01 April 2020
Apple is said to be planning iPhone 9 Plus, a direct successor to the iPhone 8 Plus to launch this year. A 4.7-inch model, which is said to be the direct successor of the iPhone 8 is already in the rumor mill and now its Plus variant is also rumored. Found in the iOS 14 code by 9to5Mac, there are a few references that pose the possibility of Apple launching the 5.5-inch iPhone model too.
There are pieces of evidence in the iOS 14 code snippets that Apple will end up launching a “Plus” variant as well, though it can’t be deduced that it is going to be iPhone 8 Plus successor. However, it is the apparent screen size that wants us to believe in it. The iPhone in question will have a 5.5-inch screen and it may reuse the iPhone 8 Plus’ design just like the entry-level one may end up using the iPhone 8’s.
The pieces of evidence further also indicate that both the iPhone 9 and the iPhone 9 Plus will run the A13 Bionic chip, the same processor used in the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. So, this will make the iPhone 9 more appealing, considering they would get great performers at lower price tags. These rumored phones will also feature a solid-state Home button, which was introduced with iPhone 7. They will rely on Touch ID instead of Face ID and also come with Apple Pay’s Express Transit feature.
The rumored entry-level iPhone 9 with a 4.7-inch display and the Plus variant, supposedly iPhone 9 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen will also apparently be able to scan NFC tags by requiring a user to open up an app.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new 4.7-inch entry-level iPhone will start at $399 and will be available with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The price of the 5.5-inch, purported iPhone 9 Plus is unknown, though.
It was tipped that Apple will launch the new 4.7-inch entry-level iPhone at the end of March and this rumored 5.5-inch model may launch at the same time. Also, it is unclear if these two rumored iPhones end up being addressed iPhone 9 series because there are also rumors that Apple may launch them as iPhone SE 2 variants. Let’s wait for more information to come in.