iPhone SE 3 (2022): Everything you need to know

Apple’s next mid-tier masterpiece has arrived.

Best iPhone SE (2022) plan overall
Vodaphone
Vodafone $40 Lite Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
24-month plans from
$69.95
/mo
Monthly data allowance
40GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
Get 30GB bonus data + 3 months of Amazon Prime Music
Best for big data
Optus
Optus $115 Plus Promo Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
36-month plans from
$84.96
/mo
Monthly data allowance
500GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
$115 reduced to $65 for first 12 months
Best iPhone SE plan for 5G
Telstra
Telstra $115 XL Upfront Mobile Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
36-month plans from
$85
/mo
Monthly data allowance
180GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
$115 reduced to $65/mo for first 12 months. Bonus 12-month Disney+ subscription
Best iPhone SE (2022) plan overall
Vodaphone
Vodafone $40 Lite Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
36-month plans from
$59.97
/mo
Monthly data allowance
40GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
Get 30GB bonus data + 3 months of Amazon Prime Music
Fergus Halliday
Digital Content Editor
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March 08, 2022
3 min read

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It's been six months since the debut of the iPhone 13, but Apple is gearing up to surprise and delight the tech world a new batch of gadgets and goodies. This time around, an upgraded iPhone SE took center stage.

Apple’s March showcase: What got announced?

As leaks suggested, the new iPhone SE was be the headliner of Apple’s latest hardware event. 

The last iPhone SE was released in 2020. That device ran on the same A13 Bionic process found in the iPhone 11 but relied on a more traditional iPhone 8-era design. It had some shortcomings, notably camera quality and battery life, but for those who wanted a cheaper way to stay in the iOS ecosystem during the pandemic, it offered a lot of bang for buck. 

This new iPhone SE promises to up the ante with a better processor, 5G connectivity, better battery life and new camera features.

Apple also announced a new iPad Air featuring an upgraded processor and 5G connectivity. The last update to the iPad Air was in 2020, the same year that Apple launched the second-generation iPhone SE. 

The company also debuted a new M1 Ultra chip and the Mac Studio desktop PC.

iPhone SE 2022 screen

While an iPhone X-inspired overhaul of the iPhone SE feels like a matter of when rather than if,  this new device won’t tinker too much with the design of the 2020 model. Like that device, the new iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch HD Retina display with thicker iPhone 8-style bezels and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor at the bottom-most edge of the screen.

iPhone SE 2022 battery

2020’s iPhone SE had a battery of around 1821mAh in size. In practice, this proved to be one of the weak links for an otherwise solid and solidly-affordable smartphone.

While Apple isn't be tinkering too much with the overall form-factor of the new device, they do say that the new iPhone SE will offer battery life through a combination of superior power efficiency, smoother integration with iOS, and a set of undisclosed internal design changes.

iPhone SE 2022 processor

The new iPhone SE features the A15 Bionic processor last seen in 2021’s iPhone 13. This makes for a significant upgrade on the A13 Bionic processor found in the 2020 model, not to mention the processors found across the entire spectrum of Android devices.

iPhone SE promo art

iPhone SE 2022 specs

2020’s iPhone SE was available in three sizes: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.

While Apple has broadly moved to drop 64 GB storage as an option when it comes to newer iPhones, this three-tier approach persists when it comes to the new iPhone SE. Consumers have the same three options to choose from here: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

iPhone SE 2022 camera

The 2020 iPhone SE used software trickery to eke out more from modest camera hardware. The device featured a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera and a 7-megapixel selfie shooter. Alongside battery life, this was one of the device’s more noticeable shortcomings. 

The hardware setup on the new iPhone SE is remain more or less unchanged, though improvements on the software and image processing side it to inherit more of the iPhone 13's camera magic than its predecessor. To that end, the new device supports Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4 and the new photographic styles feature.

iPhone SE 2022 features

While there’s certain to be a lot of common ground between the new iPhone SE and its predecessor, one thing that separates the two is the addition of 5G connectivity. The new iPhone SE isn't just be a cheap iPhone. It’s a cheap 5G iPhone.

Apple also say that they've enhanced the form-factor with the same ultra-tough glass found on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, though they stop short of using the same Ceramic Shield branding.

iPhone SE 2022 price

iPhone SE Box

Australian pricing for the third generation iPhone SE is pretty similar to that of the second-generation incarnation of Apple’s most affordable iPhone.

That device currently retails for $679 through Apple for the 64GB model and $759 for the 128GB of storage respectively. The new iPhone SE starts at $719 for the 64GB model.

If you need more storage, it'll cost extra. The 128GB version of the iPhone SE comes in at $799 while the 256GB model lands at A$969.

iPhone SE 2022 release date

Australians will be able to preorder the new iPhone SE from March 12, while the device itself will get a full local launch on March 18.

iPhone SE 2022 plans

If you'd prefer to buy the new device on a postpaid plan, you've got plenty of options. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus all range the new iPhone SE. Check out the cards below for our picks for the best iPhone SE (2022) mobile plans.

Best iPhone SE (2022) plan overall
Vodaphone
Vodafone $40 Lite Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
24-month plans from
$69.95
/mo
Monthly data allowance
40GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
Get 30GB bonus data + 3 months of Amazon Prime Music
Best for big data
Optus
Optus $115 Plus Promo Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
36-month plans from
$84.96
/mo
Monthly data allowance
500GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
$115 reduced to $65 for first 12 months
Best iPhone SE plan for 5G
Telstra
Telstra $115 XL Upfront Mobile Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
36-month plans from
$85
/mo
Monthly data allowance
180GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
$115 reduced to $65/mo for first 12 months. Bonus 12-month Disney+ subscription
Best iPhone SE (2022) plan overall
Vodaphone
Vodafone $40 Lite Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
36-month plans from
$59.97
/mo
Monthly data allowance
40GB
Model
iPhone SE 64GB
Bonus
Get 30GB bonus data + 3 months of Amazon Prime Music
Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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