Despite fears of production being impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, Bloomberg this morning reports that Apple’s lower-cost “iPhone SE 2” is still on track for a launch next month. However, new iPad Pro models, which are expected to debut sometime in the first half of the year could see delays or supply constraints.
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 report jibes with the latest predictions from noted industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo for the lower-cost iPhone. Kuo says the new device, which is expected to resemble the iPhone 8 on the exterior but will boast improved internal components, is still expected to launch in the first half of this year in spite of the impact of the viral outbreak on iPhone production.
Rumors have also been floated that a significant iPad Pro update will hit shelves sometime in the first half of 2020. The new tablet is expected to boast a new triple-lens rear camera setup, supporting 3D sensing for immersive augmented reality experiences.
A report on Monday from DigiTimes that new iPad Pro production has been slow to ramp up, following the extended Lunar New Year holiday. However, the publication says the launch of the new tablets is still expected “around March.”
A report from Monday claims an Apple media event that will feature the “iPhone SE 2” is set for March 31. However, the rumor-related report offers no substantiation, appearing to be made merely because Apple has held events in March on four of the last five years.
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