Let this week's headlines keep you company and give you a tinge of optimism as you enter the weekend — especially amidst everything that's happening, of course. We've got news on Apple's more affordable iPhone 9 release. There are also deets on Kim Kardashian's latest SKIMS collection. Plus, the scoop on COMME des GARÇONS PLAY x Converse Chuck 70's newest colours and Lady Gaga's latest album. All these, dropping in hot, in this week's Insider Roundup.
Is Apple's more affordable iPhone 9 launching sooner than we think?
In a tweet posted by Apple analyst Jon Prosser, news of the tech giant's latest iPhone release is said to hit mid-April. The iPhone 9, which is Apple's first-ever 'mid-range' release since the iPhone XR, initially made headlines for being the most affordable Apple release to date, with the projected price of USD399. This is said to be Apple's only gadget release for the year, with the postponement of the iPhone 12 to 2021 given the current health climate. However, Prosser notes that iPhone 9's mid-April release is still speculative at this point, considering the rising cases affected by the global pandemic. For tech fans out there, what are your thoughts on this?
SKIMS releases Smooth Essentials collection
Speaking of new releases, here's something that's already confirmed and ready for adding to the cart: SKIMS' latest Smooth Essentials collection. Launched last 8 April, this newest collection from Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand promises "bonded and laser-cut hems" that give that invisible and seamless feel underneath your clothing. The collection comes in five shades, a wide size range covering XXS to 4X, and includes three types of underwear and a tank top. Caught your fancy? Check it out here.
COMME des GARÇONS PLAY x Converse's Chuck 70 collab gets an three new colours
Next up, these two fashion brands add funk and spunk to their Chuck 70 high-and-low top collaboration. Released last 2 April, this sneaker collection, which initially came in classic black and white varieties, now comes in pistachio green, peony pink and baby blue that's ready to add some sizzle to your outfits. All colourways are, of course, paired with CdG's signature heart on one side and Converse's logo on the other. Which colour would make it into your shopping bag?
Lady Gaga teases new album cover art
Moving on from fashion to entertainment, Lady Gaga's new album gets a cover art tease. Following the recent release of her newest single Stupid Love, the 11-time Grammy award winner gives her fans a peek at her upcoming album titled Chromatica via Instagram. The visuals are serving us signature Gaga with its eccentric steampunk vibes and sci-fi-like aesthetic. The hype for the album art compensates for the postponement of the album's release since Gaga announced that she has decided to move its launch to a later date in light of the current COVID-19 situation. Now, we don't know about you, but we'll be watching like a hawk for updates on this one!
Missed last Monday's news? We rounded them up here.