This is the iPhone SE 3rd
Generation or the iPhone SE 3.
Well, actually this one is the SE 2 from
2020. They just look exactly the same.
But let’s just do a quick comparison between the
two and see what’s new with this year’s model.
Spoiler — It’s not a lot.
Let’s talk about what’s changed
between the two releases.
Actually, first let’s talk about what stayed the
same and then we’ll jump into some differences.
On the outside they look exactly
the same. They both have the same
body as the iPhone 8 that came out five years ago.
Same screen, same camera hardware,
button placement… Everything.
They also come in almost
the same color options, just
slightly different shades
of the same colors I guess.
Barely noticeable, basically black,
white and red on both models.
Okay well if they look exactly the same,
the insides must be different right?
Well… Kind of.
What they did with SE 3 is they took the SE 2,
dropped a new chip inside, a slightly
bigger battery and 5g. Not mmWave, Sub-6GHz.
What that means when using the phone day-to-day,
it’s going to be slightly faster, it’s
going to have slightly better battery life
and that new chip will
better photos from that same old sensor.
Notice how I said slightly like five times?
That’s because there really isn’t that big of a
difference. The only advantage to the new one is
that since it has that newer chip it’s gonna
be supported longer than the previous model.
But it’s Apple, their software support is great
in general so I wouldn’t be surprised if the SE 2
got like four more years of
updates easy, if not more.
So I’m kind of confused here, I’m trying
to figure out who this phone is aimed at.
Okay look at it this way
If you’re looking for the budget option,
you can go with the iPhone 11 which also has a
bigger screen, better cameras and battery life.
If you’re looking for a
compact phone with a new chip,
there’s the 13 mini or even the 12
mini, they have better everything.
5g? Again, 12 and 13.
So the only reason you should buy this phone
is if you really want to have Touch ID.
If you’re coming from something like
the iPhone 7 or 8 or even a 6 or 6s,
and having that home button and the old-school
design is important to you, go with the SE 3.
If you already have the SE 2,
I see absolutely no reason to
upgrade. It’s such a small difference
between them it’s barely noticeable.
Maybe the battery life is a bit better,
but I don’t think that’s enough to
actually upgrade to the new model.
If you want to see the comparison
between the iPhone 8 and SE 2,
check out the video below. There’s a much
bigger leap between those two models.
Bigger camera improvements, better performance
and support… With the previous one,
it just made much more sense to upgrade and
the SE 2 sold much more units than the SE 3.
In fact, Apple recently announced
they’re bringing down production numbers
by 20% for the SE 3 due to low demand.
Now, they said it’s caused by inflation and
the situation in Eastern Europe, but I kind
of feel like it’s because they’ve been making
the same phone for like 10 years at this point.
So hopefully we’ll see some
bigger changes with the SE 4,
I would love to see iPhone 11 body
or maybe a 12 mini with the new chip.
That would be really cool, but I
guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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