Over the last couple of weeks, we talked about the coronavirus and its effect’s on apple productions for new phones in 2020. It seems as though revenue for the March quarter is going to fall short because of the virus and production delays might start slipping into April for new 2020 iPhones. But for those who want to see new iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 or whatever the name might be, It seems as if that might still be on track when apple usually hosts a spring event. History indicates that those events held in the march and some rumors point to an end of march event with the low-cost iPhone launching on April 3rd.
The iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 is a predictable inexpensive iPhone, designed for people who want an iOS handset but don’t want to splash out on a top-end device. It follows the iPhone SE in that tradition, but that phone was released in 2016.
iPhone 9 Current Rumor on Tik Tok
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There has been a new leak which surfaced on Tik-Tok so there are many reasons to take this with grain but it does show off a new iPhone that has a very different design that what we’ve been expecting for the new budget iPhone. The iPhone in the image features thick top and bottom bezels, A touch ID home button, and a seafoam green color. But most notably it also has an iPhone 4 style design which is not at all in line with the current rumors or what we are expecting. Everything we’ve heard about the low-cost iPhone right now suggests it’s going to be physically identical to the iPhone 8
iPhone SE Vs iPhone SE 2
In March 2016, Apple released the iPhone SE, which was basically meant to compete with lower-end smartphones, giving people access to an iPhone for a much cheaper $399. Apple got to that low price by using previous-gen hardware, and a lot of people loved it. Now, there are tons of rumors of a brand new iPhone SE 2, or possibly named iPhone 9, coming next month in March, just like the original SE did 4 years ago.
However, the world has changed drastically in the last 4 years, including some major new markets like India which are waiting for the perfect smartphone and I believe that the phone is the iPhone 9. So before I explain why this iPhone is incredibly important to the future of Apple, let me go through a list of all of the rumors I could find on the details of this new budget iPhone.
As I’ve mentioned before, it’ll most likely be released next month at Apple’s annual March event, but there are some worries about the Coronavirus delaying its release, and I’ll talk about that in just a minute. Just like the original SE borrowed hardware from a previous iPhone, the iPhone 9 should also, be reusing an old design and hardware, like having the same design as the iPhone 8, with a 4.7” display, large bezels on the top and bottom, and a Touch ID sensor. However, this is a small chance that we’ll actually get Face ID on this phone, but most rumors say otherwise.
The iPhone 9 could be a bit thicker than the 8 to allow for a bigger battery, as well as packing the same main camera as the iPhone 11, but possibly excluding the ultra-wide lens. This is great news because rumors point to the iPhone 9 is priced at around $400, so you’re getting an incredibly good camera for a fairly low price.
I personally think that the camera layout will change a bit, like maybe having a larger camera bump to ensure that you can’t use old iPhone 8 cases on this new iPhone 9. It should use the same aluminum frame, a glass back with wireless charging, possibly a centered
Apple logo and the same A13 Chip with 3GB of RAM from the iPhone 11, which is very powerful. And as for the storage, we’re expecting it to start at 64GB. So in reality, you’re really getting a lot for the $400 price tag, and I’ll explain why a price this low still makes financial sense at the end of this video.
Now let’s get into why this iPhone 9 is such a big deal for Apple. Believe it or not, there are a ton of people who are still using the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 or even the original SE. And there’s a couple of reasons why they’ve abstained from upgrading for so long. First off, newer iPhones are quite a bit more
expensive than before, so people who don’t care much about new technology don’t see the value in upgrading. Some users really don’t like the idea of
Face ID, so they’re not able to let go of the Home Button. On the other hand, others simply don’t like the large size of all of the latest iPhones.
The new iPhone 9 would virtually fix all of those issues, being affordable and packing a super-fast chip. This translates to a lot of people with older iPhones finally upgrading, especially if Apple offers a really good trade-in program. That means more sales of iPhones and accessories like cases, but that’s not even the biggest deal for Apple. While a lot of people in the states can afford iPhones, there are a lot of countries that don’t have it so easy, namely India andChina.
In those countries, budget smartphones rule the market for a couple of reasons. First off, there aren’t as many high-paying jobs there, so it’s more difficult for the vast majority of people to buy an expensive iPhone. And in the case of India, there are tariffs on imported iPhones, so they can potentially be more expensive than they are here in the States. Here’s a fact that you may find a bit hard to believe. Last year, Apple’s iPhone XR from 2018 was the best-selling smartphone in the world.
Yes, you heard that right, last year’s iPhone XR selling better than any other smartphone. This quote from Indiatimes.com explains why:” Apple also adjusted the price of the iPhone XR in China and several other markets like India, which helped keep demand strong during the quarter.” And check out this article, saying that India has a massive market of 480 million smartphones, with Apple’s current share of that market sitting at just over 1%, because of the high price of Apple’s premium smartphones. However, it was among the fastest-growing smartphone brands in India in the quarter to Dec. 2019, and that’s all thanks to the success of the iPhone XR, for mainly one reason, because it was the cheapest way to get a new iPhone.
And now, the iPhone 9 is about to take that spot, at a much lower $400 price tag, making it more attainable to markets where the budget smartphone is king. Now on the topic of the coronavirus, quite a few factories that assemble iPhones have been closed down, but in recent news, more factories are beginning to resume production in China. So even with these delays, Apple is still rumored to launch the iPhone 9 at its March event.
On the topic of tariffs causing iPhones to be more expensive in India, Apple has actually been working on an answer to this for years. There are already multiple iPhone manufacturing facilities in India including Wistron, which has been assembling AirPods and lower-end iPhone models like the SE for years, with one goal in mind, avoiding import tariffs and making those iPhones cheaper for the Indian market.
Last month, it was reported that Wistron’s third plant in India is ramping up iPhone production, so that adds to many rumors of the upcoming iPhone SE 2, or iPhone 9, being assembled in India alongside China. And due to the Coronavirus, it was reported that Foxconn has moved some of its iPhone production to India as well. This ultimately means that the Indian market is getting the iPhone 9 without having to pay the import tariffs for the phone itself. The only problem Apple’s gonna have is keeping up with the demand since their Indian factories aren’t as capable as the ones in China, especially since the Chinese market is going to be all over the iPhone 9 as well. So the point of all of this info is this, if the one-year-old iPhone XR was able to grab the spot for the best-selling smartphone in the world, imagine how well the brand new iPhone 9 for $200 less is gonna perform.
And with more and more iPhones in the hands of people in markets like China and India, that means more organic advertising in terms of word of mouth or increase in popularity within their culture. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in Apple’s master plan. Since the $400 price tag of the iPhone 9 doesn’t leave much room for profit margin, Apple is instead relying on getting more people in lower markets into the Apple ecosystem.
This means more people having access to the iOS app store and buying apps and games. More people paying for Apple software like iCloud and Apple Music subscriptions. More people buying an Apple Watch because they now have an iPhone. More people buying iPads, buying MacBooks, buying AirPods and more. THAT is Apple’s master plan, and that long-term goal of giving more of the global market access to anything and everything Apple.. is worth not making very great profit margins on the $400 iPhone 9.
And that is why the iPhone 9 is such a huge deal for Apple. We’re also expecting them to release the 2020 iPad Pro next month in March, so if you’re interested in leaks and rumors on that, check out that video right over there, and if you aren’t already subscribed, click the circle above to do so right now because we’ll be reviewing the iPhone 9 as soon as we get our hands on it.
The iPhone SE2 or 9 is likely to be among the best sellers. Its combination of cutting edge performance and photography at a low price and housed inside a compact chassis will make it ideal for those on a budget as well as a great choice for kids and less tech-savvy family members.
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