Apple is set to release an iPhone SE this year, but many questioned the timeline after the tech giant was forced to shutdown its assembly factories in China due to the coronavirus.
However, a new image has surfaced online that suggests the firm is on track for its first quarter launch date and could roll out the smartphone in the next week.
A consumer shared a pictured of an Urban Armor Gear case at a Best Buy location, with packaging that indicates it is for the ‘New iPhone 4.7-inch 2020’.
According to the report from 9to5Mac, retailers have been instructed not to sell the case until Sunday, April 5, suggesting that is when the iPhone 9, or iPhone SE, will officially launch.
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Anew image has surfaced online that suggest the firm is on track and could launch the iPhone SE in the next week. A consumer shared a pictured of an Urban Armor Gear case seen at a Best Buy location, with packaging that indicates it is for the ‘New iPhone 4.7-inch 2020’
The new handset is expected to be 4.7 inches, include Touch ID and boast a similar design to that of the iPhone 8.
Rumors about the smartphone first surfaced last year, when Apple was reportedly working on an iPhone that is cheaper and resembles the iPhone 8, but still includes the power of the iPhone 11.
In the report from October 2019, 9to5Mac claimed that the ‘spiritual iPhone SE successor’ would have a 4.7-inch screen, Finger ID and be available in ‘the first quarter of 2020’.
And it seems Apple could still be on schedule regardless of having to shutdown its iPhone assembly plants in China last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, 9to5Mac recently noted: ‘It’s unlikely that April 5 will be the release date for the iPhone 9, but one possibility is that Apple announces the iPhone 9 this week with availability sometime next week.’
Renders of the iPhone 9 surfaced in January 2020, which show all of the features that were rumored to be included in the October 2019 report
The red Urban Armor Gear case has what appears to be a metal exoskeleton or frame that provides rigidity and protection to the leather case.
There is a camera cutout on the top right and the packaging for the case has text saying it is for the ‘New iPhone 4.7-inch 2020.’
Rumors have suggested that the iPhone will be designed with an A13 processor and 3 GB RAM.
The smartphone is also believed to look more like the iPhone 8, which has the finger ID and smaller display.
Renders of the iPhone 9 surfaced in January 2020, which show all of the features that were rumored to be included in the October 2019 report.
At first glance the biggest difference between the iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 8 will be the frosted glass back like the iPhone 11 Pro rather than the glossy glass of the iPhone 8, according to iGeeksBlog.
iPhone 8 was the last to launch with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner built in, replaced with face-scanning sensors.