The iPhone 9 – or iPhone SE 2, as it is called in some rumors – leaked extensively, and we expected to see it this month (March), before the coronavirus outbreak delayed smartphone production, creating the possibility that the new device from Apple would be delayed. But a new report suggests that the iPhone 9 may still be on the right track. According to “industrial sources” speaking to DigiTimes, the phone has reached the “final stage of technical validation” in China.
Although the site doesn’t say exactly what it means in terms of a possible release date, it certainly looks like the phone is almost done; in that case, we hope to see you soon. The most specific rumor about the launch so far came from the iPhone-ticker (a German iPhone news site), which claimed the phone was likely to be announced on March 31 before it hit stores on April 3. Several other sources pointed to the launch in March.
That said, previous reports have suggested that the emergence of coronavirus has had an impact on iPhone production, so while the process may be almost complete, we would not be surprised if the date had passed by at least a little. Or, failing that, if the iPhone 9 is announced in late March, it won’t be able to hit stores until weeks later.
In fact, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said simply that the phone would arrive sometime in the first half of the year, according to MacRumors, leaving us open to a possible wait of weeks or even months.
And there is always the possibility that DigiTimes’ sources are wrong, so we certainly wouldn’t have an official look at the Apple device this month, but it is possible, and at least the iPhone 9 will probably arrive sooner or later.