What you need to know
- Production of Apple's upcoming iPhone SE 5G is now rumored to begin in April.
- Apple's next iPhone SE could be announced in the second half of March or the first half of May.
- The new iPhone SE is expected to sport 5G connectivity but not get a redesign.
Apple's heavily-rumored iPhone SE refresh could be with us in the second half of April or the first half of May, according to a new report.
Display analyst Ross Young now believes that Apple will put the new iPhone SE 5G into production in March with the displays set to begin production within the next couple of weeks.
Apple 5G SE model starting panel production this month. Phone production likely from March. This means a launch is likely for 2H April/early May with shipments from late April or early May.Apple 5G SE model starting panel production this month. Phone production likely from March. This means a launch is likely for 2H April/early May with shipments from late April or early May.— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 19, 2022January 19, 2022
Previous reports by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman pointed to an iPhone SE refresh being announced as soon as March or April, potentially matching up with this new timeframe somewhat.
The refreshed iPhone SE is set to gain 5G support and a faster processor while an updated camera system is also likely. However, no new design is anticipated this year with changes potentially coming next year. Young himself recently suggested that a new, larger iPhone SE with a 5.7-inch display could be in the cards for a launch as soon as 2023.. Reports of a full design change with an iPhone XR-like design have also been floating around of late, although that shouldn't be expected until 2024 at the earliest.
If Apple is indeed to announce a new 5G-powered iPhone SE in April or May, a new iPad Air is also possibly coming alongside it. Expect both refreshes to be announced during some sort of streamed event rather than the in-person ones of yesteryear. Hopefully, they're back with us soon!
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