The more affordable iPhone SE is due for some attention, and an analyst has claimed the phone would get 5G connectivity this year. In other news, Apple has reportedly ruled out metaverse from its VR headset.
This spring might see Apple launching a new iPhone SE. According to reports obtained by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the budget Apple phone will come with 5G connectivity. It will be the third generation of the phone.
The reveal will likely happen in March or April in what is expected to be a virtual event, thanks to the pandemic. Gurman added that the new model would retain the older iPhone appearance, dashing the hopes of those looking forward to a redesign. They will have to put up with relatively large top and bottom bezels. If it is any consolation, the iPhone SE has a fingerprint scanner.
Apart from the new 5G connectivity, the new iPhone SE is likely to get the A15 chip from last year. The iPhone SE has always used chips from the previous year’s high-end models.
While Gurman didn’t address storage, Apple might decide to upgrade the internal memory on the base model to 128 GB as it did with the last year’s iPhone. However, keep in mind that this is a budget model. Other possible upgrades include the camera and a bigger battery to make up for the extra battery tax of the 5G connectivity.
Apple kept the iPhone SE at $399, but it is not likely that it will increase the price because it is the model it uses to draw budget-conscious buyers.
In other Apple product news, the company is not considering the metaverse, regarding it as off-limits. The source of this update is the same Gurman who reports that Apple has rejected the metaverse for its long upcoming mixed reality headset. Instead, the headset will be about communication, viewing content, and gaming.
We have heard that Apple’s headset could come as soon as this year. Rumors have it that the hardware will have 8K resolution in each eye, more than 12 cameras for tracking. Following the lead of other companies that have released AR/VR hardware, Apple will release a version meant for developers first, coming with a hefty price tag of $3,000.
However, another analyst, who has got lots of credibility, Ming-Chi Kuo, claims Apple could use 4K displays and six or eight cameras to hit a more affordable price point. If both reports are accurate, it means Apple is already thinking of the consumer version of the headset.
Other specs of the device and what Apple wants to target with it are still not clear. Microsoft’s Hololens, for example, has been targeted at professionals and the military, while Facebook has targeted consumers with its Quest.
By electing to avoid Meta’s metaverse, Apple will prevent suffering if it does not pan out. However, withholding support for the metaverse will limit overall support for it because it will reduce interest. Many people that would have tried it on Apple hardware would no longer be interested. But if Meta can find a way to make it work without Apple’s support, it will be the Cupertino-based company’s loss.
Meta is all in with the metaverse and has pivoted its AR/VR strategies to the new virtual world.