What’s more amazing is the news that Apple will be releasing a less expensive iPhone this year 2020, a role which the good old iPhone SE filled back then. While this is not an official statement from the company, this new device might be called the iPhone 9; a name which we thought Apple ditched or reserved back in 2017 since the release of the iPhone X (10).
After the release of the iPhone 8 and then the iPhone X back in 2017, the naming sort of changed especially with people attributing the iPhone XR to being the iPhone 9 because it’s like the bridge inbetween the premium iPhones XS and XS Max and then the old iPhone 8 and 8Plus.
Meanwhile the iPhone SE 2 or maybe iPhone 9 as once covered in the past is said to share the same looks with the iPhone 8 which means we’re going to be seeing the good old TouchID, a smaller 4.7-Inches LCD display and then then A13 Bionic chip which can be found on the high end iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.
Based on design renders shown by @OnLeaks, the rumored smartphone has a frosted glass back as well as the Apple logo at the center of the device which showcase the new Apple logo placement since 2019.
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The reinvention of the old design of the iPhone will be interesting to some but probably not everyone will take it too well considering the fact that smartphones seems to have moved far beyond the old form-factor which includes large bezels at the top and bottom of smartphones. But we’re left to wonder if Apple could reinvent the wheels and surprising us during the WWDC 2020 later on this year.
Another interesting story was from 9to5Mac which cited a Japanese site called Mac Otakara saying that Apple be developing the iPhone 8-sized model just with slightly slimmer bezels along with the Face ID technology which would exist along with the iPhone 9.
Since this is an iPhone 8 inspired smartphone, it’s highly likely that the camera setup will be a single camera with specs such as 12 Megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture lens.
While we know portrait mode with a single lens is technically possible for Apple thanks to what we’ve seen on the iPhone XR, we haven’t heard anything specific about the software side of the camera just yet.
As for color variant, there is likely going to be a red color model meanwhile there will likely not be a 3D Touch on the iPhone 9.
Elsewhere, you can expect a 3GB of RAM to power up the device while also having internal storage option between 64 and 128GB.
How much will the iPhone 9 cost?
Based on reports and analysis especially from a reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo , the iPhone 9 might cost about $399 for the base storage model which to me is an okay price point.
The time the device will be announced is yet unknown meanwhile we can expect it to be announced by spring which brings it close to March. While that is a great time considering the fact that other companies such as Samsung and Huawei would have released some of their flagships as well by then. This is the time for Apple to shine as well in the competitive market.