The rumors around a new iPad Pro and the supposed successor of the iPhone SE, now called “IPhone 9”, have been coming for some time and indicate that the products will be launched sometime in the first half of 2020. Nobody, however, had the outbreak of COVID-19 (the infamous Coronavirus) that has reached the world, especially in some regions of China – exactly where the production of these future products happens.
The outbreak, which has already killed more than 1,500 people in China alone, put a question mark in a series of activities in the country (which is understandable, considering that the top priority there at the moment is to contain the virus), including production electronic equipment. According to two recent reports, the launches of the “iPhone 9” and the new iPad Pro will not be affected by the epidemic.
The first news comes from DigiTimes, which tends to be “barrigadas” but has good sources in the productive chain of Apple. According to the website, the new generation of iPad Pro is expected to launch in March – precisely the month that has been talked about in all rumors of the type.
Despite the (supposedly) continued release, the report states that the pace of production has been slower than usual: the suppliers involved in the manufacture of the tablets started manufacturing after the Chinese New Year holiday (celebrated on the 25th of last), but factories are only expected to pick up at the pace considered ideal in April – the Coronavirus outbreak is likely to have something to do with this slowdown.
It remains to be seen, now, whether this slower pace will affect the availability of the new iPad Pro when they finally hit the stores. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, our forever friend, Ming-Chi Kuo, stated that the launch of the “iPhone 9” (or “iPhone SE 2”, as you wish) will still happen in the first half of this year – without specifying a month or a date for that, however.
Kuo’s words appear in the middle of a note, obtained by MacRumors, which talks about camera lens suppliers for smartphones. More specifically, the analyst states that the “iPhone 9” will not include a 7P lens, with seven plastic elements:
As Apple does not plan that the “iPhone SE 2”, to be launched in the first half of 2020, has cameras with 7P lenses, the device will not help in the adoption of this type of component.
That is: until further notice, everything is maintained. We will therefore wait to learn more about these news.