The iPhone SE (2020) was one of the most exciting phones of the year, offering great Apple hardware and software in a compact size and at a relatively low price.
It wasn’t a completely new concept for the company – it eventually followed up on the original iPhone SE in 2016, but it was a concept Apple hadn’t looked at in a while.
It’s been well received too, so we think it’s likely that we’ll see a follow-up that we currently refer to as the iPhone SE 3. We haven’t heard much about this phone yet, but we will gather all the news and rumors here as soon as we hear more. So check back frequently for the latest information.
For now, however, you can find what little we̵
In a nutshell
- What is it? The next affordable iPhone
- When is it out? Possibly in 2021
- How much will it cost? Probably around $ 399 / £ 419 / AU $ 749
IPhone SE 3 release date and price
The iPhone SE (2020) was launched in April 2020. So if Apple hits the market annually, the iPhone SE 3 could land in April 2021. However, since the company launched the first iPhone SE back in 2016, there is no guarantee that it will.
In fact, a leak has indicated that there won’t be an iPhone SE 3 next year, so we might have to wait a long time for the phone – if we even get it.
Elsewhere, analysts at Wedbush Securities have suggested that a cheaper 4G version of the upcoming iPhone 12 will land in or around February next year.
While we’d take this with a pinch of salt, Apple is unlikely to launch an iPhone SE 3 around the same time, further suggesting we could wait a while – although that 4G iPhone 12 might be the iPhone SE is 3 in all but names.
There’s also the iPhone SE Plus to consider. This was rumored to end up sometime after the iPhone SE (2020), and while we haven’t heard much about it lately, Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a good track record on Apple) claimed back in April, that the iPhone SE Plus may not land until the second half of 2021.
So this is another thing that could end up in place of or as the iPhone SE 3 – or maybe we’ll get an iPhone SE 3 and an iPhone SE 3 Plus.
As for the price, there’s no news there, but the iPhone SE (2020) starts at $ 399 / £ 419 / AU $ 749, so the iPhone SE 3 is likely to be similar in price – if not slightly higher.
iPhone SE 3 News and Rumors
We haven’t heard much about the iPhone SE 3 yet, but if it’s the rumored iPhone SE Plus, it will likely have a bigger screen than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2020). Rumor has it that it is either 5.5 or 6.1 inches.
Given that the iPhone SE (2020) came with the latest Apple chipset available, we can also assume that the iPhone SE 3 will do the same thing, which is likely to mean the A14 that we are likely to see in the iPhone 12- Series.
What we want to see
As good as the iPhone SE (2020) is, there is always room for improvement. That’s why we want the following from the iPhone SE 3.
1. A modern design
The iPhone SE (2020) has a pretty old-fashioned design and certainly an older design than the rest of the current iPhone range. So, we want things to be brought up to date for the iPhone SE 3.
By that we mean removing the home button and the large bezels above and below the screen for a more modern look. This also allows Apple to increase the screen size without increasing the overall size of the handset. Alternatively, the screen can be kept the same size and the phone can be made even smaller.
2. An OLED screen with a higher resolution
The iPhone SE (2020) has a 750 x 1334 resolution IPS LCD screen, neither of which is exactly up to date.
Now of course there are limits to what a medium range phone can do. However, when you consider that the OnePlus Nord and Google Pixel 4a, at similar prices, manage higher resolution and OLED technology (which usually offers better contrast and other enhancements compared to LCD), it’s hard to see how Apple does it could justify omitting these things in the next iPhone SE model.
That said, we wouldn’t expect it either – Apple rarely competes with Android phones in pure specs.
3. Better battery life
The iPhone SE (2020) has a tiny 1,821 mAh, which might seem reasonable given the phone’s compact size, but we found that it didn’t go far and took about a day.
It’s not terrible, but it is certainly not impressive. We therefore want a lot more from the battery of the iPhone SE 3, regardless of whether this is achieved through enlargement or increased efficiency.
4. Keep it small and affordable
The iPhone SE (2020) stands out for both its small size and its relatively affordable price, and we want both things to be kept for the iPhone SE 3.
There aren’t many compact phones out there – especially not with good specs, and iPhones aren’t known for being affordable either. So both things make a great combination.
5. More cameras
The iPhone SE (2020) only has one camera on the back and one on the front. While they perform reasonably well, they don’t give you the versatility that you can get with more lenses.
Even if the iPhone 11 only has a dual lens snapper, we don’t expect much more from the iPhone SE 3, but when you consider that competitors like the OnePlus Nord and Moto G 5G Plus have four cameras on the back and two on the Front, you’d think an extra lens or two wouldn’t be too much to ask.
At the time of writing, no current iPhone supports 5G. That will likely change with the launch of the iPhone 12, but we really hope that Apple will filter the technology down to the iPhone SE 3 as it is already available from some of the SE’s main competitors (2020), particularly the one mentioned earlier OnePlus Nord and Moto G 5G Plus, while Google has confirmed a Pixel 4a 5G is on the go.
7. A higher refresh rate
Another feature now offered by a number of competitors is a high refresh rate. The iPhone SE (2020) has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which until relatively recently was offered to all cell phones except game phones. Now, some mainstream models have refresh rates of 90 Hz or 120 Hz.
It’s a feature some of the iPhone 12 products are likely to have, but we’re not optimistic that Apple will bring it to the iPhone SE 3 as no current iPhones offer high refresh rates, so Apple will likely keep the technology premium. Function for a while.
But it would be great if the company included this as a standard feature – it could still differentiate by giving its flagships a rate of 120Hz (or higher) and the iPhone SE 3 a refresh rate of 90Hz.