Apple’s new third-generation iPhone SE with 5G connectivity is set to go on general sale on Friday, and Taiwan-based analysts today shared their shipment expectations for the device in the coming year.
As per estimates, shipments of Apple’s new iPhone SE are expected to reach 30 million units in 2022 Digitimes Research analysts Sean Lin and Luke Lin. This is on top of the estimated number of second-generation iPhone SE (2020) units that Apple managed to ship in its first year of release.
Apple is said to have produced components for less than 5 million units of the new iPhone SE in the first quarter of 2022, but actual shipments for the entry-level smartphone are expected to be lower than in the first quarter.
Next quarter, shipments are expected to increase to 11 million units, leading up to the launch of Apple’s iPhone 14 series, before slowing in the fourth quarter to remain roughly the same level in the third quarter.
according to this DigitimesAvailability of the new iPhone SE is expected to significantly drive 5G handset shipments to non-Chinese markets in 2022, with a significant cross-section of customers preferring its low price and traditional iPhone design with a physical home button .
According to analysts, in 2021, around 280 million 5G handsets were shipped to non-China markets, but that number is expected to increase by more than 60% to 450 million units, accounting for 63.5% of volumes worldwide. In contrast, in China, where about 80% of shipments are already 5G devices, shipment growth this year is expected to be only in the single digits.