Apple’s new iPhone SE 3 is on the shelves, which means we’re starting to get feedback from early adopters. Some users have a great experience with their new phone, but others have encountered various issues with the iPhone SE 3.
As we push away from the release date of the iPhone SE 3, we’ve heard about some of the issues plaguing Apple’s new budget device. Most of the issues are related to the iOS 15 software that powers the iPhone SE 3.
We haven’t heard anything about serious widespread iPhone SE 3 problems yet, but that could change if deliveries continue in April and beyond.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the most common iPhone SE 3 issues, possible solutions to these issues, places to find feedback on the iPhone SE 3’s performance, and what’s in the iOS 15 pipeline for the device. sit.
The list of iPhone SE 3 issues will grow. Some issues will be fixed by Apple through iOS software updates, but we will continue to see issues as people put more miles on their devices.
iPhone SE 3 issues
Unsurprisingly, we’ve seen complaints about activation issues with the iPhone SE 3. This is a common problem and one that crops up every time Apple releases a new iPhone.
If you’re having trouble activating your new device, check Apple’s System Status Page† If you don’t see a green icon next to iOS Device Activation, wait until it’s green and then try activating your phone again.
If the symbol is green and the activation process still doesn’t work, check if your iPhone SE 3 has a SIM card inserted. If you receive a “No SIM card” or “Invalid SIM card” error, you want to go to this guide for additional help†
In addition, we also hear about abnormal battery draining, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth issues, 1st and 3rd party apps issues, Exchange issues, Sound issues, Touch ID issues, UI lag, Freezing, Mobile data issues , especially with 5G connectivity, random crashes, iCloud issues, and login issues.
One thing to keep in mind is that 5G is a new technology and coverage can still be inconsistent. Some frustrations with slow 5G performance should go away over time as carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon build out their 5G networks.
iPhone SE 3 performance
When you’re thinking buy the iPhone SE 3, or if you already have one, you’ll want to keep an eye out for feedback from other people using the device. This feedback alerts you to potential problems with Apple hardware and software.
We’ve also released a list of the top reasons for installing and not installing the latest version of iOS 15, and it will come in handy every time Apple releases new iOS software. The current version is iOS 15.4.1.
How to Fix iPhone SE 3 Problems
Some issues may require a fix from Apple in an upcoming iOS 15 software update. On the other hand, you may be able to fix some issues yourself.
If you run into a problem on your iPhone SE 3, check out our list of solutions for the most common iOS 15 problems. It walks you through solutions to problems with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and more.
We’ve also published some tips to improve the performance of your device and a guide that can help you improve battery life if you’re experiencing abnormal power consumption.
If you can’t find a solution in those guides, check Apple Discussion Forums for possible solutions to your problem(s).
If you prefer to explain your problem in person, take your new phone to your local Apple Store. If you have an Apple Store near you, you’ll want a Genius Bar appointment†
If your problem is serious, Apple can offer you a replacement as your phone is currently under warranty.
iOS 15 Downgrade Status
If you are dealing with software issues on your iPhone SE 3, you can try downgrading your devices to the previous version of iOS 15 if the option is available.
If you’re not familiar with the iOS downgrade process, our downgrade guide will walk you through everything you need to know before taking the step.
Next iPhone SE 3 update
If your device is struggling with iOS 15.4.1, you may be on your own for a while.
A new iOS 15.5 update is currently in beta testing ahead of public release later this year. The company has not confirmed a release date for iOS 15.5 and we expect it to remain in beta for a few more weeks.
If your problems are really bad, or if you just want to try new software, you can try to download iOS 15.5 beta on your iPhone SE 3 now.
Check out our walkthrough to learn more about iOS 15.5 and the beta. To learn more about the upcoming iOS 15.5 release date, check out our guide.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.