There’s been a lot of back and forth on the iPhone 9 release date, and that’s all because this year isn’t what we expected it to be when it comes to product launches. The novel coronavirus outbreak shut down most of the world, as social distancing seems to be the only way to limit the pathogen’s spread. Apple stores remain closed around the world except for China, like all other non-essential businesses. That makes any product launch a lot difficult for the iPhone maker, especially a new iPhone like the affordable iPhone 9. But it now looks like the iPhone 9 is ready to ship.