Apple has been really great at math since they started in 2007 (or boomed in 2007). There’s the iPhone 3g, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and then, iPhone X. Disregarding numeral types here, where’s iPhone 9 or IX? Samsung has never missed a number. Why did Apple lose the 9?
There’s a good chance Apple intentionally missed 9 to reserve it for something bigger. 9 is a lucky number, after all. Could 2019 be the year for iPhone 9?
First, it will be helpful to discuss what features are new in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Comes in colors silver, black, and gold, iPhone 8 is a 4.7-inch device with retina HD display. It has got a 12-MP back camera, 7-MP front camera, 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, and 1400:1 contrast ratio. It uses a second generation fingerprint sensor touch-ID as device security and an A11 Bionic Neural Chip as its processor. It’s 148 grams in weight and 5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 inch in size. It is water resistant of up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes and rated IP67. It supports wireless charging and is fast-charge capable. The iPhone 8’s battery can hold a talk time of about 14 hours, internet use of up to 12 hours, and audio playback of up to 40 hours.
iPhone 8 Plus is slightly bigger, with 5.5-inch retina display, dual wide angle and telephoto camera of 12 MP, 7-MP front camera, 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, and 1300:1 contrast ratio. Like its older sibling, it also has a fingerprint sensor touch-ID and an A11 Bionic Neural Chip. It’s heavier than the iPhone 8 with 202 grams and size of 6.24 by 3.07 by 0.30 inches. It has the same splash, dust, and water-resistance but a longer battery life that can hold a talk time of about 21 hours and audio playback of up to 69 hours. It also supports fast charging and is wireless-charger compatible.
The iPhone X series comes in four variants. iPhone X, XS, XR, and XS Max. iPhone X comes in colors black and silver, XS and XS Max in black, silver, and gold, and XR in blue, white, coral, red, yellow, black and white. The X series’ screens are bigger than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone X and XS are 5.8-inch super retina HD display devices, iPhone XR s slightly bigger with 6.1 inches, and XS Max is the biggest of the four, with 6.5 inches. iPhone X and XS have a 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi, XS Max at 2688-by-1242-pixel resolution at 458 ppi, and XR has a 1792-by-828-pixel resolution at 326 ppi. Except for the iPhone XR with a 1400: 1 contrast ratio, iPhone X, XS, and XS Max all have a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. All, except the iPhone XR with an IPS LCD, have an OLED display. iPhone XR is also missing out on an HDR display and a 3D touch. All these X devices have a true color display, wide color display (P3), and 625 cd/m2 maximum brightness.
Of course, the iPhone XS Max is the biggest, in terms of dimensions, among the X series phones. It’s 6.20 by 3.05 by 0.30 inches in size, iPhone X and XS are 5.65 by 2.79 by 0.30 inches, and iPhone XR is 5.94 by 2.98 by 0.33 inches. All, except the iPhone XR which had an aluminum and glass material, have stainless steel and glass for their build.
In terms of weight, the iPhone XS Max is the heaviest with 208 grams, followed by XR with 194 grams. iPhone X and XS are almost of the same size with 174 and 177 grams, respectively.
All of the iPhone X devices have a 12 MP back camera. Except for the iPhone XR, they all have a wide-angle at 1.8 aperture, telephoto camera at 2.4 aperture for video recording, and dual optical image stabilization. They also have a 7 MP TrueDepth front camera, a 2.2 aperture, retina flash, HDR photo feature, portrait lightning with natural, studio, contour, stage, and stage mono effects, 1080P Video Recording, Quad-LED true tone flash with slow sync, and the exciting, Animoji and Memoji features. In terms of video and except for the iPhone X, the devices also have cinematic video stabilization, the extended dynamic range for video at 30 fps, 2x optical zoom, digital zoom up to 6x, and portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control. But then, inclusive of the iPhone X, they all have slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, time-lapse video with stabilization, and stereo recording.
The battery has also improved for the iPhone X series. With the iPhone X and XR lasting longer than the iPhone 8, iPhone XS’ battery life lasts 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X, and the XS Max 1.5 hours even longer. The talk time is between 21 to 25 hours, internet use is from 12 to 15 hours, video playback is 13-16 hours, and audio playback is from 60 to 65 hours on full battery. With an 18W adapter, these devices can charge up to 50% of the battery within 30 minutes. The iPhone X series also supports wireless charging and work with Qi chargers and wireless earpods, which can be purchased separately.
Instead of a touch-ID, the series has gotten upgraded security with Face ID, a revolution in the phone world. With the exemption of the iPhone X that has A11, the rest of the iPhone X series use an A12 Bionic Chip with the next-generation neural engine. They are all splash, dirt, and water-resistant; iPhone X and XR are rated IP67 under the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 60529, which means they can hold up for up to 1 meter for 30 minutes under water. iPhone XS and XS Max are slightly more resistant, with an IP68 rating and can hold for about 2 meters for about 30 minutes underwater. Of course, tests proved the devices to survive for longer than 30 minutes and deeper than 1-2 meters, but to be on the safe, it’s best to stay within the standard.
While the iPhone X still uses the nano-sim, the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max can support both nano and e-sim. The e-sims, however, are still up for the next update. Among these four, iPhone XS Max has the biggest capacity of up 512 GB. That’s a lot of memory in one small device!
For cellular and wireless capabilities, the X series all use GSM/Edge and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and Bluetooth 5.0. iPhone X and XR use 4G LTE advanced data plan, and iPhone XS and XS Max use gigabit-class LTE. All of these devices had an iOs 12 operating system, UMTS (universal mobile telecommunications service/ HSPA (high-speed packet access) and CDMA (code division multiple access). All use an express card with a power serve except for the iPhone X.
Did Apple Release an iPhone 9?
Now that iPhone 8 and iPhone 10s have been compared, where is iPhone 9? It was the talk of 2017 since iPhone X was released in September, the same way that people looked for an iPhone 2 when iPhone 3G was released.
For Apple, timing is everything, and they had to skip ahead and miss 9 to make it just in time to released iPhone 10 on their 10th anniversary in 2017. Of course, 10 marked the spot, and they had to release something revolutionary to make it count. That said, it seems that iPhone 9 will never be seen in the apple’s technology timeline.
Apple did release a 9 in the midst of the 10 series, only that, they did not name it that way. Of course, to make it reasonable, the iPhone 9 was expected to be cheaper than the iPhone 10 but must have better features than the 8. The predictions were quite right.
With the exemption of the iPhone X, the rest of the X series phones were released in 2018. Surprisingly, iPhone XR was released in October 2018, a month after XS and XS Max phones were introduced. Looking at the prices, the iPhone XS Max is the most expensive, followed by the XS, then the X and the XR as the cheapest. Having compared all the X devices, XR is the closest iPhone to a longed-for iPhone 9. It’s cheaper than the iPhone 10, has better features in terms of camera, security, and processor that the iPhone 8, and its features are comparable with the rest of the iPhone X devices. Therefore, XR is the 9.
There’s no formula to describe how XR is the iPhone 9. At this point, the public has accepted the fact that there’s no 9 or IX. 2019 is also not the year that we get to complete the missing number in the set. What’s important is that Apple devices remain classy and tasteful in their devices, and they all deserve a bite, regardless of what they’re called.