06 April 2020
Apple is widely rumored to announce an affordable iPhone variant this year. It was expected to become available sometime in March but as per new reports, iPhone 9 release is now delayed until June. The reason for the delay is the Coronavirus outbreak that has affected the tech industry in different ways including cancelations of various high-profile events.
It should be noted that June is only an estimated release timeline with nothing confirmed. Apple is said to be working on ways to tackle Coronavirus-related issues but is not sure about being able to achieve the goals. This is the reason it is hard to say exactly when Apple will be able to launch and actually start selling the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2.
One of the sources behind the report claim that the iPhone 9 production is not the major concern. Apple is more worried about public gathering that would happen during the launch as well as at the time when sales will begin. It is said to be thinking about holding the event at some different place than usual or completely scrap the event and go for an online-only launch.
The speculations further suggest that these issues are not limited to the iPhone 9 launch. Even the annual iPhone refresh is expected to get delayed due to similar reasons. The iPhone 12 launch can get pushed back by as much as two months than the usual time. Apple is yet to make any official comment on the situation and we would suggest you wait for that. In the meantime, we will keep bringing all the latest developments from the rumor mill.