iPhone SE 5G 2022 May Launch on March 8, Along with Refreshed iPad Air

Apple had launched the 2020 edition of the iPhone SE on April 24 in that year, so a March-April launch wouldn't be surprising.

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It’s been over six months since Apple announced the iPhone 13 series, and rumours have been rife about the company’s next iPhone SE model being ready for launch. Now, Bloomberg is reporting that the new version of the iPhone SE, or the iPhone SE 2022, is going to launch on or around March 8 this year. The report comes from Mark Gurman, who has been known to be accurate with his reports about Apple’s future plans in the past. Earlier reports had also indicated that Apple might be looking to launch a new iPad alongside the new iPhone SE.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 specs

To be sure, Apple has been launching new products around the April-March time-frame over the past few years. The company had launched the 2020 edition of the iPhone SE around April 24 in that year. It’s worth noting that Bloomberg’s sources have also said that Apple’s plans are subject to change right now, because of possible production issues. The company had warned, in its earnings call last month, that the global chip shortage could affect production of iPhones and iPads for at least a few months more.

The iPhone SE is usually seen as an iPhone that’s targeted at those who want a smaller and cheaper iPhone. Last year’s iPhone SE had the same design as the iPhone 8, and it’s possible that the company will follow the same design this year. Apple will of course use a faster processor this year, and 5G connectivity should also make an appearance.

Refreshed Apple iPad Air in the works

Further, the Bloomberg report also said that Apple may use the launch event to launch a refreshed version of the iPad Air. While it didn’t give out too many details, the refreshed iPad Air is also expected to support 5G connectivity and will have a faster chipset. The company hasn’t put its new M1 chip on the iPad Air at the moment, so perhaps Apple will take that route right now. However, doing so would make the iPad Air almost indistinguishable from the iPad Pro, and may put sales of Apple’s flagship tablet in jeopardy.

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