Rumors of an impending launch by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) New Low-Budget iPhone Gains Ground After China JD.com Inc (NASDAQ: JD) has made available a placeholder page listing an iPhone 9.
Launch in mid-April for iPhone 9?
JD.com has not released any details regarding the iPhone 9. The list of the product under the nickname of the iPhone 9 could exclude the possibility that Apple adopts the naming scheme SE.
Meanwhile, 9to5Mac reported last week that it had learned that Apple was planning to accept orders for the new iPhone – which it was referring to using two names, the iPhone SE and the iPhone 9. The publication quoted “advice a very reliable player. ”
The iPhone 9 / SE2 is expected to launch in the coming weeks, a delay from the original March schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues across Asia, said the Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives in a Monday note, citing the supply chain and various retail websites.
The launch of the iPhone 9 was referenced by YouTuber Jon Posser at the end of March Tweeter, citing an internal meeting at Apple.
Posser suggested an April 15 launch date, with shipments likely to begin on April 22.
Potential iPhone 9 specs, price
The new model is expected to use the same chip as the iPhone series, an A 13 processor, and would come with three color options, according to the 9to5Mac report: white, black and red.
The new budget model is expected to cost $ 349, 9to5Mac said, citing supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The next iPhone 9 / SE2 is expected to have a 4.7-inch screen, a Touch ID home button, an A13 Bionic chipset, a single 12MP camera on the back and a starting retail price of $ 399, a said analyst Wedbush Ives.
“There could also be a 5.5-inch” Plus “version associated with this iPhone launch,” said the analyst.
Low volume, low touch release?
Given that Apple is working on a 5G phone, it is a bit confusing why Apple is planning a low-priced model in this time of uncertainty.
“While the launch of a budget / entry-level mid-cycle smartphone in the context of a global consumer lockdown and an unprecedented pandemic is a threat to some, we note that Apple views this as low volume, low touch release with little fanfare as the phones are already ready to ship, “said Ives.
Based on underlying demand and the previous SE cycle, Ives said it expects shipments of 20-25 million iPhone 9 / SE2 units in the first six to nine months.
Wedbush expects Apple to launch the 5G smartphone in December. The firm has an outperformance rating on Apple with a price target of $ 335.
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