New 'iPhone SE 3' expected in early 2022, says supply chain sources

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in iPhone edited July 19
Sources within the component supply chain are reportedly expecting orders for an updated iPhone SE in the first half of 2022.

Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider
Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider


Backing up recent claims by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a new report says that Apple is planning to launch an updated version of the entry-level iPhone.

According to Digitimes Asia, unspecified industry sources say that orders for the phone will create new business for what it calls chip probing specialists. Chip probing is part of the quality testing process, and the publication's sources say that the work will be done by Xintec.

Xintec is a subsidiary of Apple's chip manufacturer TSMC. The Xintec subsidiary is a supplier for components for the original iPhone SE, and the newer model as well.

Digitimes has a strong reputation for the information provided by its sources. However, it has a much poorer track record in the conclusions it makes from that information.

In this case, the timeframe of H1 2022 does fit with Ming-Chi Kuo's estimates. Kuo also expects that this updated iPhone SE will remain the same size, but add both 5G and a newer A-series processor.

Kuo further expects the new iPhone SE to be the lowest-cost 5G iPhone ever made.

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,011member
    Umm, that looks like my mini.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,304member
    Okay, here’s my question. Do ‘leakers’ get paid? I ask because Apple is very aggressive in tracking down and punishing individuals or companies who leak. It would seem risky for an employee of one of the supply chain companies to do this. Risk is always trumped by money. Then there’s the age old supply vs demand. Tech blogs have a great demand for rumors and leaks so it would seem possible they are willing to pay for the information. I refuse to believe leaks come because of some desire to provide information without regard to remuneration. And if leakers get paid then how can we trust the accuracy of the leaks?
    edited July 19
  • Reply 3 of 11
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,252member
    lkrupp said:
    Okay, here’s my question. Do ‘leakers’ get paid? I ask because Apple is very aggressive in tracking down and punishing individuals or companies who leak. It would seem risky for an employee of one of the supply chain companies to do this. Risk is always trumped by money. Then there’s the age old supply vs demand. Tech blogs have a great demand for rumors and leaks so it would seem possible they are willing to pay for the information. I refuse to believe leaks come because of some desire to provide information without regard to remuneration. And if leakers get paid then how can we trust the accuracy of the leaks?
    If a leaker gets paid for leaking false information then they won't get paid again.

    But you would certainly be wise to not trust the accuracy of leaks.  I don't know why you would even consider trusting an effective rumour on the internet.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    Why keep the iPhone SE 3 the same size aka the iPhone 8? Get rid of the chunky bezels already. It looks so dated compared to everything else in Apple’s and everyone else’s line. 
    edited July 19
  • Reply 5 of 11
    jimdreamworxjimdreamworx Posts: 1,074member
    I don't see a Touch ID in the pic!  That is why I stay with SE.
    I mean, how else can you use your smartphone while driving?  Face ID is a bit too obvious to the cops.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Why keep the iPhone SE 3 the same size aka the iPhone 8? Get rid of the chunky bezels already. It looks so dated compared to everything else in Apple’s and everyone else’s line. 
    Then you have an iPhone 12 mini...
  • Reply 7 of 11
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,252member
    I don't see a Touch ID in the pic!  That is why I stay with SE.
    I mean, how else can you use your smartphone while driving?  Face ID is a bit too obvious to the cops.
    Could be under the screen or in the power button.

    Don’t use your phone while driving.
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  • Reply 8 of 11
    Hank2.0Hank2.0 Posts: 118member
    Using Apple's iPhone comparison website, the SE (2nd gen) fits right between the 12 and the 12 mini, size-wise. With the reported poor sales of the 12 mini, it would seem logical to drop the mini and use the savings to reduce the price of the new SE from $399 to, maybe, $299.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    mike54mike54 Posts: 441member
    I'm much prefer the bezels and the home button (headphone phone jack would be nice for me too). If the SE3 keeps this and increases the RAM and uses the latest CPU at the time, then I'm all in.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Why keep the iPhone SE 3 the same size aka the iPhone 8? Get rid of the chunky bezels already. It looks so dated compared to everything else in Apple’s and everyone else’s line. 
    Then you have an iPhone 12 mini...
    The Mini will be discontinued, the SE will not. 
    edited July 21
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Why keep the iPhone SE 3 the same size aka the iPhone 8? Get rid of the chunky bezels already. It looks so dated compared to everything else in Apple’s and everyone else’s line. 
    Then you have an iPhone 12 mini...

    The 12 mini is still too big. Give me a phone the size of an iPod Nano.
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