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iPhone 9 release date tipped for April 3, launch at end of March

Apple will host a special event at the end of March and launch the iPhone 9 (or iPhone SE 2), according to a new rumour.

A report from little-known German site iPhone-Ticker (via 9to5Mac) says Apple is planning to debut the long-awaited affordable iPhone, and release it shortly thereafter on April 3.

The report says it has knowledge from sources directly related to Apple, but equally it could just as easily be guess work from the site.

Apple has held an event in March for the last four years now, and the iPhone 9 has been tipped for this March by in-the-know reports and analysts for a number of months now.

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Last year, Apple held an event on March 25, where it revealed new services like Apple News+, Apple Arcade and the Apple Card. The year before, Apple revealed new iPads on March 27.

The report reckons Apple will hold the event on March 31, which is on Apple’s favoured Tuesday for launch events. History would suggest it could be the March 24, but that remains to be seen.

If Apple does unveil the iPhone 9 at the event, we’re likely to see a device that borrows the design of the iPhone 8, with a Touch ID button, while boasting newer internals. Naturally, it will run the iOS 13 operating system and boast much improved cameras.

We’re also hoping to see the new Tile-rivalling AirTags that will use the H1 chip and Bluetooth connectivity to help iPhone owners track down their errant gear.

It’s also possible Apple will launch branded over-ear headphones, new iPad Pro models with a 3D sensor for AR applications, and even new MacBooks using the Magic Keyboard instead of the doomed butterfly keyboard. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a 13-inch model rocking that old/new keyboard mechanism.

Regardless of whether this report is privy to any insider knowledge, we fully expect Apple to hold this event in the third or fourth week of March.

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