Based on previous rumors and inside information, nothing stands in the way of the iPhone SE successor’s market launch in March. It is expected to be called iPhone 9. Production of the entry-level iPhone is scheduled to begin this month.
Analysts expect delays
Given the coronavirus, especially in China, there are currently concerns that the production of various consumer goods could be affected. This is also the case for the production of the new iPhone 9. “The situation in China could affect the planned production schedule,” said a manager of a supply chain company that was unable to travel to China due to the virus. Analysts like Mingfeng Guo of Chinese company Tianfeng Securities also believe that there could be potential risks in the production of iPhones. At least if the epidemic situation surrounding the coronavirus is not resolved before March. Seasoned industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy agrees, telling Bloomberg, “I can’t imagine a scenario where the supply chain is not disrupted.”
Apple vendor rejects fears
Foxconn, one of the largest companies in Apple’s supply chain, denies the claim, emphasizing that they are monitoring the situation in China and that the company is following all recommended health practices and has a backup plan. It also says: “We can confirm that we have taken steps to ensure that we can continue to meet all global manufacturing obligations.”
Apple itself really wanted to significantly increase its production around the new iPhone 9. According to news portals, Apple intends to take ten percent more iPhones and AirPods off the production line. Apple recently ordered 80 million phones, 15 million of which could be the iPhone 9, according to unofficial sources. However, the coronavirus creates “massive uncertainties,” the contact person said.
The new iPhone 9
The iPhone 9 (also known as iPhone SE 2) should look very similar to the current iPhone 8 and be available for around 450-500 euros. Only one camera should be installed on the back. The front is decorated with a 4.7-inch screen with wide bezels. Touch ID should also be on board. Most likely, Face ID is not used. Inside, the entry-level iPhone will be equipped with the latest A13 chipset with 3 gigabytes of RAM. You can find out what the iPhone 9 (iPhone SE 2) should look like here: iPhone SE 2 – This is how the smartphone should look