Apple’s cheap iPhone SE 3: release date, features and price

By: News Desk
Published: 07:03 PM, 5 Mar, 2022
Apple’s cheap iPhone SE 3: release date, features and price
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Apple is hotly tipped to launch a new iPhone in a matter of days. Better yet, it's supposedly going to be a "cheap" model that will be very affordable, The Sun reported.

The “affordable” iPhone will be the third variant of the “Special Edition” (SE) lineup, which is Apple’s cheapest lineup.

A first-generation model launched back in 2016, followed by a second-generation variant in 2020.

It was designed to be a cheaper option that ran alongside the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. This proved popular, so Apple repeated it in 2020 with the iPhone SE 2. The device launched with the iPhone 11, but borrowed most of its design from the iPhone 8. However, it shipped with more powerful components than the iPhone 8 – and was significantly cheaper than the iPhone 11.

Now Apple is expected to unleash the iPhone SE 3 in a matter of days.

Release date for SE 3:

Apple hasn't publicly confirmed the existence of the iPhone SE 3 – yet. But the company has announced a "special event" for March 8. This Apple spring event is a reasonably regular feature for Apple, and was used in 2020 for the previous iPhone SE announcement.

Apple has named the event "Peek Performance", which is fairly mysterious. If Apple does announce the iPhone SE 3 on March 8, we'd expect the phone to be available for pre-order that same Friday – March 11. Then Apple would likely begin selling the phone in stores the Friday after that – on March 18. This handset is expected to launch in March or April, the Apple insider said in a newsletter.

Expected Features of iPhone SE 3:

The iPhone SE is a key franchise for Apple offering the most affordable starting point for people often buying an iPhone for the first time. It also caters perfectly for people who need a phone but don’t want all the bells and whistles. Apple will likely follow its usual approach on making incremental improvements across all areas such as the processor power, battery life and screen.

The other big story will be the addition of 5G. All the operators in the UK are keen to get as many people onto 5G as possible and having the entry level iPhone supporting the technology is key.

A leak earlier this year suggested that the new iPhone would enter production in January. Usually Apple announces new iPhone models in September. But the company has launched a handful of iPhones at events in the spring. It would be part of the cheaper iPhone SE range – which currently doesn't have a 5G option.

Apple only began offering 5G phones in 2020 with the iPhone 12. Since then, the iPhone 13 line-up has also launched with 5G on board.

Apple is tipped to be planning an iPhone 8-style device with a 4.7-inch display – and a Touch ID button on the front. But it's likely the phone will pack upgraded hardware, including a faster processor and more capable camera.

Price Range:

Rumours suggest it will cost just $299 – and the old iPhone SE will fall to an even lower $199.

The big news would be the introduction of 5G, which is now more widely supported across the US and UK. We're also expecting to see a more powerful iPad Air with a newer custom A-series chip. And a newer Mac is on the cards, too.