Rumors of the next model for Apple’s favorite compact smartphone are already in full effect, although it may be well over a year before we see one.
Analyst Ross Young posted to Twitter April 1 – salt grain, etc. – that the next iPhone SE will arrive in 2022 with the same 4.7-inch form factor as today’s SE. This updated model, Wrote Young, could come equipped with sub-6GHz variation on 5G instead of support for all bands, included ultra-fast millimeter wave spectrum. Young also mentioned hearing about a 6.1-inch model with a “hole instead of a notch” that could be released in 2023.
Some of this jibes with an earlier report from trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last month. Citing a Kuo supply chain report, 9to5Mac reported that Kuo also expects 5G connectivity to come to a 2022 model of iPhone SE. Kuo also said that he expects a 2022 model to have a 4.7-inch design, but with an upgraded processor.
The most interesting of these rumors is that Apple may plan to scrape SE’s form factor for a larger screen. It is unclear whether SE will have the same size body with slimmer frames, or whether Apple will size up SE (the latter would be bad news for the small hands among us).
Given that we apparently have more than a year to get a newer iPhone SE – per reports that have a new release projected for 2022 – it’s still good time for SE rumors to generate hype around a newer, more powerful device. But it looks interesting.