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iPhone SE 3: Everything we know about Apple's budget 5G phone (so far)

Apple iPhone SE 3 rumors: the new phone is said to look very similar to the iPhone SE (2020)
Apple iPhone SE (2020) - the new SE 3 is rumored to look very similar (Image credit: Apple)

The mobile industry is poised for the arrival of a third-generation iPhone SE with 5G support, with reports suggesting it will be the main announcement at Apple's online launch today (08 March). P Morgan analysts, according to Reuters (opens in new tab), have enthusiastically predicted that the new phone “has the potential to attract more than a billion non-premium Android users.” 

We are more likely to believe the imminent launch rumors now French site Consomac (opens in new tab), via TechRadar (opens in new tab), has spotted that a iPhone believed to be the iPhone SE 3 has been certified by the Eurasian Economic Commission – a Russian regulator. With invites now being sent out for the virtual press conference from Cupertino, we'd hope that the third-generation iPhone SE will be the headline product at the presentation. 

The "Peek performance" Apple event will be held at 1pm EST / 6pm GMT on 08 March - and you will be able to follow along with us on Apple's YouTube page. (opens in new tab)

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iPhone SE (2022) or iPhone SE Plus 5G?

In truth, it’s unlikely the third-generation iPhone SE will be called the iPhone SE 3 – it could follow iPhone SE (2020)’s naming convention and be called the iPhone SE (2022) or, according to the latest phone rumors (opens in new tab), be called the iPhone SE Plus 5G. The official announcement will reveal exactly what this latest iPhone generation (opens in new tab) will be called.

JP Morgan's analysts seem very confident about the success of the upcoming iPhone SE 3 and that’s largely to do with its 5G support. This is the very first mid-range 5G iPhone and, as well as turning the heads of android users, makes the phone tempting to 300 million users of older iPhones, without 5G support. Notably, according to the rumors, other than the 5G the third-generation iPhone will be much like its predecessor. 

iPhone SE 3 rumored specs

The iPhone SE 3 is said to look much like its predecessor, featuring big bezels and a home button which houses a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Leaks point to the iPhone SE 3 featuring an A15 Bionic chipset, which makes sense as this is the same as the iPhone 13 range. Some reports tip the upcoming smartphone as having a 4.7-inch LCD screen, just like the last model, while others point towards a larger 5.7-6.1-inch display.

It is also very possible that this will be the first of the SE range to offer support for MagSafe chargers (opens in new tab) and accessories.

The general school of thought is that the new phone will feature the same 12MP camera as the iPhone SE (2020) – but that it could use a new sensor. We expect a battery similar to the 1,821mAh one in the iPhone SE (2020), too. 

Price will be a crucial factor in the iPhone SE 3 living up to JP Morgan's analysts thoughts that the iPhone SE 3 has the potential to attract “nearly 1.4 billion low-to mid-end Android phone and about 300 million older iPhone model users.” Indeed, Loop Capital Markets analyst John Donovan (via Investor's Business Daily (opens in new tab)) has allegedly got hold of information suggesting the new phone could start at just $300 (£290 / €348)! 

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Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on www.digitalcameraworld.com (opens in new tab), she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of 5GRadar.com - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology.