A new report from Digitimes Asia claims that Apple plans to launch a third generation iPhone SE in early 2022. The current version of the device was released in the middle of 2020 and notably contains the same A13 Bionic chip as the then flagship iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.

The third generation SE is rumoured to contain an A14 chip as opposed to the upcoming A15 headed for the next flagship iPhone. However the cost saving Apple will make on the chip is being invested into a 5G modem. If the report turns out to be true, it would make the new SE by far the cheapest 5G iPhone and one of the most affordable and competitive 5G phones on the market.

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Design wise, don’t expect too many (if any) changes as the report also suggests that the device is likely to retain the same design as the current SE including a Touch ID power button. This is perhaps unsurprising given this will help Apple to preserve a lower price tag. New components cost more money to make so this should help keep the device relatively affordable.

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