iPhones are luxury products and not affordable to regular smartphone buyers, what most people used to say. But, boy oh boy, did Apple release the low-budget iPhone SE back in March of 2016, the statements were revised “iPhones are for everyone”, or at least it seemed for a while. But since its launch in ’16, Apple has still been holding back to introduce another new low-budget iPhone, a kind of successor to iPhone SE. However, this is about to change soon with the next iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2.
iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2, what’s in the name?
Well, it’s Apple, and being Apple, you have the privilege to name your device anything! Just look at the current flagship, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max. With said that, it would be no wonder if Apple goes for any of the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2 naming. However, as per speculations, it feels the next low-cost iPhone will be hovering around $450 price and that puts it as the direct successor to the iPhone 8, hence, could be the iPhone 9 ultimately. Not to forget the fact, Apple jumped the number line and skipped the “9” when it chose to release iPhone X after iPhone 8.
iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2: Design and Display
As aforementioned, iPhone 9 is likely to be a successor to the iPhone 8 rather than iPhone SE, the design and aesthetics are rumored to be influenced by iPhone 8. That brings, to a little larger than 4-inch display — possibly a 4.7-inch on the iPhone 9. And for a 5-inch-ish display, an FHD+ resolution screen wouldn’t be something to complain about.
As for the form factor, Apple might adopt the iPhone 8-like notch-free larger forehead, larger chin with a physical home button, larger bezels, and thick in dimension. That means we won’t be seeing 3D FaceID tech but an old-school fingerprint scanner on the home button.
Apple iPhone 9 Camera, Performance, and Hardware
Just because iPhone 9 will be iPhone 8 alike in terms of design and display, that doesn’t imply the hardware and specs will follow the same. In fact, Apple will include the latest and best A13 Bionic chipset — the same processor powers the current iPhone 11 Series including iPhone 11 Pro Max. Though Apple never discloses the RAM on iPhones, the report suggested the iPhone 11 Series featured 4GB RAM, so, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple goes for 2GB or 3GB of RAM on the iPhone 9.
And as for the software and the battery, the iPhone 9 will offer iOS 13 experience out of the box and probably, 2,000mAh of juice under the hood.
The cameras won’t be any sort of exciting if speculations are to be believed. The iPhone 9 is likely to sport a 12MP rear shooter and 7MP selfie camera on the fascia.
However, some reports have suggested, the iPhone 9 might include Apple’s newest wide-camera from the iPhone 11, Smart HDR, QuickVideo, 4K at 60FPS dynamic range video recording, and even Night Mode. Well, that’s some bold conjectures.
Some other features that the iPhone 9 will be missing could be a 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless charging, certified IP-rating, dual SIM and animojis.
iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2 Release Date: When is it coming out?
Nothing sort of an official announcement but as we eagerly wait for the upcoming iPhone 9, recently a German website iPhone-Ticker shared a report stating the device could release as early as next March 31st and go on sale for April 3rd.
To this take report into account, this does kind of makes sense. Apple usually holds its events on Tuesday and releases devices in stores on Friday, and guess what, March 31 (expected event date) is a Tuesday, and April 3 (expected sale date) is a Friday. Moreover, the last low-cost iPhone SE was launched on March 31 as well. So, there you go!
Apple iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2 Price
The upcoming iPhone 9 (iPhone SE 2) is an entry-level, easy-on-pocket iPhone for someone who is still on iPhone 8 (or iPhone SE) and looking to upgrade to a newer iPhone but can’t afford $1000 flagship iPhones.
This brings to the conclusion, the iPhone 9 will cost around $399 (similar to iPhone SE launch price) for the base model and maybe, $449 (similar iPhone 8 current price) for the 128GB variant. Nonetheless, in no scenarios, the iPhone 9 price would jump higher than the $500 mark.
Apple iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2 Price & Specs (Rumored)
|Release Date||March 31, 2020|
|Display||4.7 inch, FHD+|
|Chipset||Apple A13 Bionic|
|RAM||2 or 3GB|
|Memory||64GB and 128GB variants|
|Misc||Touch ID (no Face ID), no notch|
|Apple iPhone 9 Price||Starting $399|
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