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Rumour | iPhone SE 2: Apple misses mass production deadline for its next "budget" smartphone amid new name leak

The iPhone SE 2? The iPhone 9? Guess again, apparently. (Image source: ConceptsiPhone)
The iPhone SE 2? The iPhone 9? Guess again, apparently. (Image source: ConceptsiPhone)
Apparently, Apple's next budget smartphone, rumoured to start at US$399, will not be called the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9. Instead, a new leak has pointed to Apple marketing the spiritual successor to the iPhone SE by a completely different name. The company's iPad range may give a hint what the name will be, too. The mass-production date for the device may have been missed though because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Alex Alderson,

We have always remained sceptical about Apple naming its rumoured budget smartphone the iPhone 9. As we have previously stated, the name would leave little room for a successor. Apple could release the iPhone 9s, for example, but it would run into trouble with the iPhone X if it decided to make budget smartphones more regularly.

Conversely, we thought that the name iPhone SE 2 seemed more likely, although that also has its problems. While the device is said to be Apple's first sub-US$400 smartphone since the iPhone SE, it is not supposed to look anything like Apple's last budget handset. Instead, the device is supposed to built around the design of the iPhone 8. In our opinion, the name iPhone SE 2 does not sit correctly with something that has with the body of an iPhone 8 and the internals from newer iPhones.

Now, a new name has been offered, and one that sounds more realistic. Citing an unnamed source, Front Page Tech claims that Apple will sell the device as the iPhone. The source has not been verified either, so this could come to nothing. The name iPhone mimics the entry-level iPad, which Apple sells as simply the iPad. The same source supposedly stated that the iPhone (2020) will start at US$399 for the 64 GB model and US$450 for the 128 GB model, which is nothing new.

Separately, Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Apple has missed the mass production deadline for the iPhone (2020). The outbreak of the coronavirus has been blamed for the delay. However, that may not delay the release of the device, though.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-21 (Update: 2020-02-21)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.