Now that the iPhone 13 has arrived, the next iPhone Apple will
launch will likely be the second generation of the latest iPhone SE. And based on the rumors, Apple's cheapest iPhone
might be getting a serious upgrade.
The changes might not be visible on the outside, however.
According to Japan-based Apple site Macotakara (translation), reliable Chinese sources have
told the site that the next iPhone SE will continue to adopt the
4.7-inch Retina HD display and Touch ID. That would make it the
only iPhone to have a home button in 2022 and one of only two Apple
products to have one, along with the recently released ninth-gen iPad.
However, the inside could bring big changes. The site reports
that the new iPhone SE will adopt Apple's latest A15 Bionic
processor, a significant upgrade over the A13 Bionic in the current
model. Macotakara doesn't say which version of the A15 Apple will
use, since Apple offers several versions of the A15 in the iPhone 13 (3.23GHz, 4-core GPU), iPhone 13 Pro (3.23GHz, 5 core GPU), and iPad mini (2.93Ghz, 5-core GPU).
Furthermore, Macotakara reports that the iPhone SE will use the
same Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem in the iPhone 13. Previous
rumors suggested that the second-gen iPhone SE would be the
cheapest 5G iPhone, but this is the first time we've heard that the
iPhone SE would be getting the newer X60 modem rather than the X55
modem in the iPhone 12.
The iPhone SE is expected to launch in the first half of 2022,
likely in March or April when the original SE launched in 2020.