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Apple outs new budget iPhone SE 2022 with 5G capability, Touch ID

By AYIE LICSI Published Mar 09, 2022 2:35 am

At its Peek Performance event on March 8, Apple announced a new budget device: the iPhone SE 2022 with 5G connectivity and Touch ID.

This new iPhone is the tech giant's third entry-level smartphone release—the last budget iPhone we saw from Apple was launched two years ago.

2022's iteration of the iPhone SE boasts 5G connectivity, Apple's latest A15 chipset (the same processor in the iPhone 13 range), and iOS 15. The tech giant also promised that this version has a better battery life compared to its budget predecessors but didn't specify details about its battery capacity.

Unfortunately, this new iPhone still sports the same design as the iPhone 8 with huge bezels on the top and bottom of its 4.7-inch Retina display. There's also still a home button on the chin bezel, allowing users to unlock their phone with Touch ID.

As for cameras, this budget device has a lone 12-megapixel camera capable of Live Text reading.

The iPhone SE 2022 comes in three colors of Starlight, Midnight, and Product RED. Its price starts at $429 or around P22,000. In the US, Apple is releasing the device on March 18. Its Philippine availability has yet to be announced, as of writing.

Alongside the new budget iPhone, Apple also introduced a green colorway for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, the new iPad Air with the M1 chip, and the more powerful M1 Ultra chip for the Mac.