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Apple iPhone SE 2: Could Apple's next US$399 "budget" handset be launched as the iPhone 9?

Could Apple's next US$399 "budget" handset be launched as the iPhone 9? (Image source: Apple)
Could Apple's next US$399 "budget" handset be launched as the iPhone 9? (Image source: Apple)
Apple is said to be planning a successor to the iPhone SE for next March, which has hitherto been referred to as the iPhone SE 2. The comparatively compact smartphone will apparently sport an iPhone 8 design, with an informed source now being cited that Apple will call it the iPhone 9.
Alex Alderson,

A cheaper iPhone without Face ID, a design reminiscent of the iPhone 8, a classic home button, Touch ID and an A13 Bionic SoC, what is not to like? Apparently, Apple believes that such a smartphone could sell millions of units and, plans to launch it next March. While we have reported on speculation concerning the device several times in the last few months, a new rumour has sparked debate about an iPhone SE successor again.

Initially rumoured to be called the iPhone SE 2, Japanese website Macotakara now claims that Apple has a different name in mind for its next US$399 handset. Citing an 'informed source', Macotakara states that the iPhone SE 2 will be called the iPhone 9, principally because of its resemblance to the iPhone 8.

Macotakara is known for being a well-informed website, so we would not just cast this aside for now. However, the website does list it as a rumour, so perhaps its unsure of the authenticity of this one. While calling the device the iPhone 9 would make sense if it were an iPhone 8 successor, Apple would come into trouble if it plans to release a few more budget and cheaper handsets. While the iPhone 9s would be an obvious name for an iPhone 9 successor, what would follow the iPhone 9s? The iPhone 10 is out, strictly speaking. Perhaps, the iPhone 9 is another one-off for the company to fill a gap in the market?

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Alex Alderson, 2019-12- 9 (Update: 2019-12- 9)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.