Apple unveiled its revamped iPhone SE in the spring of 2020, but the petite iPhone was a no-show at the company’s April, September and October events this year. Instead, the tech giant showed off its new MacBook Pro models, AirPods 3, Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and updated entry-level iPad alongside the iPhone 13 lineup. A fresh new purple iPhone 12 also sent the internet into a modest frenzy when it was unveiled earlier this year.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive iPhone with an LCD display, 5G compatibility, and a vintage style, you might want to hold off until Apple releases the iPhone SE 3. It’s also possible that it’ll be the iPhone SE Plus. According to display researcher Ross Young, Apple will release an iPhone SE Plus in 2022 with 5G capability and the same 4.7-inch LCD panel as the present iPhone SE, while the iPhone SE 3 will be released in 2024.
Following Apple’s September event, the company removed the 256GB iPhone SE from its online store. The change was first spotted by MacRumors, which reported that the highest-storage option for the iPhone SE was discontinued. This could signal that Apple is ramping down production of older iPhone models as new ones become available.
You’re going to have to be patient if you’re dead set on buying an iPhone SE 3. The third-gen version of the iPhone SE likely won’t appear this year, but instead in the first half of 2022, according to a research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. His rumored timeline was later echoed by a report from DigiTimes that speculated the new 5G iPhone SE could be on its way in the first half of 2022 with an updated A14 Bionic chip.
The rumor mill is a persistent force, and it’s been dishing out details on what the third-gen iPhone SE might look like. If you’ve been holding out for Apple’s budget bestseller, buckle up, read on and keep checking back here for the latest iPhone SE 3 buzz.
According to Young, however, the iPhone SE Plus may debut in 2022 instead of the iPhone SE 3. The third generation of Apple’s affordable iPhone is said to not make an appearance until 2024.