Rumours on Apple's latest iPhone models are continually spreading on social media platforms for quite some time now. Adding to that, a fresh report suggests that Apple is considering launching low-cost iPhone SE successor, which may either be known as the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9, on 31 March. Furthermore, several reports suggest that Apple has already begun the trial production.
The report on launch date of the "budget" iPhone comes from German technology website iPhone-ticker. Apart from revealing the date of launch, the website also suggests launch of certain other Apple products, the sales of which will begin from 3 April.
If rumours are to be believed, the Apple's this year's spring event may also witness the launch of the company's other products and accessories such as a refreshed version of iPad Pro, wireless charging pad etc.
According to 9to5 Mac's speculations, the Cupertino-based company may also release the iOS 13.4 sometime during the first week of April. The iOS 13.4 includes new features such as iCloud Drive folder sharing, new Memoji stickers, and much more.
Expected features and specifications of iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 has already surfaced via leaks and speculations. Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo has previously said he expects the device to come with the same A13 CPU as the iPhone 11, 3 GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
Apart from that, certain iPhone SE 2 videos and photos (speculative) seems to showcase that the iPhone SE successor is expected to return with iPhone 8-like design with a single rear camera, thick bezels, and the Touch ID button. However, earlier leaks and reports also noticed that the 2020 model is slightly thicker than 2017 iPhone 8 model, as it boasts 7.8mm width instead of the 7.3mm. But the size of the new handset will remain the same - 4.7-inch with IPS LCD Retina display.
Coming to the camera, which has always been Apple's focus, the iPhone SE2 or iPhone 9 is purported to come with advanced single-lens camera. If this is true, the quality if the images will be much better than its look-alike and older version, iPhone 8.
The features, looks and design of iPhone SE 2 may seem dated as they are already available in Apple's older released models but the performance will be high-powered. The new low-cost model key selling point will be a next-gen A13 Bionic processor, the same as the iPhone 11. Moreover, the iPhone is expected to cost roughly around $399, (approximately ₹28,500).
iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2: The name game
It is still not officially announced as to what this model will be called. It can either be called iPhone SE 2 or iPhone and both these names fit well with the model's specifications. However, the iPhone SE 2 looks more like an iPhone 8 successor than an upgrade to iPhone SE and therefore, the iPhone 9 name seems more justifiable. It can surely can’t be named iPhone 12, as this is a budgeted device and may have lesser features than iPhone 11 or iPhone X.
However, one should keep in mind that these reports are simply speculations and expectations and Apple has not officially announced any spring event as of yet.