Apple’s 2022 iPhone SE is the company’s most affordable 5G-ready handset, priced at $429, and it fulfils a lot of boxes for thousands of people eager to convert from Android or just want something capable in general. Even though there are several notable changes that potential purchasers would appreciate, there is certain information that Apple did not want to provide during its official launch.
The habit of removing chargers from the package of a smartphone is steadily gaining acceptance. The 2022 iPhone SE is no exception, as none of Apple’s iPhones come with a charger. The lack of a power brick will not be a deal-breaker for the majority of purchasers because they can just plug the low-cost device into their current Lightning cable or Qi-compatible wireless charger. On the other hand, if you care about it, you do get a USB-C to Lightning cable.
mmWave 5G is now the finest standard for unparalleled speed. Unfortunately, just because a product has a 5G modem does not mean it will provide the fastest speeds. Apple has cut corners with the iPhone SE 2022, as it only supports the following 5G bands in the United States: 5G NR, 5G NR, 5G NR, 5G NR, 5G NR, 5G NR, 5G NR, 5G NR, 5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n29, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79). Apple’s ‘Tech Specs’ website has no mention of mmWave 5G spectrum support, therefore the 2022 iPhone SE will only support sub-6GHz 5G.
Sub-6GHz 5G is quicker than LTE and has a greater range than mmWave 5G, making it a more dependable standard in many areas, including rural and suburban areas. It’s easy to see why Apple went this path for the 2022 iPhone SE to get it down to $429, and if you haven’t noticed, despite the cost savings, the current model is still $30 more expensive than the one released in 2020. There is also no support for Wi-Fi 6E, the most recent wireless standard, but this was likely avoided to avoid excessive cost increases.
The A15 Bionic drives the whole iPhone 13 family, and Apple has introduced some new versions to its latest processor for the first time. The A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 5-core GPU, whereas the A15 Bionic in the iPhone SE, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 small has a 4-core CPU. All of the products have the same amount of CPU cores.
In terms of performance, the A15 Bionic’s 5-core GPU outperformed the A14 Bionic GPU by 55 per cent, whereas the 4-core GPU only outperformed the A14 Bionic GPU by 15%. Although it is doubtful that customers will notice any performance issues with the 2022 iPhone SE’s GPU in normal use, it is nevertheless worth noting.
Apple has yet to reveal how much RAM its latest devices have, but with the 2022 iPhone SE, we felt it was necessary to notice this development because it is a significant boost for such a low-cost iPhone. You’ll get 4GB of RAM regardless of which storage option you choose, matching the value found in both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small, as well as the iPhone 11, which is $70 more expensive than the 2022 iPhone SE. Increasing the device’s memory capacity had to affect the price.
Apple brought Dual SIM functionality to the iPhone SE in 2022, which combines a nano-SIM and an eSIM. Customers who want to use the phone without physically inserting SIM cards will be disappointed because dual-eSIM functionality is not available. Apple’s latest smartphone is likely to be offered in a variety of markets, notably in developing countries, where the iPhone SE’s price-to-performance ratio will be appealing to many purchasers.
Such hidden details are suppressed during the formal presentation to prevent detracting from the ‘potential wow’ factor when displaying a device with top-notch technology at such a low price. The majority of information not disclosed on stage is unlikely to cause a buyer to switch to a different product, but it is up to them to do so.