Apple announced several new items during the “Peek Performance” event that took place on March 8, 2022. The announcements included a new color for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the new Mac Studio desktop computer, a Studio Display, an updated iPad Air, and for the purposes of this post – an updated iPhone SE. Continue reading to learn more about the iPhone SE 2022 and to see how it stacks up against previous releases.
Apple iPhone SE 2022 release date
Apple announced the iPhone SE 3 on March 8, 2022. The new iPhone SE is the 3rd generation in the iPhone SE lineup and it is also referred to as the iPhone SE 2022. The 1st generation iPhone SE was released in 2016, and the 2nd generation iPhone SE was released in 2020. Pre-orders for the iPhone SE 2022 will open on March 11, 2022, and the phone will be available on March 18, 2022.
Apple iPhone SE 2022 features
The 3rd generation iPhone SE is arriving two years after the release of the 2nd generation iPhone SE. The look of the phone remains the same, which is great because it is still a small iPhone with a home button. But while things look the same on the exterior – there are some key improvements under the hood.
- 5G connectivity: Previous generations of the iPhone SE were limited to LTE, but this latest iPhone SE features 5G, specifically sub-6 GHz (in addition to LTE Advanced).
- Improved durability: The iPhone SE 2022 features an aerospace-grade aluminum and glass design, and Apple has made it clear this is the same glass as the iPhone 13. The phone also has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
- Apple A15 Bionic chip: The original iPhone SE has an A9 chip, the 2nd generation iPhone SE is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, and this latest iPhone SE is powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic chip with 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. For those keeping track, the A15 Bionic is what powers the iPhone 13.
In addition, and as a result of the A15 Bionic chip – you can also expect better battery life and camera-related improvements.
- Battery life: Apple says the iPhone SE 2022 will offer up to 15 hours of video playback and up to 50 hours of audio playback. The iPhone SE supports Qi wireless charging and can also be charged via Lightning cable. The phone is also fast-charge capable and can get a 50% charge in 30 minutes using an Apple 20W power adapter.
- Camera improvements: The camera hardware is the same as the previous generation iPhone SE, with a single 12MP wide camera on the back and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front. But the camera features have been improved. The iPhone SE 2022 gains Deep Fusion, Photographic Styles, and Smart HDR 4 for photos on the front and rear-facing cameras. The front camera also picked up slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 frames per second.
Apple iPhone SE 2022 vs. iPhone SE 2020 vs iPhone SE 2016
We’ve outlined some of the new features you’ll find on the iPhone SE 2022 – but make sure to keep scrolling to check out the full feature set, and to see how it compares to previous generations of the iPhone SE.
|iPhone SE (2022)||iPhone SE (2020)||iPhone SE (2016)|
|Display||4.7″ Retina HD display with True Tone (1334 x 750)||4.7″ Retina HD display with True Tone (1334 x 750)||4″ Retina display (1136 x 640)|
|Processor Chip||Apple A15 Bionic chip (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine)||Apple A13 Bionic chip (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, 8-core Neural Engine)||Apple A9 chip|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB||32GB, 128GB|
|Front Camera||7MP FaceTime HD||7MP FaceTime HD||1.2MP FaceTime HD|
|Rear Camera||12MP wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)||12MP wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)||12MP wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)|
|Battery||Not yet detailed||1,821 mAh||1,624 mAh|
|Battery Life Estimates||Up to 15 hours for video playback, up to 50 hours for audio playback||Up to 13 hours for video playback, up to 40 hours for audio playback||Up to 13 hours for video playback, up to 50 hours for audio playback|
|Size / Weight||5.45″ (H) x 2.65″ (W) x 0.29″ (D)|
|5.45″ (H) x 2.65″ (W) x 0.29″ (D)|
|4.87″ (H) x 2.31″ (W) x 0.30″ (D)|
|Colors||Midnight, Starlight, PRODUCT(RED)||Black, White, PRODUCT(RED)||Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold|
|Retail Price||Starting at $429||Starting at $399||Starting at $399|
While seeing these phones have so much in common (mainly between the 2020 and 2022 models) may lead one to question a purchase – it is important to keep in mind that this 3rd generation iPhone SE is powered by the Apple A15 Bionic chip. Simply put, the iPhone SE 2022 will be able to stay current for years into the future.
How much does the iPhone SE 2022 cost?
The iPhone SE 2022 is available with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of internal storage space. The retail price of the iPhone SE 2022 begins at $429 and increases based on the amount of storage you choose.
|iPhone SE 2022 (3rd generation)|
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