03 February 2020
Apple is reportedly ready to start manufacturing the next budget iPhone i.e. iPhone 9 from February. It is a Bloomberg report that cites supply chain sources to make the claim. It further adds that the iPhone 9 will be launched in March 2020 which is just one month after it will undergo mass production.
Even though we have heard about various iPhone 9 launch timeline rumors, this new report corroborates the timeline that has been reported quite often in recent times. Another reason to believe the same is that Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has a credible track record when it comes to sharing such leaks.
The budget iPhone is widely rumored to have an iPhone 8-like design but some reports suggest that it will not have Touch ID. The display size is said to be around 4.7-inch which will give it a compact feel. This is similar to what we saw with the iPhone SE, the first-ever budget iPhone released by Apple.
Under the hood, it will have the latest Apple A13 chipset which you find on the new iPhone 11 series. Apple is reported to have asked TSMC to increase A13 production to keep up with the demand. It will be interesting to see whether there will be a dual-camera setup on the back or Apple will stick with a single camera approach. The rumor mill does not have a consensus about the pricing but some suggest that it might be cheaper than iPhone XR.