• The iPhone SE 2 is the entry-level device anticipated to retail at $399
  • A new report claims that the device has entered the final production stages
  • The iPhone SE 2 might be unveiled at an Apple event anticipated to happen this Mar.

Since last year, leaks and rumors surrounding the entry-level iPhone SE 2 have flooded the Internet. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in China, several analysts and tech enthusiasts fear that the much-awaited device would not make it on schedule. However, if the recent report is to go by, it looks like the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone 9 might arrive aas earlier anticipated.

iPhone SE 2 on Final Production Stages

A recent report from Taiwan-based publication Digitimes claims that industry sources shared that the iPhone SE 2 has entered the final stage of engineering validation in China. While this could mean that the upcoming iPhone could be nearing its launch, the process would still take days or a few weeks. In other words, it could launch this month, or a month later, at this point, nothing is official yet.

Digitimes also mentions that Apple’s PCB orders for the iPhone SE 2 have been moved from the first quarter to the second quarter of this year. The report adds that the manufacturers in Taiwan of the printed circuit board were informed that the components have been ‘deferred.’ This could be another indication that the anticipated launch this month could be delayed. It is also possible that it might launch as anticipated but would release in limited quantities.

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Apple’s iPhone 8 is experiencing sluggish sales in South Korea. Reuters/Edgar Su

iPhone SE 2 Specs and Features

Based on earlier leaks and reports, the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 would sport an updated iPhone 8 look. It is also anticipated to house the Apple A13 Bionic chip currently running on the current generation iPhone 11 series. The upcoming entry-level iPhone is expected to feature up to 3 GB of RAM.

Moreover, the iPhone SE 2 is believed to sport a 4.7-inch display and might retain the Touch ID sensor of its older sibling. TFI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier predicted that the iPhone SE 2 would retail at $399. Whispers online claimed that the device might launch on Apple’s upcoming event this month.

Considering that a lot of trade and tech events have recently been canceled over COVID-19 concerns, many believe that Apple might no longer hold an in-person event. Instead, like Google’s I/O developers conference, the Cupertino tech juggernaut might hold the event online.