New rumor claims iPhone SE 2 unveiling will happen on March 31

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It could cost just $399.
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Apple will make its new iPhone SE 2 (or iPhone 9?) official on March 31, a new rumor, citing sources within Apple, claims today. The low-cost handset is then expected to go on sale just a few days later.

A second-generation iPhone SE looks all but certain at this point. And recent reports have promised it is still on track for a spring debut, despite the ongoing coronavirus epidemic that is wreaking havoc for some manufacturers.

Now a new report, which cites Apple employees, offers a release date for the device.

iPhone SE 2 could go on sale April 3

“According to current plans,” Apple will unveil the “iPhone 9” during an event on Tuesday, March 31, then make it available to purchase on Friday, April 3, reports German blog iPhone-Ticker.

“We get this information directly from the Apple environment and have no reason to doubt the reliability,” the report adds.

The new handset, which is likely to adopt iPhone 8’s design, could be powered by Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor. Reliable TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects it to be priced at around $399.

What about new iPads?

Apple held an event to debut its new 10.2-inch iPad and a bunch of new services, including Apple TV+, last March. So another spring event this year certainly isn’t out of the question — and this one could bring new iPads, too.

Rumor has it Apple is also planning to unveil its next-generation iPad Pro lineup in the coming weeks. A revamped camera system with 3D sensing for better augmented reality will be its biggest selling point.