There’s early excitement for the iPhone 9, so here’s what we already know about the iPhone 9 release date, specs, features, price and more.
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 8 S. Apple has previously used the ‘S’ suffix to denote incremental updates to existing iPhone models, and that’s something 2018 could certainly offer.
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.
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 O L E D panels become cheaper for Apple to purchase, they become a much more compelling option for new iPhone models.
It’s also worth remembering that it’s increasingly difficult to improve smartphones, given that most flagships are generally seen as being good enough for the vast majority of users. Upping the display ante would be a simple iterative improvement.
However, a report in September 2017 from the W S J noted that Apple had expressed an interest in buying a large number of LCD displays from Japan Display – which will make up 70% of the company’s display orders for the next wave of i Phones due in September next year. That could mean O L E D may still be reserved for a premium edition iPhone only.
Apple supposedly had plans for three different screen sizes in 2081: 5.28 inches, 5.85 inches, and 6.46 inches. However, the latest rumor is that the 5.3-inch model has been culled from Apple’s road map, 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.
With iPhone X, Apple deleted the Home button and Touch ID along with it. Instead, we got Face ID. It’s always possible Apple will bring Touch ID back, implementing it below the O L E D display.
Here again, Apple can do anything the company wants, any time the company wants, including introducing new colors at any time.
Apple Watch Series 2 being released in white ceramics sent the internet atwitter with thoughts of iPhone 9 being made out of the same material. Tougher than stainless steel, it still remains to be seen if it would hold up in a device as big as an iPhone or iPhone Plus.
Since Apple introduced the company’s first branded system-on-a-chip in 2010, every new iPhone has come with a new A-series chip set. If Apple sticks to that pattern, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will ship with Apple A 11 processors. New So C typically take advantage of better processes that let them be faster and more powerful but also more energy efficient.
Apple has also been adding co processors to handle motion voice activation, fusion cores, and neural engines. A 12 will continue to push Apple silicon forward. That includes a second generation custom GPU as well.
Apple typically introduces a technology in one device and then rolls it out across the lineup. Retina was like that with iPhone 4 and Touch ID with iPhone 5 s. The Smart Connector, which debuted with the iPad Pro in the fall of 2015, attaches via a magnet and runs power, data, and ground directly from the device. It currently powers Apple’s Smart Keyboard and a similar keyboard from Logitech, with more expected to follow.
Apple could certainly engineer a Smart Connector for iPhone 9, but what it would be used for is a more interesting question. Apple made a smaller Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but would the company make an even smaller one for iPhone 8 Plus? For iPhone 8 standard?
iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPad X are water resistant but not waterproof. Rated IP 67, they can survive accidental splashes, dunks, and floods, but isn’t rated as highly as some competing phones from Samsung and others.
Although swimming with an iPhone may not be on everyone’s wish-list, those whose jobs or pastimes expose them to the elements, and even those who want to do underwater photography at shallow depths would be thrilled by IP 68.
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