Kuo: iPhone SE refresh will include 5G and a faster chip in early 2022

Iphone Se 2020 Hero
Iphone Se 2020 Hero (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple will release a newly refreshed iPhone SE in early 2022, according to a new Ming-Chi Kuo research note.
  • The updated device will ship with faster internals and 5G support.

Apple will release a newly refreshed iPhone SE in the first half of 2022 according to a new research note from the infamous Ming-Chi Kuo.

Despite some claims that we could expect a new iPhone SE sooner, Kuo says that the first half of next year is the sweet spot for Apple – but there's good news. Next year's iPhone SE will come with 5G and a faster system-on-chip (Soc) according to the research note that was seen by iMore.

Apple will release the new ‌iPhone SE‌ model in 1H22. The exterior design and most specifications are similar to the existing 4.7-inch ‌iPhone SE‌. The biggest change is to support 5G and processor upgrades.

Apple's current iPhone SE arrived in April 2020 and does not feature 5G connectivity. Next year's model will, says Kuo, while the current A13 Bionic SoC is likely to be updated to something much more speedy. Whether that's an A14 Bionic from the iPhone 12 lineup or whatever Apple puts in this year's flagship remains to be seen.

Beyond the addition of 5G and a faster chip, Kuo says that next year's update will be largely the same as the previous one in terms of size. The analyst also stopped short of saying that we can look forward to the return of Touch ID as well – something we're hoping will happen with this year's flagship iPhone 13 devices.

Apple is set to announce the iPhone 13 lineup in or around September this year depending on how the current pandemic situation impacts proceedings.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.