Bloomberg: 'iPhone SE 2' Launch Still on Course for March Despite Coronavirus Outbreak, New iPad Pro Models in First Half of 2020

Bloomberg this morning reports that Apple's new low-cost iPhone is still on course for launch next month, despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on production, although new iPad Pro models originally scheduled for the first half of 2020 could yet face delays or constraints.

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The [low-cost iPhone] is still on track to launch in March, though the plans are still fluid, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple has also been preparing updated iPad Pro models with a new camera system for the first half of 2020 and the virus may yet impose delays or constraints on those plans.

Bloomberg's sources don't conflict with noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest predictions for the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌, which is rumored to be based on the ‌iPhone‌ 8, but with upgraded internals. In a research note seen yesterday by MacRumors, Kuo reiterated his belief that the "‌iPhone‌ 9" or "‌iPhone SE 2"‌ is still expected to launch in the first half of this year in spite of the impact of the viral outbreak on production.

Rumors have been pointing toward a significant ‌iPad Pro‌ update in the first half of this year, including a new triple-lens rear camera system supporting 3D sensing for immersive augmented reality experiences. Today's report also broadly aligns with claims made on Monday by DigiTimes that production on the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models has been slow to ramp up following the extended Lunar New Year holiday, although the Taiwan-based website maintains that launch of the new devices is still expected "around March."

Aside from potential delays, Apple's spring media events have often occurred in March, and the list of products with rumored imminent updates has pointed toward one of those spring events being held again this year. A report yesterday claimed that Apple plans to hold a media event at the very end of March, with Tuesday, March 31 being the most likely date. The launch of the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌ is said to follow on Friday, April 3.

In addition to the new low-cost ‌‌iPhone‌, rumors suggest Apple is planning to release an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, while more outlying launch possibilities for the first half of 2020 include a MacBook Air update, Apple's Tile-like "AirTags" item trackers, and perhaps a wireless charging mat.

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Top Rated Comments

Smartass Avatar
58 months ago

If there's a plus size with a headphone jack, I'll jump on that.
Hi, nice to see you recovered fully after being 4 years in a coma! One bad news for you, Apple killed headphone jack just right after you fell into coma. But no worries, Bluetooth is the new standard now! No wires, Enjoy!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BvizioN Avatar
58 months ago
My excitement level for this Apple product: ZERO
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
9876544 Avatar
58 months ago

Hi, nice to see you recovered fully after being 4 years in a coma! One bad news for you, Apple killed headphone jack just right after you fell into coma. But no worries, Bluetooth is the new standard now! No wires, Enjoy!
Yeah, one more thing to charge...

It is nothing better than to have USB-A headset (I was given one), 3.5 mm Jack headphones from my previous iPhone and Bluetooth headphones because the place in the iPhone is "prime" real estate.

Or I can just get a Android Phone with 3.5 mm Jack...

There is so much mess in the Apple Ecosystem. Geez, it is like before Jobs came back, Lightning, USB-C, Jack, No Jack, Thunderbolt 3, Mini display port.

I miss those times when everything was uniform over all lines.

I do not understand why at this stage they are not using USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 for everything.

Wait it would be too simple. We love chaos. We love to sell dongles. We love to sell extra bluetooth headphones. Because those sheeps will always pay, right?

Apple died with Jobs.
They ousted Forstall, They ousted Ive. They just took the products Jobs had in the pipeline and since then, they are just cherry picking the best ideas from competition and call it innovation.

That is why MBP Retina was the most beloved Macbook. That is why the 4,4s,5,5s were the hottest iPhones.

Look at what happened since then:

1. Camera which does not fit in the body.
2. Notch in the display.
3. Sh*tty keyboards.
4. All that dongle mess.
5. Touchbar.
6. Lightning/USB-C/Thunderbolt cables.
7. Yeah, and the Jack...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hailey bee Avatar
58 months ago
Here is a radical idea, Apple:
make SE line a one-handed phone, with reduced feature list.

By reduced I mean I don't need AR games on it, or movie theatre experience, or triple lens camera.
There would be still a ton to innovate on this SE line.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimrod Avatar
58 months ago
It's not really an SE or equivalent though is it? It's an 8mk2... Not small, not current where it matters - full display etc. Meh.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
supergt Avatar
58 months ago
The most exciting thing about this phone is the name. /s

My money is on 8 Pro.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)