Kuo: Apple Still Plans to Release the iPhone 9 in H1 2020

Despite the Coronavirus outbreak, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9 is still on track to launch in the first half of 2020.

The analyst made this claim in passing in his latest investor’s note in which he mentions that the iPhone SE 2 releasing in the first half of 2020 will not use a 7P camera lens and won’t contribute towards its shipment momentum.

It has long been rumored that Apple will launch a budget iPhone in the first half of 2020. The new iPhone will have a design similar to the iPhone 8 and sport a 4.7-inch display along with Touch ID. It will feature a single 12MP camera at the back along with 3GB RAM. It is expected to carry a price tag of around $399.

The iPhone SE was the last iPhone that Apple had launched in March 2016. The company does tend to hold media events in March so it makes sense for the iPhone 9 to be announced around the same time as well. However, the Coronavirus outbreak has likely put Apple’s plan in a fix. While the company could still announce the device at an event in March, it could delay its availability by a week or two. There is also a possibility that the iPhone 9 could be available in short supply at launch.

Our Take

While Kuo believes that Apple is still on track to announce the iPhone 9 in the first half of 2020, a lot depends on how the coronavirus outbreak plays out. It is expected that things will slowly start going back to normal in China towards the end of February. If that does not happen and the shutdown due to the virus outbreak extends further, Apple could be forced to delay its iPhone 9 launch.

[Via MacRumors]