The latest in iPhone 9 news suggests that Apple could be looking to jazz up its latest phone with a slew of new colour options to entice audiences towards the iPhone. If true, it follows news that the iPhone 9 is set to be a more reasonably priced iPhone in the wake of dwindling iPhone X sales, which retails for a steep £999.
If this is the case, you might be able to pick up a rather nice and bright iPhone at a more pocket-friendly price.
According to analyst and serial Apple rumour mill stirrer, Ming-Chi Kuohle, 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.
The lower price point and colour options may lead you to believe this could follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 5C and, therefore, won’t be a top-of-the-range iPhone like the iPhone X of 2018. However, it’s likely the iPhone 9 will be released alongside it, to placate those for whom a £1k smartphone is a little out of budgetary reach (read: most people).
If you’re on the hunt for a new iPhone but don’t want to remortgage your house, then keep your eyes peeled for the imminent arrival of the iPhone 9.
We’ve collated all you need to know about what the iPhone will be called, what it will look like, and how much it will cost. What’s more, we’ll be updating this page as and when more details roll in, so be sure to check back regularly.
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.
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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