Apple’s next cheaper iPhone is expected to keep a design similar to the iPhone 8. 


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Apple’s cheaper 4.7-inch iPhone has been rumored for months and while coronavirus has added an extra layer of uncertainty on whether it will still come out this spring, images of a new case seem to indicate that it may still be on its way. 

If an image sent to 9to5Mac and MacRumors is to be believed, Best Buy is already receiving cases for a “New iPhone 4.7-inch, 2020.” According to the sites, the case in question from Urban Armor Gear comes with instructions that it should not be sold until this Sunday, April 5. 

Rumored for a while, the new 4.7-inch iPhone may be called the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2. Like the original iPhone SE, it is expected to be cheaper than recent iPhone models like the $700 iPhone 11. It is said to keep a design similar to the iPhone 8, including having a home button, but will have updated internal components to make it more modern than that 2017 phone like an A13 processor. 

Rumors previously had the phone pegged to come out by the end of March for potentially $399 but with just hours remaining in the month, it is unclear if that date will still be hit. 

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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