Unsurprisingly, Apple will not be holding its rumored event later in March due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
First, they had their supplies affected for their latest iPhones. Then, they informed their staff of supply shortages for replacement units. Now, like many other tech companies, they can’t hold their event to showcase new products, either.
Earlier this month, Apple also pulled out of the South by Southwest (SXSW) event, joining the likes of Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Amazon. They were to premiere a documentary for Apple TV+ by Spike Jonze, titled Beastie Boys Story, as well as screenings of animated musical series Central Park.
While it was never officially announced, Apple was long rumored to hold an event in March to introduce its next affordable iPhone iteration and a possible update to the iPad Pro line.
Jon Prosser, the man behind Front Page Tech, also tweeted the event won’t be happening and cited a source within Apple. He did, however, mention whatever products were to be unveiled will be announced and released anyway.
Keep in mind – products will still be announced / released either way.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) March 8, 2020
While having an event is usually preferable (especially for new products), in these rare circumstances, Apple can always announce their products through press releases and update their website accordingly. They’ve done this before with several products, with the most recent being the 16″ MacBook Pro.
But this is an iPhone, though, so I’m not sure how they will handle releasing that without an event. It might not even be announced/ released anytime soon due to possible production issues, which again is due to COVID-19.
This certainly puts into question whether Apple will be able to hold their yearly WWDC that will be held in June. It’s hard to tell now, as it all depends on the situation with the current coronavirus outbreak.