Apple iPhone 9 (SE2) Reportedly Delayed Because of Coronavirus Outbreak

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Apple has reportedly decided to cancel its planned news conference this month where the corporate was expected to unveil the next-gen iPad Pro alongside the successor to the iPhone SE. consistent with a source quoted by Cult Of Mac, the choice follows continuing delays within the production of the so-called iPhone 9 (or iPhone SE2) due to severe coronavirus-related restrictions in China.

The source further claimed that the growing number of coronavirus cases within the US also played a serious part within the decision, with the corporate getting ‘concerned’ about bringing together some 1,000 delegates for the event that was originally scheduled to be held later this month at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

According to IANS, iPhone production within the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone in China had slowed thanks to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in January, affecting the international supply chain. A recent report from Taiwanese publication, DigiTimes, also suggested that Apple’s restrictions on its engineers from traveling to Asia has further affected the event of its other upcoming devices, just like the iPhone 12 lineup, by delaying their engineering verification tests (EVTs).

It’s worth noting here that that the iPhone 9 launch might not be the sole major Apple event to be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company’s annual developer conference, WWDC, can also be canceled due to the spiraling coronavirus crisis that some health professionals believe is fast approaching pandemic proportions. The WWDC is scheduled to be held in June, but the newest development now puts a significant interrogation point on the event this year.

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