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Rumour | iPhone SE 2: Release of Apple's next "budget" smartphone slips to Q2 2020, announcement at the end of next month

The iPhone SE 2 could go on sale on April 3, apparently. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @iGeeksBlog)
The iPhone SE 2 could go on sale on April 3, apparently. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @iGeeksBlog)
The iPhone SE 2 is hotly anticipated, with it rumoured to be Apple's first sub-US$400 smartphone in years. Previously, the A13 Bionic-powered handset was alleged to be released in Mid-March, but new reports claim that has slipped until April. An announcement about the device, which may be called the iPhone 9, is still due by the end of March, though.

Recent talk about the iPhone SE 2 has always mentioned a March release date, possibly coinciding with an iPad Pro refresh. The device, also referred to as the iPhone 9, is expected to feature the A13 Bionic SoC of last year's iPhone 11 series but with the body of an iPhone 8. There have been conflicting rumours about other specifications though, with the return of Touch ID seemingly having more traction than Apple equipping the spiritual successor to the iPhone SE with Face ID.

According to Bloomberg, "people familiar with the matter [iPhone SE 2]" claim that Apple is still on track to release the device in March. Make of that what you will, as this could be Bloomberg attaching authority to recycled rumours. By contrast, MacRumors tempered expectations the other day. Citing Ming Chi-Kuo, the much-quoted but not always reliable Apple analyst, MacRumors reported that Apple expects to release the iPhone SE 2 in 1H20, not necessarily in March.

1H20 could mean March, but iPhone-Ticker.de may have offered a clarification on the distinction between the two dates. Claiming to have received information from reliable Apple sources, the German website reports that Apple will release the iPhone SE 2 on April 3, with an announcement occurring either on March 30 or March 31.

In short, the iPhone SE 2 will probably arrive by the end of next month. However, it may not be available to order until the start of April.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-19 (Update: 2020-02-19)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
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.