted on Twitter about having a plus-size iPhone SE back in April 2020, and in October, show analyst Ross Young speculated that iPhone SE Plus may come in 2022.

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