The iPhone 9 – which is expected to be the iPhone SE 2, with the exception of the name – could eventually land quickly because it has supposedly just entered mass production. That’s according to Jon Prosser (a leaker with a solid track record), so it could be true, and if so, it should mean that the phone will be announced very soon. This would mean that the development of the phone is finished and that Apple is now just building units of it so that he has enough supply to meet the demand when the iPhone 9 is announced.
This is also largely in line with what we’ve heard before, with sources claiming a few weeks ago that the iPhone 9 had entered the final phase of technical validation.
iPhone 9 has just entered mass production.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) March 18, 2020
The only real reason to doubt this, apart from the fact that the information is not official, is that the coronavirus has affected some of the factories that Apple uses for production. But that was already in January, and all the signs seem to indicate that things are back on track with regard to Apple’s Chinese production plants.
The big question that remains is exactly when the iPhone 9 will be launched. Sources had previously pointed to an announcement in March, but Apple just announced the iPad Pro 2020 series, and if the iPhone 9 were to be launched in the same month, it would make sense to do so at the same time.
So we suspect that March is now unlikely, although we said that March 31 had been brought forward earlier by a source, and since that date is still almost two weeks away at the time of writing, it is possible. If not March then the next Apple event that we know is WWDC 2020 in June, but that is more software-oriented and June seems awfully far away for a device that is already in mass production.
In any case, we will let you know as soon as we know more, and as soon as the iPhone 9 is announced we will certainly give you a full impression and our complete iPhone 9 Review.