If reports are true, it seems that Apple’s recent legal run-in is affecting its product announcement schedule. According to a report in Tech Times, Apple has reportedly decided to push back its announcement of the 4-inch iPhone 5se to a week later, as the company is currently embroiled in an FBI investigation. Earlier reports said that Apple was scheduled to launch the device on March 15. Recent reports now point to March 22 as the new reveal date.
Incidentally, March 22 is also the same date that the FBI hearing on the case will be held in Riverside, California. The case involves an iPhone that is owned by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino incident, which the FBI is investigating. According to the report, the FBI has requested Apple to bypass the said device’s security measures in order to access it. A federal court has even ordered the company to comply, but Apple has refused to do so, citing that it would set a legal precedent that would be bad for the rest of Apple users.
The report cited its source as the South Korean website UnderKG, which claims that the iPhone 5se reveal has been pushed back to March 22. If it does push through on the 22nd, the new device may rollout by March 25. The iPhone 5se was earlier rumored to be unveiled at a March 15 event, together with a new iPad and new bands for the Apple Watch.
Earlier reports about the device point to an iPhone that has a smaller display but has the same, if not better, internals as the iPhone 6. It is rumored to have an A9 processor, like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and will provide support for Apple Pay.
Together with the iPhone 5se, a new 9.7-inch iPad is also rumored to be announced, which will have support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.