It was in 2016 when the iPhone SE debuted as a tuning of the iPhone 5s with the chip of the ‘6s’. Four years later, in 2020, we saw its second generation turned into an iPhone 8 with iPhone 11 components. And now, in half the time, 2022 is expected to serve as a welcome home for a third generation that aims to be more of a disappointment than a joy. Or not … We analyze everything below.
A reissue of the ‘XR’ flies over our heads
Despite having only two generations to date, we can understand what Apple’s goal is with its ‘Special Edition’ of the iPhone. It is none other than offering a classic device design, with an internal renovation of components and a competitive price that, despite moving it away from the low range, becomes an excellent high-end at a mid-range price.
Taking into account that the ‘8’ was the last iPhone redesigned with the ‘SE’ of 2020, there are those who dream (we dream) of an iPhone XR remade for 2022. More even if we consider that this device was discontinued by Apple a few years ago. months, having been a best seller from the first to the last day. Taking into account that the aforementioned iPhone 8 was the last of its kind to incorporate the Home button, why not already make an ‘SE’ that has a more modern design?
It is clear that Apple cannot present as its cheapest smartphone a device that comes with TOP design, materials and components, so it would not displease to see a reduced ‘XR’ to save costs either. For example, instead of Face ID, mount the Touch ID on the side button as it already happens in some iPads, but still maintain aspects such as its only camera or even the same battery.
Precisely the autonomy of this terminal was already the best in its time and even today it can be assumed, even more so seeing how bad the current iPhone SE performs in this section. And it is that, although it sounds surprising, really the comparison between the iPhone XR and the SE 2020 lets us see two phones much more similar than it seems, so it does not sound so crazy to see a version like the one we describe in 2022.
Jug of cold water with what will actually be
Desires aside, reality marks something very different for us. Some of the analysts with the highest level of credibility such as Mark Gurman (Bloomberg) or Ming-Chi Kuo (KGI Securities) suggest that the iPhone SE 2022 will be identical to the current model, but with some added features.
Apple intends it to be the cheapest 5G phone in the world, keeping it probably at the same price and giving that connectivity as the main claim. In addition, it is expected that it will also carry the A15 Bionic chip that is already mounted on the iPhone 13. However, there is no talk of any change in the design or an improvement in the battery. And frankly, considering how little standardized 5G connectivity is, we think it would be a very decaf device.
Based on other rumors that point to the disappearance of the ‘mini’ iPhone models also next year, this idea of recycling the current iPhone SE and continuing to offer a compact device makes sense. And it is true that there are those who do not care about the aesthetic aspect and who continue to maintain the Home button. Obviously Apple will have its market analysis very studied, but it sounds strange to say the least.
Seeing the iPhone SE 2020 with that format was already controversial, despite the fact that the sales figures showed the opposite and hence, in the absence of being official, it has a vote of confidence. Be that as it may, it would not get to March at least, so we will continue to be attentive to new information with which to continue knowing if this new smartphone hides any surprises.