In today’s Apple's Peek Performance Event they highlighted 2 new devices relevant to mobile device repair: Apple iPhone SE (2022) and Apple iPad Air 5 (2022). In this article we’re going to provide a recap of the features introduced for these new devices and how reparability is affected.

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) looks very similar to its predecessor the iPhone SE (2020) with the most notable upgrades relating to performance and durability. The new iPhone SE comes with an A15 Bionic CPU making it up to 1.8 times faster than the iPhone 8. This is the same chip used in the iPhone 13. The other notable features include better battery life (through optimizing performance), improved camera with HDR 4, 5G connectivity, and tougher glass -front and back. They claim to use the same glass present in the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro improving its durability over the 2020 SE. The physical appearance of the new SE is almost identical to that of the SE 2020. This likeness in appearance makes it very likely the new SE uses many of the same parts as its predecessor.

Tech Bob’s prediction on part compatibility is the screen, battery, and back glass are the same as the SE 2020. This device comes in 3 colors: Midnight, Starlight, and (Product) Red. It is available for pre-order on Friday 3/11 and in store on 3/18 starting at $429.

The Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) also looks very similar to the iPad Air 4. The most notable upgrades to this version include the use of the M1 chip (same used in iPad Pro models), 5G connectivity, and a USB-C port capable of 2 times faster transfer speeds than the Air 4. The display itself has the same shape as the Air 4 but Apple confirmed that the brightness is 500 Nits. Tech Bob’s prediction on part compatibility is that the screen will be different, but the battery will be the same. As we’ve noticed from many of the past iPad versions, display’s, batteries, and other varying small parts are re-used in new models. The Air 5 is available for pre-order Friday 3/11 and in-store 3/18 starting at $599 in 5 colors – Space Gray, Starlight, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

As there is still much unknown regarding the internals of these devices, we will do a complete teardown of the device as soon as we can get our hands on them and verify what can be interchanged with previous models. Keep an eye out for our livestream announcement where we will complete the teardown and answer any questions you may have. If there is anything you would like us to cover, please contact us at support.