I was a little astonished to receive an email from a small iPhone case manufacturer sharing details of its new case for the iPhone 9 today, and now it looks like this isn’t an exception, but a wave – is Apple about to introduce the device?

Apple’s March announcement?

The Apple rumor websites are packed with reported iPhone 9 case sightings. 9to5Mac tells us cases for the device are arriving at retailers (including Best Buy) with “an April 5 merchandising date”.

Apple is thought to have ordered manufacturing of 30 million of the devices in January. It had been expected to introduce new iPad Pros, Macs and an iPhone 9 at a special event in March 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant a big public event didn’t happen.

Speculation claimed it may delay introduction of the new iPhone devices. Apple did introduce a new MacBook Air and iPad Pro last week.

The presence of cases for the device in the supply chain makes it plausible to believe the iPhone 9 launch is imminent, possibly shipping from April 5.

This makes it likely we’ll more about the product during the week, most likely via an Apple press release published one morning from Cupertino.

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