The rumour about an iPhone SE 2020 successor (iPhone SE 3) hitting shelves in 2021 has been debunked, with the smartphone expected to make its debut sometime in 2022. Some artist renderings of the iPhone SE 3 showcased the phone with a modern design. However, a new leak from renowned tipster Ross Young tells us that the iPhone SE 3 will ship with the age-old 4.7-inch LCD panel. While this may come as a relief for those looking for smartphones with small screens, its unusually small size could potentially dissuade many. At the very least, you can expect the phone to be 5G-ready, come with support for both the widely-used sub-6GHz 5G network and the less-popular, but faster, mmWave technology.
However, there will be some respite for iPhone SE aficionados in 2023. Ross states that Apple will launch a refreshed 6.1-inch version of the iPhone SE 3 at that time. It will also herald in a new era of iPhones with a hole-punch selfie camera, instead of a notched one. Whether or not its specifications will remain identical to that of its predecessor remains to be seen.
Given that the iPhone SE 3 launch date is a year from now, it’s hard to tell what Apple has in store for us. If its predecessors are anything to go by, it will probably use this year’s A14 Bionic chipset and come with one rear camera. A capacitive fingerprint scanner seems likely for the 2022 model, too, although the 2023 variant could substitute that with a side-mounted alternative.