In a nutshell: The novel coronavirus is disrupting a number of areas of the tech business, together with smartphone manufacturing, however a brand new report claims that Apple stays on target to launch the successor to the iPhone SE, seemingly referred to as both the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9, subsequent month.
Apple has warned that manufacturing delays attributable to the coronavirus would result in iPhone shortages. Most of the corporate’s merchandise are manufactured in China, and whereas it says work has resumed within the nation, it’s “experiencing a slower return to normal conditions” than anticipated. All of which implies Cupertino isn’t anticipated to satisfy its income targets for the March quarter.
Last month, we heard that Apple had reportedly begun mass manufacturing of an iPhone SE successor, which could forego the apparent identify of iPhone SE 2 for the iPhone 9. It was rumored to launch in March, however the disruption attributable to the coronavirus outbreak is anticipated to delay the handset’s launch date. According to a Bloomberg report, nonetheless, that gained’t be the case.
Quoting folks conversant in the matter, the publication writes that the low-cost iPhone stays on observe to reach subsequent month, “though plans are still fluid.” It’s additionally famous that Apple has been making ready to launch up to date iPad Pro fashions within the first half of 2020, however the virus may delay these plans.
According to Taiwanese website Digitimes, the 2020 iPad Pros will launch in March, suggesting Apple will unveil each the low-price handsets and new tablets on the similar time.
It’s rumored that the brand new iPhone will look similar to the iPhone 8, with its high and backside bezels, 4.7-inch LCD, and single rear digital camera, however it should function the identical A13 processor discovered within the iPhone 11. It will even have Touch ID, somewhat than Face ID facial recognition. Analyst Ming-Chi Ku believes it should have a beginning value of simply $399—cheaper than the $449 iPhone 8 (64GB) that Apple sells.