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Apple iPhone SE 2: Evidence shows that Apple's next "budget" US$399 smartphone will be called the iPhone 9

Apple iPhone SE 2: Evidence shows that Apple's next "budget" US$399 smartphone will be called the iPhone 9. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @iGeeksBlog)
Apple iPhone SE 2: Evidence shows that Apple's next "budget" US$399 smartphone will be called the iPhone 9. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @iGeeksBlog)
Apple's next budget handset may have already entered mass-production, but there is still no consensus about what it will be called. While there has been plenty of talk about whether the device will arrive as the iPhone 9 or the iPhone SE 2, leaked photos from a Korea Telecom store may have settled the debate.
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There has been plenty of talk about the successor to the iPhone SE lately, with rumours claiming that the device will arrive as early as next month. Additionally, there have been reports that the handset could feature a 4.7-inch, 4.9-inch or 5.4-inch display, although people are leaning more towards the first two than the latter. Apple is said to be reusing the chassis from the iPhone 8, a device with a 4.7-inch display, so putting a 5.4-inch panel in its place would require ditching Touch ID in favour of Face ID. Doing so would make the iPhone SE successor more expensive, making the reality of a US$399 compact iPhone with a 5.4-inch rather unlikely.

Much has spoken about the rumoured device's name too. On the one hand, it will likely be the spiritual successor to the iPhone SE, making the name "SE 2" an obvious contender. On the other hand, the device is supposed to be an updated iPhone 8, putting the "iPhone 9" in the frame.

However, a new leak may have given a clearer indication of what the final name for the device will be. According to media reports in South Korea, Korea Telecom (KT) has been advertising the device as the iPhone 9. As the photos below show, the banners also advertise the Galaxy S20 series.

Now, these could be faked images, or KT could have been supplied false information. Both seem unlikely though, with there being no obvious photoshopping at play. Either way, it should only be a few more weeks before Apple reveals all.

(Image source: CnBeta)
(Image source: CnBeta)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-12 (Update: 2020-02-12)
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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.