Does the new iPhone SE support 5G?

17 April 2020

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The new iPhone SE is an exciting phone in a lot of ways, offering a compact 4.7-inch screen (ideal for those who don’t want a big phone), top-end power, a great single-lens camera, and coming in at what’s by Apple’s standards a very low price. So there’s a lot to recommend about it.

But with 5G networks rapidly growing across the UK, you might understandably be wondering if the new iPhone SE supports them, and we’ve got the answer.

Does the new iPhone SE support 5G?

No, the new iPhone SE doesn’t support 5G, so if you buy it you’ll be stuck with 4G speeds. This perhaps isn’t surprising or unreasonable though when you consider that the new iPhone SE 2020 starts at just £419, which is a lower price than the vast majority of 5G handsets at the time of writing.

Do any iPhones have 5G?

At the time of writing (April 2020), no iPhone models support 5G. This is a bit more surprising, since 5G phones had already been available for a while when the iPhone 11 range launched, but then Apple often waits to embrace new technology.

So if you buy any current iPhone you’ll be limited to 4G speeds – though Apple’s recent phones (including the new iPhone SE 2020 and the iPhone 11 range) do at least support Gigabit-class LTE, which is a very fast form of 4G, meaning you’ll be able to get the most out of 4G networks.

When will Apple launch a 5G iPhone?

We don’t know for sure, but most signs point to Apple launching a 5G iPhone in September 2020. September is when it usually launches its new numbered models, and it’s then that we’re expecting to see the iPhone 12 range launch, some or all of which will likely support 5G, based on rumours.

That said, there are some signs that Apple might not launch a 5G iPhone this year, with the most significant recent sign being supply chain issues caused by the coronavirus.

If there is a delay it could be one of weeks or even months, but we’d be very surprised if there wasn’t a 5G iPhone by early 2021, and our best guess is still September 2020.

Sub-Editor at 5G.co.uk

James is sub-editor at both 5G.co.uk and TechRadar. Also works as a researcher/ technical writer for 5G.co.uk and several other websites including TechRadar, T3, Smart TV Radar, 3G.co.uk with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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