iPhone SE 2022: Every new feature coming to Apple’s budget phone

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Apple announced its newest iPhone SE to her Peek Performance Event Tuesday updated the affordable iPhone with the company’s latest mobile chipset and 5G connectivity.

Minor cosmetic changes aside, the third-generation iPhone SE looks identical to the previous model, which launched in 2020. The phone still has a 4.7-inch display and massive top and bottom bezels. It also retains the Home button with Touch ID, making it ideal for people who don’t want to use facial recognition to unlock their phone.

Read more: iPhone SE 2022 vs. iPhone SE 2020: Here’s how they measure up

Read on for the additional features brought by the new iPhone SE and what you’ll miss out on opting for the iPhone SE over more expensive iPhones. It’s also worth noting that the new budget phone costs $429 (£419, AU$719), a $30 price increase over the latest iPhone SE 2020, but the iPhone SE 2022 is still much more affordable than its iPhone 13 siblings.

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Apple’s 2022 iPhone SE is equal parts new and old


5G connectivity: Sub-6 yes, mmWave no

The coolest new feature of the iPhone SE is support for faster data speeds over 5G networks. Keep in mind that the iPhone SE doesn’t support all types of 5G – it can’t connect to parts of networks that use the fastest mmWave type of 5G, which is currently mostly found in city ​​centers and stadiums. That’s fine for most people, because the iPhone SE can connect to any of the low and mid frequencies in what’s called sub-6 5G, which can download data much faster. than most phones can get from today’s 4G LTE networks.

As carriers continue to build out their 5G networks in 2022 and beyond, we’re still figuring out which iPhone SE can connect to. For now, we know that the iPhone SE works with C-band frequencies in the 3.7-3.98 GHz range which have started to come online for US carriers.

AT&T has confirmed that the iPhone SE will not support the 3.45 GHz midband that will be added to its 5G network later this year, which does not The best phones of 2022 can connect to.


A15 Bionic chipset: better performance, more iOS updates

First introduced in September with the iPhone 13 lineup, the A15 Bionic chipset is Apple’s most advanced mobile silicon. Beyond 5G connectivity, it grants the iPhone SE a few new tricks.

The iPhone SE promises to be faster than most other budget phones and get iOS 15 features. It should also support the same lifetime of iOS updates as the iPhone 13, which could span seven years or more given how long Apple currently updates its older phones.

As for the camera, the new chipset should allow the iPhone SE to take better photos than its predecessors, but only thanks to improvements in computational photography and AI tricks. The new phone has the same cameras as the 2020 model: a single 12-megapixel, f1.8 rear camera and a 7-megapixel, f2.2 front shooter.

Don’t expect Apple’s latest budget phone to be as powerful as its flagships. Even with the same A15 Bionic processor, the iPhone SE’s 3GB of RAM should slow down gaming and app performance compared to the iPhone 13 Pro‘s 6GB, though we’ll have to test the new device to find out. How many. Expect a full review soon.

New glass back

The new iPhone SE looks almost unchanged from its last model, but glass has replaced the all-aluminum back of the previous version. But don’t worry about durability – Apple has used the same glass found in its iPhone 13 lineup.

While the new glass back is a stylish touch, it’s unclear whether it will change the shape of the new iPhone enough to make it incompatible with existing cases and accessories. Both have the same dimensions, although the new phone is slightly lighter (144 vs. 148 grams).

What’s the iPhone SE experience like?

Given the success of its predecessors, the new iPhone SE will almost certainly be a popular phone that will sell well, especially for people who prefer Touch ID and the physical home button or just want a cheaper iPhone that costs the half the price of the iPhone 13.

Although we haven’t fully reviewed the new iPhone SE yet, there are some features and finishes that are missing. Its lower-resolution LCD screen can’t render as sharp an image with such verdant colors as the crisp OLED screens of the iPhone 13 lineup. And while the new budget phone shares the same chipset, the iPhone 13 has more RAM , more storage and a bigger battery with wireless charging.

The iPhone SE’s single rear camera is also outclassed by additional lenses in the iPhone 13 lineup, with the iPhone 13 Pro featuring 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 3x optical zoom cameras. Android users considering upgrading to a cheaper iPhone may be disappointed, as budget phones from Samsung and Motorola often have dual or even triple rear cameras.

But the iPhone SE still promises the core of Apple’s flagship phone experience at an affordable price. If you just want an iOS phone to use a few apps, watch shows, and take pictures in daylight, the iPhone SE should have the right assortment of essential features for you.


The long-awaited successor to the 2020 iPhone SE was announced by Apple at its March 8 “Peek Performance” event. It features Apple’s A15 chip (which is the same one found in the iPhone 13 series), 5G, tougher glass, and retains the same overall design as the previous generation.

Pricing for the new iPhone SE starts at $429, and preorders begin March 11.

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