Apple orders bucketloads of iPhone 9 units as device enters trial production

Apple orders bucketloads of iPhone 9 units as device enters trial production
iPhone 9 CAD-based render

The iPhone 9 is now less than two months away and Apple has reportedly taken a big step towards starting mass production and ensuring there’s enough stock to meet the anticipated demand. 

Apple has ordered 30 million iPhone 9 units


Citing reliable sources within the supply chain, MyDrivers is today claiming Apple has finally started trial production of the highly anticipated iPhone 9. This process will be used to iron out any issues and ensure assembly lines are running smoothly.

If everything goes to plan and there are no major problems, Apple should start full mass production in mid-February. This will give the company around six weeks to build up a large level of stock ahead of the smartphone’s official introduction in March.

Apple has reportedly ordered an early batch of 30 million units of the iPhone 9. Of course, as CEO Tim Cook admitted during Apple's most recent earnings call, the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has the potential to impact production in China, which means some units could be delayed by a few weeks. 

On the bright side, the phone’s debut has the potential to provide a strong boost to Apple’s financial results in the second quarter of 2020. MyDrivers believes it will also push total iPhone shipments for the year above 200 million units.

Last year, the company narrowly missed the sales milestone with shipments of 196.2 million units between January and December 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.

The iPhone 9 will be accompanied by the 2020 iPad Pro


The iPhone 9 will reportedly offer a 4.7-inch LCD screen coupled with the Apple A13 Bionic chipset, a Touch ID home button, and a single rear for just $399. But it’s far from the only product Apple has up its sleeves for the coming months. 

Joining the budget iPhone in March looks set to be a revamped iPad Pro lineup complete with the upcoming A13X Bionic processor and an advanced triple-camera setup on the back that incorporates an entirely new 3D sensing system.

Previous reports suggest the latter will be even more powerful than Apple’s existing Face ID technology, which was introduced in September 2017 on the iPhone X. It’s expected to be the ‘centerpiece’ of Apple’s AR push.

A premium version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is reportedly being developed alongside the two tablets expected to debut in March. This version, however, won't arrive until September and will incorporate a new A14X Bionic chipset and a mini-LED display, which should provide a drastic improvement in quality over the existing LCD screens.

Premium headphones, AirTags, and a wireless charger are also coming


Apple has also been working on Tile-like tracking tags for months under the name ‘AirTags.’ They rely on the U1 Ultra Wideband chip included inside the iPhone 11 series and should allow users to track items with much more accuracy than permitted over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

This accessory is believed to be on track for a debut at the March event, although Apple could delay it until WWDC in June.

Another product rumored to be making an appearance in the coming months is a mysterious 'small charging mat' that, unlike the canceled AirPower alternative, can apparently charge just one iPhone, Apple Watch, or set of AirPods at a time.

Lastly, Apple is said to be planning a pair of premium over-ear Bluetooth headphones. The product has reportedly been under development for over two years but, following several delays, is finally expected to make an appearance in the near future.

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iPhone 9 (SE 2)
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1700 mAh
  • OS iOS

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18 Comments

12. AlienKiss

Posts: 359; Member since: May 21, 2019

Wait.. are THOSE bezels??! Hahaha!!!

18. gadgetpower

Posts: 335; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Yes it’s bezel but the sad truth is its going to sell more than your Galaxies and Notes combined.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sales wise, the iPhone 9 is going to be a big hit for Apple. It could very well put them at the top of the midrange smartphone category.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nice phone. This will make a great 2016 launch

6. Venom

Posts: 4109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

2016? More like 2013. Seems like Apple is taking a few steps back here instead of forward.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

“A few steps back” when the iPhone 9 will have the same flagship SoC and main camera as Apples current bestselling flagship iPhone 11 series? Since when does a flagship SoC and flagship main camera mean “a few steps back”? The iPhone 9 will outsell and outperform most midrange smartphones, especially the likes of Googles midrange Pixel 3A line, LG’s and Motorola’s midrange smartphones. This thing will likely put a real hurting on near future midrange releases like the Pixel 4A line as well.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1967; Member since: May 17, 2017

It's sort of an anti-Pixel A series...somewhat dated hardware with top of the line chips. Interesting approach.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes! The look is so dated, but the SoC and camera are going to be killer, especially the SoC! I’m having a hard time thinking of a midrange smartphone that will be able to compete with it performance wise.

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1967; Member since: May 17, 2017

Unless another mid-ranger gets a flagship SOC....nope!

1. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

30M isn't really alot. They will be all gone in just 2 quarters of sales. Both of the top OEMs sell at least 5M phones per week on some level during the year. With the iPhone 11 already here and the 12 around the corner. Having a 9 seems stupid. So what will this model be called for 2021? Because the 10 (X) already has been done. The X is still the coolest of the new models.

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 774; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

30 million is quite a lot for just one smartphone – It's more than what some manufacturers sell in one year. As for the 2021 model, it'll probably be called the iPhone 9 Plus.

9. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

But we arent talking about other oems. Am sure Ferrari would like to sell as many of its cars as Toyota does. The point is, 30M is not alot for Apple or Samsung or Huawei. The reason why other OEMs don't sell that many is because their phones suck. If they all had great phones, Samsung wouldn't be selling 300M phones every year. Also, all these companies have sold products above 30M in some type of category. Back in 2007-2010, selling 30M was alot. Today 30M is as common as seeing cars on a street.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

30 million of ONE type of smartphone is a huge number for any brand. Factor in what the other smartphones of the likes of BBK (all of its brands), Apple, Samsung, and Huawei sell, and that helps with the bottom line tremendously. If you can sell one smartphone in a year that sells more than what many other brands entire smartphone portfolio sells in a year, that’s a lot.

14. cevon3239

Posts: 208; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

I disagree. Go on Wikipedia and look at phone sales. Several OEMs like BlackBerry, Nokia, HTC and others have sold over 30M of some model before. SAMSUNG has had several models sell over 30M including the S3, S4, S6, S7, Note 3 and other devices.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry and HTC have never sold 30 million of ONE model smartphone in a year. Nokia MAY have, back in their Symbian days. Samsung is a different beast altogether, but even their phones get outsold by Apples on a model vs model basis. The fact is, 30 million of of ONE model smartphone sold by ANY OEM is a great accomplishment, and NOT something that’s done regularly by many OEM’s, only a select few.

17. joshuaswingle

Posts: 774; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yes, several companies have sold 30 million units of one smartphone before, but it's far from common nowadays considering the sheer number of devices on sale. According to Wikipedia, only the iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, Galaxy S8/S8+, iPhone 7/7Plus, and Galaxy S7/S7 edge have reached the 30 million units milestone in the past five years. And as you can see, that's typically a combined total for two devices.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The real proof will be it's pricing of $399, which I am highly doubtful Apple will stick to it's 2016 iPhone SE pricing. Especially since the SE is smaller, has a smaller and lower resolution display, and the SE cameras won't be as new as this newer iPhone. But I will bet a million dollars that Apple will never set the starting price at $399.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2576; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

When the original SE hit the market it was expected to sell 40 million units for the entire year that it was released, so starting out with 30 million units is a safe bet. I would imagine Apple will eventually get into dropping the number moniker and just naming iPhones with the year they are released (similar to how they do the iPad). So eventually a phone like the iPhone 11 will just become the iPhone (2020) and then the iPhone Pro (2020). The 9 could end up becoming the iPhone C (2021) for compact.

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