2022 iPhone SE, iPad Air, iPad imported for testing — report

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More evidence that new Apple iPhone SE, iPad Air, and budget iPad models could launch at Apple‘s upcoming Spring Event 2022: Citing industry sources, a recent report claimed that an unnamed iPhone SE and two iPad variants have been imported into India for testing.

(Update, March 9: Finally, the new model of the cheapest iPhone is official! Click on this for pricing and other details.)

The three models will likely launch in March or April, depending on when Apple holds its annual Spring Event. However, there’s no mention of the actual iPhone and iPad names in the article. It does include the model number and import price for each device to help us narrow down the Apple products in question.

First up, we have the alleged third-gen iPhone SE or iPhone SE 3 or iPhone SE+ 5G with the model numbers A2595, A2783, and A2784, which has an import price of about $300 (roughly P15,330). We previously wrote about a similar iOS 15 device with the same exact model numbers spotted in the Eurasian Economic Commission’s database. The identifiers are almost identical to those of the 2020 iPhone SE, hence the link to Apple’s entry-level iPhone.

The iPhone SE 3 or iPhone SE+ 5G is said to feature the same design as 2020’s 4.7-inch iPhone SE (and the iPhone 8 from 2017), but should upgrade to an Apple A14 or A15 Bionic chip, giving it 5G network connectivity.

Moving on to the iPads, there’s one with the model numbers A2588 and A2589 — supposedly an iPad Air update. Its shipping price suggests it might cost somewhere between $500 (P25,550) and $700 (P35,770). This Apple listing also appeared in the EEC database with the same identifiers.

The iPad Air 5 is expected to bring several features from the sixth-gen iPad mini, including an A15 Bionic processor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera with Center Stage, and 5G for cellular versions.

Finally, there’s the rumored vanilla iPad under the model numbers A2757 and A2761, which were listed in the EEC data as well. It has an import price of around $300 (P15,300). According to early leaks, the upcoming base iPad will offer a speed-bump update but little else in terms of the design and screen.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 13 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.