Apple cancels rumored March event due to iPhone 9 delays and coronavirus

Tim Cook at the iPhone 11 Pro event
Tim Cook at the iPhone 11 Pro event (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has canceled its rumored March event.
  • A successor to the iPhone SE and new iPad Pro were expected to be unveiled.
  • Coronavirus concerns and production delays played roles in the decision.

Apple's rumored March event, in which the company was expected to unveil a successor to the iPhone SE and new iPad Pro, has apparently been delayed indefinitely.

Reported by Cult of Mac, a source familiar with the matter says that Apple grew "concerned" about the event after continued delays in production on the products that were supposed to be unveiled at that time.

Apple has been long rumored to release a successor to the beloved iPhone SE and a new iPad Pro, but impacts on the company's supply chain due to the spread of coronavirus have pushed back both product's release. The source who spoke to Cult of Mac said that the reason for postponing the event, at least from a product standpoint, was self-evident.

"Why have an event when the products aren't ready? It's a pretty simple decision."

Product delays weren't the only reason to cancel the event, however. Executives at the company also expressed concerns around hosting a major event at the company's headquarters soon after Santa Clara Valley, where Apple Park is located, asked companies to cancel events or hold large gatherings.

Executives were worried that it would be impossible to maintain the amount of 'social distancing' recommended by the Department of Health at the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple's venue for hosting its product announcements.

The source said that, while Apple has put together a new schedule for its events and product releases, the timeline is not "written in stone" and could change from "one day to the next".

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.