It has been just a few days since the new iPhone X entered into the global smartphone market. But the rumors on the next-gen model have already begun to surface throughout the gadgets communities. Some of them are pointing to strange moves. For instance, the next-gen model is supposed to be known as iPhone XI, as the latest one is “X.” However, numerous reports have claimed that it will be known as iPhone 9, which is really unusual. In this article, you will find all the hottest and buzzing rumors about the iPhone 9 release date, specs and price. Now, let’s dive in.
iPhone 9 Release Date: September 21, 2018
Apple has a tradition of revealing new smartphones in Q3. The last three models (except iPhone X), including iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S, entered into the global smartphone market on September 22, 16 and 25 respectively. All of those dates fell on Monday. So, there is a high chance of happening the same thing with iPhone 9. All the latest reports have also agreed with our statement. They are claiming that the iPhone 9 release date will be set on Monday, September 21, 2018. It matches perfectly with the release dates of the predecessors.
However, prior to setting the iPhone 9 release date, Apple will be planning to reveal the device at a suitable time. The iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S were unveiled on September 12, 7 and 9. All of those dates fell in either Tuesday or Wednesday. It clearly shows that Apple loves to announce the new smartphones in the two specific days around the second week of September. In this sense, we strongly expect the iPhone 9 to be revealed on either Tuesday, September 11 or Wednesday, September 12.
iPhone 9 Specs: Super Retina Display, A12 Processor and More
iPhone 9 is rumored to have all the things required to be the best and the most powerful smartphone of the next year. The new reports are continuously intensifying the speculation. Here, you will find a detailed round-up.
Super Retina Display – OLED Panel Exclusive for the Premium Models
Similar to the iPhone X, the iPhone 9 will feature the Super Retina display. The reduced production price of the OLED panel has drawn Apple’s attention. So, the company is very likely to incorporate it in the next-gen smartphone. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to purchase a massive amount of LCD panels from Japan display. In fact, 70% of the new iPhone will feature them. In this sense, we believe that the OLED panels will be exclusively applied for the premium model.
According to Ming Chi Kuo, the famous analyst, who has a great track record of predicting the future iDevices, the next-gen Apple smartphone will arrive in three models based on different screen sizes, including 6.5-inch, 6.1-inch and 5.8-inch. He predicts that the first and third aforementioned models will feature the OLED panels. They will have all the premium features and come with a high price tag. However, the third one, which he regards as the cheaper one, will come with the LCD-TFT screen.
Touch ID Out, Face ID In
Apple has excluded the Touch ID fingerprint scanner from the new iPhone X. Instead, it has used the Face ID, which you can use to authenticate the device using your face. The same thing is going to happen in all the three models of the iPhone X, as claimed by numerous reports. However, according to Kuo, Apple may still use the Touch ID if it finds that the iPhone X users are not happy with the Face ID. However, we feel that it is very unlikely to happen, as Face ID has received an overwhelmingly positive feedback till now.
The new iPhone X features the A11 chip, which is the fastest smartphone processor of all time. However, the upcoming iPhone 9 will have an even faster processor. It will be known as the A12. Back in October, TSMC, Apple’s long term manufacturing partner, had begun developing the chip. The Taiwanese company is expected to begin the mass production on a 7-nm process in the first quarter of 2018.
Battery Life Improvement
The A12 chip will be incredibly power efficient. It will help the device to last longer than ever before. In addition, the capacity of the battery might be increased. According to Korea Economic Daily, the next-gen iPhone will have an “L” shaped battery module. The unusual shape will allow Apple to maximize the space. In other words, it will enable the company to use a battery with a higher capacity in a small space. All these things strongly suggest about a significant improvement of backup time.
Wireless Charging Over the Air
Earlier this year, Apple revealed a patent about a unique charging solution, which is quite different from the existing ones. It envisions an unusual way of transferring power to the iPhone through air while retaining the usual frequencies. In other words, it will work quite similar to a router. You will be able to place the charging pod to anywhere in your room and the iPhone will be charged automatically. You will not have to worry about the range. And you will not need to plug the device with the charger. However, a patent doesn’t guarantee the real life use of the described technology. But there is a strong chance for the next-gen Apple smartphone to feature the new long range wireless charging system.
iPhone 9 Price: Starts at $649
According to Kuo, the price of cheaper variant will start at $649. It will go as high as $749 based on the internal storage. However, there has been no reliable information about the price of the two premium models. But we do not expect them to cost less than $900.
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