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Multiple sources agree Apple will introduce a new iPhone SE model with 5G in 2022. But a new report says the first in this budget line with an edge-to-edge display won‘t launch until 2024.
And the third-generation model expected in 2022 will allegedly have an unexpected name.
iPhone SE Plus won‘t really be “plus”
Apple will debut a handset called the iPhone SE Plus in 2022, according to a post by display expert Ross Young on Twitter. But unlike previous Apple handsets the “Plus” won‘t refer to a larger screen size, as the model will keep the same 4.7-inch screen as the current version, which is based on the iPhone 8.
Instead, the “Plus” apparently refers to the addition of 5G.
Larger iPhone SE in 2024
Last spring, Young thought the followup model would have a 6.1-inch screen, a hole-punch camera and launch in 2023. He now predicts the device will have a display somewhere between 5.7 inches and 6.1 inches and won’t be out before 2024.
We now hear the next LCD iPhone will be introduced in 2022 and called the SE Plus with the same 4.7" LCD as the 8 along with 5G. We hear the iPhone SE3 with a 5.7" - 6.1" LCD is now pushed to 2024. https://t.co/9gxiAAk8Yi
Young is an analyst focused on the display business, and the the founder of DisplaySearch.
Not everyone agrees
Others have different opinions. A rival report from just a few days ago claims the 2022 iPhone SE (whatever its name) will have a 6.1-inch display as its design will be based on the iPhone XR.
No matter the design, if Apple holds to its previous practice, the next budget iPhone SE will come out in the spring of 2022. Fall is reserved for Cupertino’s flagship models.
The 2022 model will eventually take the place of the iPhone 13 mini in Apple’s lineup. Poor sales mean there will supposedly be no more 5.4-inch iPhones.