Research firm TrendForce has claimed in a research note today that Apple’s third-generation iPhone SE is expected to release in the first quarter of 2022 as a mid-range smartphone with 5G capabilities, MacRumors is reporting.
Previously, veteran Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predated that the next-generation iPhone SE will sport a similar design as the current model with a 4.7-inch display, Touch ID home button, and thicker bezels. He further that said key upgrades to the device would include 5G support and a faster A15 SoC.
Based on today’s report, Apple is staying with the plan to release its next iPhone SE in 1Q22 and four models under a new series in 2H22.
The third-generation iPhone SE is expected to be a major instrument in helping Apple establish a presence in the market segment for mid-range 5G smartphones. Its production volume for 2022 is forecasted to reach 25-30 million units.
Earlier rumours have also hinted that Apple is developing a larger version of the iPhone SE, although that device is not expected to release until at least 2023.