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The iPhone 9 gets priced again, but coronavirus threatens its release date

The iPhone 9 gets priced again, but coronavirus threatens its release date
Apple is changing tack with its iPhone strategy this year, and will be releasing a rock bottom affordable (for Apple's standards, that is) iPhone 9 for those nostalgic types who lust after the physical home key and the manageable size of those iOS handsets of yesteryear.

As a reminder, the iPhone 9 is expected to come in an iPhone 8 package, with the same 4.7" 1334×750 pixels LCD display and physical Touch ID button, 12MP camera, and sport Apple's current A13 Bionic chipset champion, 3 gigs of RAM and 64GB storage at its base option.

Apple iPhone 9 price takes off at iPhone SE levels

Said nostalgia-driven (or budget-driven) Apple fans will be able to have the iPhone 9 for the low price of $399, said one rumor. Well, that rumor just got corroborated by Fast Company sources from the supply chain, who confirmed that the next iPhone will cost as little as the iPhone SE at launch, and parts production for it is ramping up as we speak.

Unfortunately, part of the production of the iPhone 9 will happen at Apple's giant assembler Foxconn in China, as the factories in India which amassed some experience producing the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and even the iPhone XR, most likely can't churn out the tens of millions of iPhone 9 units that are likely to be snapped.

Apple iPhone 9 release and shipment delays affected by coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak that is sweeping China's heartland, quarantine rules hampered production of, well, everything, and Foxconn even retooled conveyor belts for protective masks instead of phones production. 

This, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, may inject uncertainty into the iPhone 9 launch and shipment schedules, as only one of the three Foxconn plants tasked with the iPhone 9 production is expected to return to work today, and even that schedule is under review by the Chinese health authorities. 

"There are still many uncertainties," tips the famed Apple analyst in a memo to clients, and stresses that he can't engage into any forecast regarding production volumes or even restart of the iPhone 9 assembly plans as the opening of the other Foxconn factories that are supposed to make it, will be delayed by "at least several days." 

Apple will most likely still announce and launch the iPhone 9 according to schedule, but there may be discrepancies between initial demand and actual availability that may see your shipment date pushed back significantly.

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iPhone 9 (SE 2)
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1700 mAh
  • OS iOS



13. deepakroundal

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 17, 2020

Atleast it should be a 5.5 inch one.

12. joey18

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

stupid apple why iphone 9 just lower the price the iphone x

11. doublenaughtspy

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

My wife can’t wait for the nine. She hates her XR with a rare level of animosity. She curses Apple daily for taking her home button. I even put a fake home button on it but she will not be appeased. I bought her the XR because her 7 crashed with a software bug and VZW told me tough luck. I’ve held on to an aging 6S Plus because the newer IPhones offer very little that, to me, seems truly different. (I also have a Galaxy S10 plus because I need two phones for business.) I dread the day Apple kills my 6S Plus.

10. Magi757

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2020

It doesn't look like such a great deal. Cause experienced in full screen can gives you a better feel. I think people would not get back to iphone 8 after they used XR. Apple should realise this facts. Even if iphone SE has a full screen, may be it would accepted. Such an world strongest company doesn't know small facts

9. TBomb

Posts: 1790; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If the phone is actually as cheap as $399 and the only major difference is quality of screen and count of cameras, then this should be a wake up call that we are all overpaying for our flagship phones. You shouldn't be able to charge $1000+ for an amazing phone, and then turn around and charge only $399 for another fantastic phone with minimal differences. before people say "they can charge whatever they want" that is not what I mean. I mean consumers shouldn't buy into this crap valuation these companies are telling us these products are worth

6. epic_ninja420

Posts: 135; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Perfect upgrade for my 9 year old.

5. libra89

Posts: 2357; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If it's small, I can possibly wait it out.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1426; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Hahaha, Apple turned the 6 upside down, and made it the iPhone 9. Very clever Apple, but I'll just hold on to my iPhone 6, until the Fold 2 comes out. O.o

1. gadgetpower

Posts: 354; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

These would be awesome for those budget conscious consumers who would like to try an iphone.

7. Whitedot

Posts: 907; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Let's be honest and clear here : "budget conscious Apple consumers" suffice to say all about what this phone is targeted at.
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