Low-priced ‘iPhone SE’ reportedly near imminent release

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The iPhone SE update is launching soon.
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After months of waiting, the successor to the iPhone SE is allegedly ready to launch any day now.

Apple is supposedly ready to accept orders for its new entry-level iPhone “as soon as tomorrow” according to a new report from 9to5Mac that claims if the launch doesn’t happen on Friday, it will be “very soon.”

Based on the new report, Apple allegedly plans to just call the new device the “iPhone SE” and reference it as a 2020 hardware update. Previous rumors claimed the device would be called the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9.

Revealing the device on a Friday would be an out of character move from Apple. Usually, the company reveals iPhones sometime between Monday and Wednesday with pre-orders opening up on a Friday.

Cult of Mac reported earlier this week that Apple penciled in April 15 as the launch date for the new iPhone SE. The source of that rumor, Jon Prosser, founder of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, is still sticking by his April 15 launch date. Either way, someone is going to be slurping down some claim chowder tomorrow.

Per 9to5Mac’s report, the 2020 iPhone SE will come in white, red and black, with storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Apple also supposedly has five different cases ready for the device but third-party case makers are also ready to support it at launch.

At the beginning of the year, it looked like iPhone 9 would be Apple’s first product of 2020. Reports were pointing to a spring debut. As the weeks went on, we all expected to see keynote invites from Apple.

Then came the COVID-19 outbreak. The virus began expanding its reach around the world, while in China — the home of most Apple suppliers — we saw labor shortages and restrictions on transport. If Apple does choose to make this unexpected release on Friday it’d be a sure sign of the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on the tech world.