Apple will “likely” launch a low-cost iPhone 9 as early as next week, according to an analyst with GF Securities.
But travel difficulties caused by the coronavirus outbreak may push back the release of the largest iPhone ever until late fall. However, other new iOS devices are still on schedule for September, according to this analyst.
Get ready for the budget iPhone 9/SE release
Jeff Pu from China-based GF Securities pointed out in a research note obtained by Cult of Mac that the replacement for the iPhone SE was already supposed to be out. But he said in his April 9 note that the debut of this low-cost model will be “likely in mid-April.”
His firm predicts this iOS handset will have a 4.7-inch screen, an Apple 13 processor, 3 GB of RAM and a 12 MP rear camera.
All this fits with previous reports from other sources that the budget model will launch on April 15, and will be a version of the iPhone 8 updated with a new processor and more RAM. Some rumors call it the iPhone 9, but there’s also evidence it will be dubbed iPhone SE instead.
But no super-size iPhone 12 in September
The GF Securities analyst said that Apple’s Engineering Verification Test on the upcoming 5.4-in. iPhone model and the two 6.1-in. ones have been delayed a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, the EVT for these devices will be over by the end of this month.
The news is less good for those eager to get the first 6.7-inch iPhone. Testing on this largest version won’t end until mid-May. Apple ran into problems with travel restrictions and delays in air freight flights during the COVID-19 outbreak.
But the company is apparently going to work through the challenges. Mostly. “We expect Apple to speed up the qualification process and sell three models in September, followed by the 6.7” model one or two months later,” said Pu.
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