“Apple is said to be facing troubles with the flow of components further down the supply chain, while it waits for full production”
iPhone 9/ iPhone SE 2 launch may be slightly delayed despite the fact that the production has reached final stages of verification, according to a Digitimes report citing sources. The coronavirus epidemic is causing the delay in PCB shipments, as predicted earlier and the same are now pushed from Q1 to Q2. Taiwan printed circuit board manufacturers have been informed about the same. What this means is that Apple is facing trouble with the flow of components further down the supply chain, while it waits for full production. Leading PCB maker Zhen Ding Technology is said to be a supplier for the upcoming iPhone.
Apple might still go ahead and introduce the iPhone 9 later this month with limited supply, but it’s pretty evident the production ramp has been pushed further. The iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2 specifications tipped so far include the latest A13 chipset and an iPhone 8-like design with Touch ID and thick bezels. The phone is likely to run on iOS 13 out of the box, pack 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage for the base variant. While it is tipped to feature a single rear camera, it isn’t clear if it’ll be using an upgraded sensor or borrow the wide-angle lens from the iPhone 11. The iPhone 9/ iPhone SE 2 price is rumoured to be $399, which is similar to iPhone SE when it was launched.
Apple was also expected to launch the new iPad Pro 2020 in first-half of 2020, but it is most likely to be delayed given the current developments. It remains to be seen if there would be any effect on the iPhone 12-series flagships that are due for later this year. Either way, considering these are from unnamed sources, we suggest you take it with a pinch of salt and hold on to Apple for an official announcement.