Apple's iPhone 9 leaks in all its iPhone 8-inspired glory

Apple's iPhone 9 leaks in all its iPhone 8-inspired glory
Although Apple killed the 2018-released iPhone XS and XS Max, as well as the ancient iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, on the heels of the iPhone 11 family announcement a few months ago, "iFans" can still purchase a record number of different handset models directly from the Cupertino-based tech giant in the US.

In addition to the hot new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and XR are still around, but that's likely to change soon with the introduction of the "missing" iPhone 9. Previously known as the iPhone SE 2 in the rumor mill, this is widely expected to borrow heavily from 2017's smaller iPhone 8 variant, which probably means another lineup overhaul is right around the corner.

Interestingly enough, it's unclear if an iPhone 9 Plus is also coming soon, so it remains to be seen if the 4.7-inch iPhone 9 will replace both the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus or just the former variant. Keep in mind that the iPhone 9 name is not etched in stone yet, while the screen size and general design language are practically confirmed by the latest high-quality factory CAD-based renders published by iGeeksBlog in collaboration with serial leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka Steve H.McFly, aka @OnLeaks.

A familiar design with a modern twist


While there's obviously no such thing as an infallible leaker or rumormonger, all recent signs point to the accuracy of these renders revealing a fairly compact new iPhone with massive screen bezels and a revived fingerprint scanner. We're not talking about a modernized biometric recognition method, mind you, but the same old Touch ID button mounted below the 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel that plenty of people, Donald Trump included, seem to be nostalgic for.

That means there will be no fancy 3D Face ID technology integrated into the no-notch iPhone 9, which is nonetheless tipped to mimic the frosted (aka matte) glass back of the iPhone 11 Pro instead of going with a glossy, shiny rear cover like the iPhone 8. 

Apple is unlikely to change much else about the iPhone 8 on the surface of the fast-approaching iPhone 9, with the two's overall dimensions fitting almost perfectly. You're looking at a 2020 handset expected to measure 138.5mm in height and 67.4mm in width, which is obviously not as compact as the 123.8 x 58.6mm iPhone SE sporting a tiny 4-inch screen. But it's definitely small by "modern" standards.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 9 might bump up the thickness of its 4.7-inch predecessor from 7.3 to 7.8mm, going all the way up to 8.6mm when also taking the camera bump into consideration.


Major camera and processor upgrades in the pipeline


Yes, the iPhone 9 will come with a single rear-facing shooter, but its imaging sensor looks a lot bigger and thicker than the one mounted on the back of the iPhone 8, and we're pretty certain that means the camera performance and versatility will be vastly improved.


The same goes for the raw system speed enabled by Apple's state-of-the-art A13 Bionic SoC, which the iPhone 9 will borrow straight from the iPhone 11 lineup, delivering a massive upgrade from the A11 performance of the iPhone 8. Pretty much all the other specifications remain under wraps, but it's probably safe to assume that profile increase will come with a healthy battery size boost as well.

Price and release date expectations


Apple doesn't always unveil new handsets in the spring, but when that happens, both the formal announcement and commercial rollout go down in March. That's probably what will happen this year, and there's a very good chance the iPhone 9 will see daylight alongside a refreshed iPad Pro duo with a triple rear camera system on deck.

Believe it or not, the iPhone 9 is rumored to cost 50 bucks less than what the iPhone 8 fetches right now. Namely, $399 in an entry-level 64GB storage variant. Curiously enough, the 128 gig configuration could match the same iPhone 8 model at a recommended price of $499. But with an upgraded camera and processor, we're fairly certain Apple would be able to find an audience at a starting price of 450 or even 500 bucks.

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47 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1293; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

iPhone 4 design with that amazing 3.5in screen will make a come back soon.

4. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 408; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Now that I wouldn't mind

43. Homel

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

Size - YES !!!!! Design 11 Pro will be better !!! ;)

51. erizuna

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2020

I definitely 100% would buy if they make it

2. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It will easily sell more than 45 million units. Even if Apple charges about $500 in USA and $800 in other areas like Latin America , Southeast Asia and Australia.

3. wickedwilly

Posts: 774; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Wow Apple at its innovative best.........

21. LEEDAQ

Posts: 213; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

End of the day the majority of people just need a simple phone at a reasonable price, Not an overpriced gimmick.

32. wickedwilly

Posts: 774; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

A lot of people do want a smaller phone, so Apple should design a new smaller phone, not rehash a phone that was already years out-of-date when it was launched. Hence my sarcasm.

33. cevon3239

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Exactly. Which is why the majority of the phones you mentioned, run Android, because as you stated "the majority of people. Eed a simple phone at a reasonable price. Not an o erpricee gimmick."

22. Bobo1997

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 05, 2019

Many people want small phones, that was made the SE such a hit. I don’t live on my phone, I have a iPad Pro & a MacBook for that. I was hoping for an iPhone 5s/SE size with a full screen.

50. Homel

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

like! like! like! ))

52. erizuna

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2020

Lately, Apple seems starting to hear what their fans like, right? So we will see soon what's next

42. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

LOL very funny.

5. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Wasted opportunity. Those thick bezels are a thing of the past now, it will only sell if the price is really low, like $299 or so.

7. joshuaswingle

Posts: 746; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Regular consumers don’t care about the bezels. This thing will sell like hotcakes

20. androiduser

Posts: 556; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

They could reduce bezels and increase display size to 5", I as a llifelong Android user would've considered buying it then. 4.7 is too small.

9. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Iphone 8 and 8+ sold much more than X.

27. cevon3239

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Yeah...because they were cheaper. The XR sold more than the X too, for the exact same reason. Android phones sales show 70% of the sales are lower costing options and not the premium models. Same for cars, homes and clothes. Who would have thought cheaper things sell in higher quantities than more expensive things.

13. inFla

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Every time I accidentally turn on Google Assistant on my phone with it's thin bezels, I wish they were thicker.

6. michaelny2001

Posts: 355; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

wow, who's the lazy designer? i don't see any modern twist look wise. components, sure, but nothing else. looks like a glorified 3GS.

8. banglazbless

Posts: 140; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Left over parts repackaged trash!

14. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1863; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

LOL!!!

10. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Need to make 9+ too ...

11. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

If it uses a bigger sensor it has to fit behind the screen. That means thicker bump which is probably filled in by a thicker phone. Removing of 3D touch and 0,5 mm thicker and A13 bionic probably means something like 9-10Wh battery and 8 Plus to XR battery life. Better battery and camera. Two most important things my iPhone 7 lacks compared to something cheap like XR, but in the same form factor. I don’t mind thicker if they keep the formfactor the same. The thumb rules the small screen ! Give it to me already !

15. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Same 12MP 1/2.6" as iphone 11. Imx503. I doubt this phone will have more than 2200 mAh. It is 4,7" HD screen.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 2002; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I do prefer the fingerprint scanner over the face ID, but would rather have the sensor on the back, so the top and bottom bezels are a little smaller.

16. Vokilam

Posts: 1442; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Come on... Apple let it die already.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Judt why Apple?

29. cevon3239

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Paying for a name. Right up there with Nike and many other brands that make stuff at a cheap price and sell it at a 1000% markup. Intel is master of this game charging $1000 for a CPU that literally cost $50 or less to make. All these companies are getting over. Some just more than others. Car companies keep a car design for 3-5 years, because it talks time and millions of dollars to redesign a car. It doesn't cost millions to redesign a phone, or only make subtle cosmetic changes to it.

18. foldablephone

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

My 3 year old iPhone 7 design will look fashionable again

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