Monday, September 25, 2017
iPhone 9 release date, specs, features, price
While there’s very little in the way of definitive leaks thus far, it’s still easy enough to guess at what’ll be coming.
We all benefit from the fact that Apple has a long and consistent history of iPhone releases. That makes it very easy to predict the next iPhone launch dates.
Apple tends to make its annual iPhone announcement early in September, and always on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Secondly, Apple typically launches a device for retail on a Friday in mid-September.
Estimated iPhone 9 release date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Of course, Apple could throw us a curveball and completely switch up its usual schedule, but we’d be very surprised. Logistically, it’s easier for Apple to stick to a roughly exact one-year cycle, as it keeps investors, suppliers, and all other stakeholders largely happy.
New iPhone 2018 Name: What will the next iPhone be called?
As you’re probably aware, there’s no guarantee that the next iPhone will be called iPhone 9. In fact, there’s a good chance it won’t be.
Still, we’re keeping iPhone 9 in the running because it’s the obvious naming successor to the new iPhone 8.
The main problem is that Apple also used 2017 to announce the iPhone X. The issue is that the X stands for the number 10 – it’s a Roman numeral. That means trying to flog an iPhone 9 could be seen by consumers as a step backwards, which is something Apple may be keen to avoid.
Alternatively, the device could be called iPhone 8S. Apple has previously used the ‘S’ suffix to denote incremental updates to existing iPhone models, and that’s something 2018 could certainly offer.
We could all see the device named as some variation on the iPhone X. Perhaps we’ll get an iPhone X2, iPhone XS, or iPhone XI.
What we think is most likely is Apple simply ditching numbers altogether, like we saw with the iPad 2 – which was simply dubbed ‘the new iPad’. Scrapping numbers and instead denoting new iPhone models by the release year would be an easy way to tidy up iPhone branding, and possibly reduce consumer confusion in the process.
So, here’s a re-cap of possible new iPhone names:
iPhone 9 Specs and Features
Super Retina Display: One of the big changes that the iPhone X introduced was the Super Retina display. This is a 5.8-inch OLED display with a generous 2436 x 1125-pixel display resolution.
We’re very much hoping that we’ll see a trickle-down effect that results in the iPhone 9 getting a similarly impressive display in 2018. For a start, as OLED panels become cheaper for Apple to purchase, they become a much more compelling option for new iPhone models.
Apple supposedly had plans for three different screen sizes in 2081: 5.28 inches, 5.85 inches, and 6.46 inches. However, the latest rumour is that the 5.3-inch model has been culled from Apple’s roadmap, leaving us with two larger handsets instead.
It’s also possible that we could see the same all-screen front that the iPhone X featured, including the small display notch at the top of the handset that houses sensor and camera components.
iPhone 9 Price
We don’t know the exact iPhone 9 price, but you can be sure it’ll cost a hefty fee.
The iPhone 8 saw the base cost of an iPhone rise to an eye-watering £699, which is even loftier than the £689 Samsung Galaxy S8 – and far beyond the £719 Samsung S8 Plus.
Given the dodgy state of the UK currency, it’s highly likely that the iPhone 9 will be at least as expensive as the iPhone 8. If we were to place a bet, we’d say £699 is still the likeliest price tag, but expect something between £679 and £749.
Alternatively, if the iPhone 9 does turn out to be an iPhone X sequel, we could be looking at something far closer to a price tag of between £899 and £1,099.
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