[Rumor] Apple Plans to Release a New iPhone Despite Covid-19

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Andres Nichols, Contributor

Over the past month or so, there have been several rumors regarding new Apple products. The “original plan” was to announce these products in a conference but due to Covid-19, that option was no longer available. It was rumored that Apple had to cancel the conference and announce these products a different way. Instead of releasing an announcement for all the products that they had planned, Apple has been announcing products one by one. 

The current rumor floating about is that Apple will announce a new “budget” iPhone . The new iPhone will have a similar design and size to the iPhone 8/7. This would mean the home button will return for this particular model. The current rumors suggest that this iPhone will have a starting price of $399. The iPhone could come in three different colors: space gray, silver, and red. There should be a single 12MP camera on the back. It is also rumored that the iPhone will come with three different storage options: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB and all models will have 3GB of RAM. The phone is rumored to include a 4.7 in screen LCD display and will have Touch-ID. There is another rumor that says that this iPhone will come in a “plus” model as well but there have been little details regarding this rumor. The overall idea being spread is that this iPhone will be similar to the iPhone SE by being more affordable than the main flagship iPhones that are usually announced in September but will come in the size of the iPhone 8/7.

The last rumor regarding this new iPhone is that it will release in mid-April. The current estimate is that it will be released by the end of the week of April 13. This seems a bit odd because that would mean that a new iPhone is being released in the middle of a global pandemic. This is strange for Apple to do because they may not be able to sell as many products as they would like. This new iPhone could have made more sales if the pandemic was not around. This phone is a great upgrade for those who still prefer the older iPhone design and currently own old iPhones that are long due for an upgrade. Regardless of the pandemic, Apple needs to announce this product sooner or later. If they are going to store thousands or even millions of new iPhones that are ready to ship, Apple could lose more money.

It is pretty clear that Apple has less customers than before the pandemic occurred. Apple has even closed down the retails shops across the globe. However, Apple needs to rely on the fact that people will still buy this new iPhone online. These phones are waiting to be shipped and Covid-19 is not going to magically stop for Apple. It is a difficult business move because of terrible timing. Apple will have to make a risky move and release this new iPhone in April despite Covid-19. Unfortunately Covid-19 is still around and the best Apple can do without losing too much money would be to get this new iPhone released. 

 

Sources: 

https://www.macworld.com/article/3535833/iphone-se-2020-preview-price-specs-size-features-release.html

https://www.wired.com/story/smartphones-and-consumer-spending/

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-could-launch-budget-iphone-se-successor-in-mid-april-says-analyst-2020-04-06

https://9to5mac.com/2020/04/04/iphone-se-2020-iphone-9-features/