iPhone 9: Price, release date, and the biggest leaks so far
The iPhone 11 range launched in September 2019, and usually we’d expect no new phones from the brand until a full year has passed. But some rumours have heralded a new model, set to be launched in early 2020, that’s either to be named the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2. Expected to be a much more affordable entry in Apple’s range, here’s all we know about the as-yet unnamed device so far.
iPhone 9 Release Date
The iPhone 9 was expected to launch on March 31. However, the scheduled Apple March Event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, with Cult of Mac reporting that the iPhone 9 has been “delayed indefinitely” due to production delays.
This device wasn’t the only one affected by the postponed event; we were also anticipating the unveiling of a new iPad Pro, AirTags, and the iOS 13.4 software update. We’ll be looking out for updates as the situation develops.
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iPhone 9 Price
The iPhone 11 was the lowest priced model of the new range, coming in at £729 ($699), and we expect the iPhone 9 undercut this and immediately arrive as the cheapest choice of new iPhone.
In October 2019, a report from TF Securities claimed that the price would be $399 (~£320). We do hope that this initial prediction proves to be correct, but for now we’ll maintain a healthy scepticism about such a low price for a brand-new Apple product, especially considering that even today a new iPhone 8 officially retails for $449 (£479).
iPhone 9 Design and Display
According to Nikkei, the iPhone 9 will have a very familiar design. That’s because it will reportedly feature the same casing as the iPhone 8 (first released in September 2017), only this time updated with specifications befitting a brand new smartphone in 2020.
The distinctive design of the iPhone 8 features thick bezels at the top and bottom of the phone, along with a home button featuring integrated Touch ID for faster log-in. Even at its own launch party it looked outmoded in comparison to the iPhone X, which introduced minimal bezels along with the compromise of a screen notch, but as long as the iPhone 9 delivers a good performance then it’s a sure bet to win Apple fans’ hearts.
The screen measures just 4.7-inches, making it rather small by today’s standards – but in a world dominated by large-screen phones this might in fact come as a panacea to people who have a preference for portability.
iPhone 9 Colours
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the iPhone 9 is set to be available in just three different shades: red, silver and space grey.
In comparison to the six vibrant shades offered by the iPhone 11, we couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed of this rumour proves to be true. The iPhone 9 will surely be relatively cheap, but a range of bright colours would help to make it cheerful too.
iPhone 9 Camera
A purported picture of the device has emerged on SlashLeaks, claiming to reveal the phone’s shiny rear panel replete with a new-look camera.
There’s not much to go on here, but the blurry, candid image suggests that the camera sensor might be larger than the one on the original iPhone 8, and so it’s likely to boast a greater resolution.
Although Android phones at a similar price point often boast multiple different cameras, it can’t be too much of a surprise that the iPhone 9 is set to just have one, especially when you consider that as recently as last year Apple released the top-selling iPhone XR with just one sensor.
iPhone 9 specs and features
Although the design itself is just expected to resurrect a previous model rather than introduce an all-new look, the iPhone 9’s internals are expected to brought bang up to date with the other phones in the series.
For starters, it’s expected to house the A13 Bionic chip which is present in all the new iPhones right up to the top-spec iPhone 11 Pro Max – and it’s one of the best pieces of silicon on the market, so you certainly won’t be wanting for power. On top of that we expect the incremental specs improvements since the iPhone 8 came out in 2017, including a possible RAM upgrade to 3GB or 4GB rather than 2GB.
A report from 9t05 Mac, an examination of the code of the upcoming iOS 14 mobile operating system, has a couple of new features for the iPhone 9. Firstly it confirmed the existence of Touch ID, as we expected given the similarity to the iPhone 8, and secondly it revealed that the device will support Express Transit, the payment system that allows you to pay for public transport. This tech is has been present on the iPhone 6s and onwards, so it’s been speculated that the iPhone 9 will be marketed towards iPhone 6 users looking for an upgrade.
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