Apple set to plunge headfirst into 5G in 2022! At least that’s what the rumors published by websites in Japan and Taiwan say. The new mobile generation should even be available in the new iPhone SE. Although this should get the same Snapdragon X60 modem as the iPhone 13, it still looks stuck in 2016.
- The iPhone SE could appear in a 5G version in 2022
- The model is supposed to keep the design that it inherited from the iPhone 8/7/6S/6
- Rumor has it that the SoC will be the new Apple A15 Bionic.
According to Japanese website MacOtakara , which cites “reliable sources in China,” Apple’s cheapest iPhone will get an update in spring 2022. This should shine through the use of the Snapdragon X60 modem. The component, together with the new A15 bionic processor in the current iPhone 13 lineup , is responsible for the 5G connection. The currently most powerful smartphone SoC is also named for the new iPhone SE (2022 ).
While the hardware gets a significant boost in performance, there should be no changes in the design. The design of the iPhone SE 2022 should be very similar to the 2020 model . Apple is once again thawing out the design of the iPhone SE from 2016.
The rumor published by MacOtakara corroborates a leak by the site Nikkei Asia in July, according to which all iPhones will be equipped with 5G by 2022. It remains to be seen whether Apple will leave the current SE (2020) and iPhone 11 models on the market, the only ones not compatible with the new mobile networks.
Using a next-gen processor in the entry-level model might seem odd. But if this strategy were to be confirmed, it would repeat the steps of the previous two generations of the iPhone SE, released with the most advanced SoC offered by Apple at the time (A9 and A13 respectively).
In addition, the company could use components with a reduced adaptation time or with fewer GPU cores – as is already happening in the iPad Mini 6 or iPhone 13 compared to the iPhone 13 Pro models. A practice known as product binning , widely used in CPUs and GPUs, for example.
It remains to be seen how the battery will cope with the consumption of the modem and how much space inside the device will have to be sacrificed for the additional component. But there’s still plenty of time to confirm (or deny) the rumors.
Are you excited about the new iPhone SE or are you already fed up with the design of the iPhone 6? For me personally, an iPhone SE with an A15 chip would be a very attractive option, especially if it maintains compatibility with the cases and accessories that have been on the market for many years.