A Bloomberg report reiterates what Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed yesterday: the iPhone 9/SE 2 is launching in March despite the coronavirus outbreak.
The report does not that Apple plans could still change as factories in China are resuming production slower than anticipated after the extended New Year Holiday due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The virus outbreak has affected Apple’s sales negatively in China. The company revised its guidance earlier today saying it will now miss its estimated revenue for Q1 2020 due to the extended shutdown in China. The shutdown has not only affected Apple’s sales in the region but has also led to the iPhone supply being constrained worldwide.
At this point, multiple sources have claimed that the iPhone 9/SE 2 is scheduled for a March launch. Apple has previously launched new iPhones and iPads at a media event in March so the iPhone 9 launching around the same time this year is definitely plausible.
As for the iPhone 9, it is expected to feature a design similar to the iPhone 8. This means it will pack a 4.7-inch LCD display with Touch ID, 3GB RAM, A13 chip, and come with a single 12MP shooter at the rear. The device is expected to carry a price tag of $399.
A DigiTimes report from today also claims that Apple is working on a new 12-inch iPad Pro that will be announced in March. The production of the tablet has been affected by the virus outbreak but the company still plans on announcing it next month. The report refers to the iPad Pro with a 12-inch display. It also claims that it will come with a triple-camera system at the rear which will include a 3D ToF sensor for AR apps.
A rumor from earlier today claimed that Apple will be holding its media event on March 31 and launch the iPhone 9 to the public on April 3. Alongside the iPhone 9, the company is also expected to announce the 2020 iPad Pro and a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro at the event.[Via Bloomberg]