5G iPhone SE shipments are expected to top 30 million units this year


Taiwan-based experts have released their shipping forecasts for Apple’s new iPhone SE with 5G connection, which goes on sale Friday, ahead of the holiday shopping season.

DigiTimes research experts Sean Lin and Luke Lin forecast Apple’s new iPhone SE sales to surpass 30 million units in 2022. According to Apple’s first-year sales figures, the company shipped at least a million second-generation iPhone SE (2020) handsets.

However, it’s predicted that actual shipments of the entry-level smartphone would be lower than that in the first quarter of 2022, even though Apple is claimed to have prepped components for under five million new iPhone SE devices in that quarter.


After 11 million devices are shipped in the following quarter, volume is likely to remain stable in the third quarter before decreasing in the fourth quarter, when Apple’s iPhone 14 series is scheduled to be unveiled.

Non-Chinese regions are projected to see a substantial rise in 5G phone sales in 2022, as many buyers prefer the cheaper pricing and conventional iPhone design of the SE with a physical Home button, according to DigiTimes.

5G phones supplied to non-China countries in 2021 are likely to climb from 280 million units to 450 million, accounting for 63.5 percent of global sales, experts say. In comparison, shipment growth in China, where 5G devices currently account for over 80% of all shipments, is only predicted to be in the single digits for 2019..


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