The latest news around an iPhone 9 release date doesn’t sound too positive as it appears that Apple may be facing delays on one of its three new iPhones.
Of the three new iPhone 9 (or iPhone 11) models Apple is rumoured to be making, the 6.1in LCD model could be slipping past the usual September release date for a new iPhone. The reason – a lack of components being made available due to “backlight leakage” during production.
“We expect Apple to report an in-line June quarter and provide a slightly weaker than consensus September quarter outlook due to a possible October launch of the 6.1in LCD iPhone”, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty explained in her research note on the topic. “We currently see no delay in the ramp of Appl’es upcoming flagship 5.8in or 6.5in OLED iPhones, however suspected issues with LED backlight leakage have caused a one-month delay in mass production of the 6.1in LCD iPhone, although this is down from a six-week delay baked into the original production forecast, according to suppliers.”
Apple has given itself a bit of a contingency plan and, thanks to the iPhone X’s November release compared to its September announcement, Apple has a precedent for slipping one device further back than others. However, this time around it could damage Apple’s fortunes as many users may not want to wait around for a cheaper device and thus the 6.1in LCD iPhone flounders on launch. Alternatively, users won’t want to buy an iPhone 9 or iPhone 11 with an OLED display as they would rather wait it out for the cheaper model later in the year.
iPhone 9: Everything you need to know
iPhone 9: Release date
Given Apple’s fairly reliable release schedule, we’re expecting the iPhone 9 to drop around September 2018. While this is all still speculation as of yet, it’s of the extremely reliable persuasion, given that Apple has rarely deviated from release schedules of yore.
Indeed, the company has, for the past six years, consistently announced and released a new iPhone (or two) at its keynote conference in September.
Using previous iPhone release schedules as a guide, this is how the whole iPhone 9 release cycle should go, give or take a few days:
11 September 2018: Announcement of iPhone 9 at the Apple Autumn keynote
14 September 2018: iPhone 9 is made available for preorder
21 September 2018: iPhone 9 officially goes on sale
It would certainly be an anomaly should this year’s model be a no-show, so we’re banking on some more loot from the company.
iPhone 9: Price
As we mentioned, it’s going to be affordable; this might even be its raison d’être. However, we recommend you take this with a pinch of salt – this is still Apple we’re talking about after all.
The biggest rumour regarding price so far comes from renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who, in a report picked up by MacRumors, suggested that the iPhone 9 will cost around $600 to $700 (that’s £450 to £530), a price point which would make it cheaper than the iPhone 8.
iPhone 9 design and features
Earlier in the month, KGI Securities’ veteran analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, claimed Apple would be completely overhauling its iPhone line-up.
The iPhone 9 is said to be the cheapest of this refreshed line-up. According to Kuo’s report, the iPhone 9 will feature an aluminium construction and a 6.1in LCD screen. A 6.1in display will be a nice little upgrade on the iPhone 8, which only has a 4.7in display.
The report lines up with other rumours suggesting all the iPhones released in 2018 will be nearly bezel-less – similar to the iPhone X.
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This rumour comes largely from the Wall Street Journal,which says that every iPhone released in 2018 will have an all-screen design and yes, a notch. According to the WSJ, Apple is looking into implementing Full Active LCD, a flexible display made by Japanese company Japan Display. Full Active Displays enable phones to have super slim 0.5mm bezels, that’s even thinner than the iPhone X. Sources at Japan Displays told the WSJ that Apple was directly interested in the flexible screens. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 uses a Full Active LCD display if you want to see it in the flesh.
A Bloomberg report also claims the iPhone 9 will get rid of Touch ID and replace it with Face ID, making the iPhone 8 the last iPhone to feature Touch ID.
Kuo additionally says in the research note that the phone will have a typical Retina display with a pixel density of 330PPI.
Kuohle also believes that Apple could be releasing the iPhone 9 in more than just black and silver. In fact, the 6.5in OLED iPhone, slated to be the iPhone 11, will launch in black, white and a new gold colour. The 6.1in LED iPhone, slated as the iPhone 9, will come in grey, white, blue, red and orange.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard rumours like these floating around new iPhone colours, but this rumour suggests something more substantial than the iPhone 5C finishes previous rumours stated.
iPhone 9 camera
Elsewhere, Kuo claims that there won’t be a dual-camera arrangement on the iPhone X. Instead, the iPhone 9 will just have a basic single rear camera like its predecessor.
It’s slightly disappointing to hear, but the only iPhone getting an upgrade is going to be the iPhone 11. According to a report from Economic Daily News (via MacRumours), the iPhone 11 will have a triple-lens rear camera. Taking its lead from Huawei P20 Pro. This makes sense, seeing as the iPhone 11 is expected to cost an arm and a leg.
To compensate, we could see the iPhone 9 adopt a dual-aperture system like the Samsung Galaxy S9, allowing the user to take decent photos in a variety of lighting conditions.
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