Apple's next handset will reportedly be the iPhone 9

Apple's next handset will reportedly be the iPhone 9
Sometime during the first quarter of next year, Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone SE 2. Well, actually the device might be launched under a different name, but we will get back to that in a minute. First, let's talk about the handset. The first iPhone SE was released back in March 2016 in response to those who felt that the six-month-old 4.7-inch iPhone 6s display was too large, or that the iPhone had become too expensive.

So Apple brought back the iPhone 5s design, replaced the A7 SoC with the A9 chipset, doubled the memory to 2GB, and took out the 8MP rear camera replacing it with a 12MP snapper. It also bumped the battery capacity higher by 3.4% to 1624mAh. The original iPhone SE was available with two storage configurations, 16GB ($399) or 64GB ($499). A year later, Apple discontinued those two models and replaced them with the 32GB and 128GB variations for $399 and $499 respectively. The iPhone SE became fairly popular, especially in a market like India; the country is the second-largest smartphone market globally, but per capita income is low. Apple even ended up producing the model in India as a way to sidestep a tariff that would have added $100 to the cost of each unit.

Last year, a hot rumor indicated that Apple was going to release an iPhone SE 2 with a small notched screen, Face ID and the TrueDepth Camera. It essentially was going to look like a mini-version of the iPhone X. But Apple apparently changed its mind and said that it wanted to focus on the full-sized models it had planned for that year. Now it appears that a sequel for the iPhone SE is back in play. Speculation calls for the device to sport the design of 2017's iPhone 8, but it will reportedly be equipped with this year's powerful A13 Bionic chipset. Thus you can expect a 4.7-inch LCD display carrying a 750 x 1334 resolution on the phone. Memory will likely get a 1GB boost to 3GB. The price will possibly start at $399 for a model with 64GB of storage, rising to $499 for a unit carrying 128GB or 256GB of storage. The handset will come with Touch ID and will not support 3D Touch.

One report says that it is likely Apple will brand the iPhone SE sequel the iPhone 9

According to Macotakara, it is likely that the iPhone SE sequel will be branded the iPhone 9 since it looks like the iPhone 8 but with improved specs. TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo originally forecast that Apple would sell between 30 million and 40 million units of the iPhone SE 2 sequel next year, but reduced that estimate to a range between 20 million and 30 million handsets. Color options are believed to be Space Gray, Silver, and Red. And Kuo believes that the iPhone SE 2 design that we saw last year with the notched screen and the thin bezels will resurface early in 2021.

Since the iPhone 9 will be a budget model, it most likely wouldn't offer 5G connectivity; for that, consumers will have to wait for the 2020 flagships that will be announced next September. Those phones could include the iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1 OLED screen, a triple-camera setup, a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor and 5G support. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will have similar specs to the iPhone 12 Pro but will feature a 6.7-inch OLED panel and a larger capacity battery. The iPhone 12 Plus/Max is the sequel to the iPhone 11 which means you should expect a dual-camera setup on the back; instead of an LCD display, this model will come with an OLED screen, and 5G support. And for those who want a smaller phone, the iPhone 12 will carry the same specs as the iPhone 12 Plus/Max but with a smaller 5.4-inch OLED display.

It all sounds unlikely to be sure, but we have to respect the source; Ming-Chi Kuo has been one of the most, if not THE most, accurate Apple analyst. As an example, back in February 2017, seven months before Apple officially announced the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Kuo revealed the screen sizes for all three models. He also called the front-facing camera on the iPhone X (which we still called iPhone 8 at the time) "revolutionary" and knew all about its 3D mapping capabilities. So for now, it is a strong possibility that all of these models are going to be unveiled next year.

Related phones

iPhone 9 (SE 2)
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 1700 mAh



1. Bobo1997

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 05, 2019

I don’t think the iPhone 9/SE2 is gonna be the hit the first one was......the small size is what everyone loved about the original SE. Now if they had stuck with their previous design(original design/size but with bezel-less screen. It would fly out of the stores.

3. DBozz

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Trust me kid, when it comes to apple, the brand is all what it is about for most of the people. I don't think the techees would use this device, but when the price is right below 500 and it has apple logo on it, it will be run out of stock... Coz we have the history of people surprises us whenever we think an iphone is not gonna be a hit. Do u think ppl stopped buying iPhone 7 & 8? :D no not at all

4. rkoforever90

Posts: 490; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

true there are huge demand for old iphone models in ebay and amazon . Iphone 8 and 8s whatever its called , A 400$ iphone with a flagship internals will set sales chart on fire.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1486; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And that's exactly why it won't happen. It would destroy Apple's ASP and cannibalize their iPhone 11 series sales.

7. DBozz

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

No never gonna happen. Apple exactly knows what they are doing. There ares set of ppl who would buy iPhones whatever the price they set. There are set of ppl who would buy only iPhones whom they care about prices. Apple knows these two catogeries wont mixup each other. So the flagships never cannibalized by their own midranges

11. tbreezy

Posts: 253; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

A sale is a sale to Apple Mate. :) They will be giving a Flagship SoC to a small screen iPhone, this is something MANY people want as not everybody wants a 6.5inch phablet, but they do want the performance and longevity.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wait...what LMAOOOO. The 9 should be from 2017.

5. PiXel1225

Posts: 7; Member since: May 24, 2014

"LMAOOOO". OK Millennial.

10. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Will be a trump card. Surprise MFs

12. tbreezy

Posts: 253; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

It’s going to make the Apple Haters sooo mad when the sales are eating further into all the Androids. This thing will finish all those Flagships and the Android OEMs will be scrambling while still having to overpay for that Snapdragon 856 and X55 modem that they HAVE TO buy with the SoC :’D it will be pure chaos at Samsung HQ as usual, they will then throw everything at the wall as usual to try figure out what sticks. 2020 going to be a mess for Android OEMs

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4398; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Soccer moms and tweenagers are going to be sooo happy with their speedy feature phone. Hopefully there's a hundred new emoji to make them happy!

16. JCASS889 unregistered

Why do you care so much about android?

18. wickedwilly

Posts: 778; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Sorry the majority of people do not buy iPhones, the net movement is from IOS to Android, not the other way around. Apple sells a lot of iPhones because it built up a large fanbase in the richer nations, even before the iPhone and grew that when the iPhone was class-leading. Now the growth markets are not these areas and Apple is behind the market, a follower rather than a leader with poor outdated designs (which this would be a good example). Apple keeps a large market due to people being used to IOS and being stuck in its ecosystem, however, those ties are loosening and new users are choosing Android phones. Apple users overpay far more than Android ones and Samsung has its own SOC's. It has been Apple that has been scrambling around trying to stem the fall in iPhone sales and loss of market share and it still is. Copying hardware and software features from Android, buggy software and falling product quality and support are prime examples of this.

19. mackan84

Posts: 700; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

So which brand sells the most $600+ dollar smartphones?

24. wickedwilly

Posts: 778; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Which phone OS on $600+ phones sells the most?

25. mackan84

Posts: 700; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Android? So Google wins when manufacturers fight for scraps on hardware? Sorry don’t know what we’re arguing anymore, which business model is the superior one or what? :)

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4398; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


9. Guseinguliev

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

7,8,10,11,9 learn to read with tim cook.

20. mackan84

Posts: 700; Member since: Feb 13, 2014


21. Vokilam

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 15, 2018


17. Alcyone

Posts: 621; Member since: May 10, 2018

No trade, free iphone 8 on cyber monday already has on the 64gb space grey. I'm sure the 8 will still be usable. And, shouldn't it be updated for another 2-3 yrs? Older and a little slower, but for the $37 in taxes paid, not too bad.

22. joey18

Posts: 693; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

why release this phone so apple killing in self to make money

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