Now that it's finally here, you can make a practical decision about whether to buy the new iPhone SE — or seek out the old iPhone 8 while it still exists. They are very similar, yet each has benefits over the other.
Maybe 2019 was practice for Apple, as it is now used to releasing new products via a press release. That's what it had to do in March 2020 as the whole world self-isolated, and Apple Stores closed their doors.
With rumors of a next-generation "iPhone SE 2" aswirl, Best Buy this week reportedly received a batch of cases designed for an as-yet-unannounced 4.7-inch iPhone model that could go on sale in the near future.
The flood of new feature claims within iOS 14 continues, with the mobile operating system leaks allegedly confirming rumors about upcoming hardware including the iPad Pro refresh and the "iPhone SE 2," as well as a number of changes to HomeKit.
Industry reports suggest the low-cost "iPhone SE 2" and a refresh of the iPad Pro line will still launch in March, with the iPad Pro refresh arriving shortly thereafter —although the impact of the coronavirus raises questions about Apple's over-reliance on Chinese manufacturing.
Apple appears to have confirmed the names of some of its incoming iPhone models for 2018 just ahead of its "Gather Round" launch event, after the product sitemap file for the online Apple Store was updated to include accessories for the "iPhone XS," "iPhone XS Max," and "iPhone Xr" suspected to be for the 6.1-inch LCD model.
Morgan Stanley's expectations for Apple's "Gather Round" iPhone event are relatively muted, but the impact of new iPhone models could be both a negative and a positive for Apple on a full-year basis, due to the effects of lengthening smartphone replacement cycles and the huge potential for older iPhones to be upgraded to newer versions.
This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk through the latest news about the naming of the rumored iPhone Xs Max, a higher resolution Apple watch, and Eddy Cue's alleged falling asleep on the job.
Apple supplier Broadcom on Thursday said it expects strong seasonal sales to drive a 25 percent sequential rise in wireless revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018, echoing statements made during the lead up to last year's iPhone 8 and iPhone X launch.
Pre-orders for Apple's 2018 iPhones have already commenced for one Romania-based online store, seemingly offering potential customers the ability to acquire the "iPhone Xs," "iPhone Xs Max (plus)," and "iPhone 9" ahead of Apple's official unveiling of the new smartphones.
The new iPhones arriving in the 2018 refresh should be priced comparatively with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to one report, with the highest cost "iPhone Xs Max" potentially having the same base cost as the iPhone X at launch.
Those wanting to use Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program to acquire one of the 2018 refresh models may want to check their upgrade status beforehand to see if they can upgrade now, or else face the prospect of unexpected extra costs if they are unprepared to wait.
Apple chip producer TSMC and assembly partner Foxconn are expected to announce record revenue figures in its fourth quarter financial report later this year, after a report claims shipments of the next generation of iPhones will be the best since the launch of the iPhone 6.