Although Apple’s iPhones have been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, the company is still set to launch new iPads and a new entry-level iPhone, according to snippets of information found in the company’s operating system.
As 9to5Mac reports, iOS 14 code suggests Apple is working on both an iPhone 9 (which had been found earlier this year) and an iPhone 9 Plus to replace the 8 and 8 Plus models. The smaller entry-level iPhone will reportedly have a 4.7-inch LCD screen and a home button with Touch ID, while the larger phone will have a 5.5-inch display.
Both phones, it’s expected, will have the Express Transit feature, which is enabled in more recent phones in order to make traveling on the subway or London Underground faster, as well as the ability to make NFC connections without having to open a separate application. Previously, this feature was only available on the 11, XR, and XS models, not the iPhone X and iPhone 8 ranges.
On the iPad front, Apple is prepping new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, according to information leaked on the Chinese version of Apple’s website, according to a Canadian blog. The data has since been removed.
When will we see these new devices, and maybe a new MacBook Pro with a 14.1-inch display? Apple has shut down its Apple Stores outside China for the foreseeable future, while factory shutdowns in China have hurt global supply chains. Apple was rumored to be hosting a March event to show off new iPhones and iPads, but that is now off the table as California has banned large gatherings.