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2020 iPhone SE availability already slips to next month

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You’ll have to wait a bit if you didn’t already order the 2020 iPhone SE.
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Apple began taking pre-orders for the second-generation iPhone SE on Friday, and in the U.S. already ran out out of its stock for release on launch day.

Orders placed placed earlier today will arrive on April 24. But the official Apple Store website indicates that orders for the new $399 iPhone placed now won’t arrive until May.

Analyst: iPhone 9 set for mid-April release, but 6.7-inch iPhone 12 delayed

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The iPhone 9 release could be right around the corner.
Photo: Mauro Batino

Apple will “likely” launch a low-cost iPhone 9 as early as next week, according to an analyst report published Friday.

Travel difficulties caused by the coronavirus outbreak may push back the release of the largest iPhone ever until late fall, the analyst said. However, other new iOS devices are still on schedule for September.

Carriers and retailers prepare for imminent ‘iPhone 9’ debut

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Coming soon to a pocket near you?
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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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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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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.
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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.

Low-cost iPhone SE 2 enters final stages of engineering validation

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The iPhone SE 2 will reportedly look a lot like the iPhone 8.
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Apple’s supply chain might be suffering due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, but that isn’t stopping things moving forward for the iPhone SE.

According to a report published Thursday, the new entry level LCD iPhone has entered the final stages of engineering validation in Zhengzhou, China. That’s the stage at which the finalized hardware is tested and validated. Should all go according to plan, it will then undergo design validation and testing, prior to going into mass manufacturing.

Low-cost iPhone skirts virus-related delays for March release

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Coming soon with a 2?
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The long-awaited successor to the popular iPhone SE remains on track for launch sometime next month, a top analyst on Apple’s supply chain in China said.

TF International Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors that coronavirus has not impeded production of the budget-friendly iPhone. The new handset is known as either the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9.

iPhone SE 2 will be a low-cost powerhouse, and we talk details, on The CultCast

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Apple's prepping iPhone SE 2!
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This week on The CultCast: Apple is prepping iPhone SE 2, but trouble in China could mean massive production delays across the entire tech industry. Plus: macOS leaks hint at big CPU upgrades on the way; and a celebrity calls out the MacBook’s troubled keyboards.

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Totallee starts taking preorders for ‘iPhone SE 2’ case

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Is this the iPhone SE 2 in a Totallee case? Maybe, maybe not.
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Accessory maker Totallee is so confident it knows the exact dimensions of the upcoming iPhone SE 2 that it went ahead and started taking preorders for a case designed for it.

This takes some serious nerve, as this low-cost handset is still just a rumor. It isn’t expected to be announced before March.

iPhone 9 concept gives a glimpse at what Apple may launch this spring

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Will the iPhone 9 really look like this?
Photo: Mauro Batino

The long wait for the successor to the iPhone SE may nearly be over and thanks to a new concept ad you can already get a good glimpse of what it will probably look like.

Mauro Battino unleashed his gorgeous iPhone 9 concept ad this morning that’s based on all the latest rumors. Armed with an A13 chip, the best LCD Apple’s ever made, Portrait Mode camera and new colors, the iPhone 9 could become a big hit. The best feature of all though might be its price tag.

Take a look at this stunning concept ad:

Apple could debut iPhone SE successor as soon as March

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Are you excited about Apple's follow-up to the iPhone SE?
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Apple’s forthcoming low-cost iPhone, often referred to as the iPhone SE 2 or (confusingly) the iPhone 9, is set to enter mass production in February, Bloomberg claims. The news outlet claims that Apple could unveil the iPhone SE 2 “as early as March.”

Production on the new handset is reportedly being split between regular Apple contract manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron.

Analysts bullish that 5G and budget iPhones will give Apple very strong 2020

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Analysts from several market-analysis firms say the iPhone SE 2 will help propel the company to a strong year.
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Apple’s share price is more than double what it was this time last year. Cult of Mac asked prominent market-analysis firms to explain this meteoric rise. Several of them listed not just the upcoming debut of the 5G iPhone for investor optimism, but also the imminent launch of a budget model.

iPhone SE 2 could sport a frosted glass back

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Apple boots smelter and refiners in crackdown on conflict minerals
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The latest detail leaking out on a hotly-anticipated low-cost iPhone indicate this handset — possibly called the iPhone SE 2 – will have a back of frosted glass.

Quite a bit of other information about this model has come to light, including its dimensions. Which is not surprising, considering it’s rumored to launch in about two months.

‘iPhone SE 2’ could get bigger and better sibling in 2020

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Two new iPhone SE models for 2020?
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It’s no surprise Apple is working on a new iPhone SE for 2020. Recent rumors have indicated it will make its debut in the spring. But that particular model might be just one of two planned for this year.

A new report claims Apple is also working on a larger, “upgraded” version that will be available later in the year.