Carriers and retailers prepare for imminent ‘iPhone 9’ debut

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Coming soon to a pocket near you?
Photo: ConceptsiPhone

There’s more evidence that the new low-cost iPhone alternately referred to as the iPhone SE/iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9 is about ready to launch, thanks to two pieces of fresh evidence which appeared over the weekend.

The first is a placeholder page on the major Chinese retailer JD.com. The second is a reference to the “iPhone 9” in a Verizon document about iPhone trade-ins. While there’s no more detail on the phone itself, it suggests that the new iPhone is indeed on its way.

We talk the return of iPhone SE! This week, on The CultCast

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New budget iPhone ... incoming???
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This week on The CultCast: iPhone SE… 2! Let’s talk about it. Plus: Apple is “scrambling” to prevent iPhone 12 delays amidst COVID-19 challenges; and we wrap up with an all new What We’re Into, Quarantine Edition! We’ll tell you about the shows, game videos and other stuff we’re doing with our extra “free” time.

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Apple Store online listing confirms name of new low-cost ‘iPhone SE’

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Forget about the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9.
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Apple may have accidentally leaked the name for its own upcoming low-cost iPhone, courtesy of an Apple Online Store listing discovered Thursday.

The $39.95 Belkin InvisiGlass Ultra screen protector is advertised as fitting the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and… iPhone SE. Previous rumors suggested that the new low-cost iPhone would be named either the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2. Instead, it seems Apple could go back to the well by reusing the iPhone SE name.

Apple supposedly pencils in April 15 launch for iPhone 9

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A reported iPhone 9, similar to this conceptual design, could arrive any day now.
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Apple has supposedly penciled in an April 15 launch date for its low-cost iPhone 9.

New claims that surfaced Tuesday indicate the company held an internal briefing this week to decide “tentative” announcement and shipping dates for the new device. Those claims remind us, however, that “we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and things could change.”

New low-cost iPhone SE successor could launch as soon as next week

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Watch a realistic iPhone 9 concept video.
Here’s what the iPhone 9 — or iPhone SE 2 if you prefer — will probably look like.
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The iPhone SE 2, a.k.a the iPhone 9, could debut anytime after next week, a new report claims.

According to the report, case makers for the new low-cost handset have started sending inventory to retailers like Best Buy. However, they have included instructions that the products must not be displayed until April 5.

iPhone SE 2 production could be back on; iPhone 12 likely delayed

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Watch a realistic iPhone 9 concept video.
Coming sooner than some expected?
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Apple has apparently had a change of heart after indefinitely delaying the iPhone SE 2, also referred to as the iPhone 9. According to Front Page Tech analyst Jon Prosser, Apple has put the handset into mass production.

If correct, this reflects just how rapidly the supply chain situation is changing in China. From factories being shut down completely in February, companies like Foxconn are now reportedly back on track.

With iPhone SE 2 delayed indefinitely, source confirms Apple nixes rumored March event

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With new products not ready to sell and coronavirus concerns on the rise, a source says Apple postponed a planned product event.
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Apple decided to postpone a March product launch event after continuing delays in the production of an expected successor to the iPhone SE, a source at Apple confirmed to Cult of Mac.

A number of other problems played into the decision to delay the event that was being planned, including the worsening impact of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus in California and elsewhere.

iPhone SE 2 production may have been pushed back due to COVID-19

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Apple could debut iPhone SE successor as soon as March
iPhone SE 2 will be the successor to 2016's iPhone SE.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s iPhone SE 2 could be pushed back beyond the March release some were expecting as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak causing disruption in Apple’s supply chain.

A report published Thursday claims that Apple has deferred orders for the flexible printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the low-cost handset. Orders initially scheduled for the first quarter have been delayed until the second.