iPhone 9: All you need to know about the next iPhone (2018)

Apple is a famously secretive company, but no company can entirely prevent details of its products leaking ahead of time, especially not when people are as interested in it as people are in upcoming iPhones.

However, with none of these details yet to be confirmed, there’s every chance Apple might pull a complete surprise out of the bag. We’ll just have to wait and see for what it has in store.

 

iPhone 9 Release Date: When will it come out?

Apple has a long and consistent history of iPhone releases, which makes predicting the launch date for a new iPhone a straightforward task. With that in mind, we expect Apple to announce the iPhone 9 on September 11 or September 12, with it hitting the shelves worldwide on September 21.

Here’s how we worked that out:

  • iPhone 5 – Announced: Wednesday, September 12 | Released: Friday, September 21
  • iPhone 5s – Announced: Tuesday, September 10 | Released: Friday, September 20
  • iPhone 6 – Announced: Tuesday, September 9 | Released: Friday, September 19
  • iPhone 6s – Announced: Wednesday, September 9 | Released: Friday, September 25
  • iPhone 7 – Announced: Wednesday, September 7 | Released: Friday, September 16
  • iPhone 8 – Announced: Tuesday, September 12 | Released: Friday, September 22

So what does that tell us? Firstly, Apple tends to make its annual iPhone announcement in early-September, and always on a Tuesday or Wednesday. And secondly, Apple usually launches a device for retail on a Friday in mid-September, leaving a narrow window for the unveiling.

That’s why we estimate the following dates:

  • Reveal: Tuesday, September 11 or Wednesday, September 12
  • Release: Friday, September 21

There is, of course, a chance that Apple could throw us a curveball and completely switch up its schedule, but the firm recently registered a fleet of new iPhones – A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105, and A2106 – running iOS 12, hinting that the release is right around the corner.

iPhone 9 Price: How much will the new iPhone cost?

We don’t know the exact price of the iPhone 9, but you can bet your bottom dollar it will set you back a pretty penny. After all, the iPhone 8 saw the base cost of an iPhone rise to an eye-watering £699, which is loftier than the £599 Huawei P20 – and far beyond the £449

Given the temperamental state of the Great British Pound (GBP), it’s highly likely that the iPhone 9 will be at least as expensive as the iPhone 8 – in the United Kingdom, at least. If we were to place a bet, we’d say £699 is still the likeliest price tag, but expect something between £679 and £749.

Reliable leaker Ming-Chi Kuo  however, and has suggested that the new phones could come out at a price between $600 and $700, or between approximately £456 and £532.

Alternatively, if the iPhone 9 does turn out to be an iPhone X sequel, as some far-fetched rumours would have you believe, we could be looking at something far closer to a price tag of between £899 and £1099. Some have even predicted that it could rise as high as £1150 for the base model.

iPhone 9 Design and Specs: What does it look like, and is it powerful?

There’s no clear-cut answer to those questions. Much of what we’ve heard to date came in the form of dubious rumours, with little, if any, evidence to back them up. With that in mind, we’d recommend taking all the following information with a considerable pinch of your preferred seasoning.

Three different models

The most consistent rumour we’re hearing about Apple’s 2018 iPhone plans is that it will feature three handsets in total. Two of them will sport OLED screens (one 5.8-inch and one 6.5-inch), while a cheaper model 6.1-inch model will be equipped with an LCD screen.

Most interesting is the fact that all three look set to be equipped with an iPhone X-style edge-to-edge display complete with display notch.

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