Will Apple Release iPhone 9? Dates and Rumors

Apple launched the iPhone 8 a couple years ago alongside a new smartphone — the iPhone X. A year later, we saw the successor to the iPhone X, and that would be the iPhone XS series of smartphones, including the iPhone XR. However, we didn’t see any iPhone 9 alongside those phones, indicating that Apple might be discontinuing the traditional iPhone in favor of the new all-screen design with the Face ID module.

Will Apple release iPhone 9 though? If you follow along with us below, we’ll show you the current rumors and possible release dates circulating around the phone. Follow along with us below!

Naming confusion

So where is the iPhone 9? That’s the question that everyone is asking. From what it sounds like, we won’t be getting an iPhone 9 at all, and most of the rumors are actually because of some naming confusion, and rightly so. During the launch of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, Apple played what might be considered to be some confusing number games.

What happened was that the iPhone 8 and iPhone X actually launched on Apple iPhone’s 10th anniversary. So, Apple essentially skipped over the iPhone 9, calling its next phone the iPhone X — pronounced the iPhone 10 — as a play on words of its anniversary of the iPhone.

So, if you’re looking for an actual iPhone 9, you’re, unfortunately, probably not ever going to get one. And in all honesty, the iPhone 8 would’ve been better called the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, largely because there were hardly any improvements between the two phones. It was more of an incremental upgrade than anything. Suffice to say, there’s a lot of naming confusion going on here, and unfortunately, it just isn’t looking like an iPhone 9 is in Apple’s sights. The iPhone 10 series and beyond is the future.

Where is the confusion exactly? It comes down to Apple trying to do a play on the iPhone’s anniversary. It really comes down to how Apple wants the phone pronounced. Most people say “iPhone Ex” instead of “iPhone Ten”. So yeah, unfortunately, no iPhone 9 — Apple skipped over that entirely, deciding to continue the iPhone naming convention from the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. And, it doesn’t seem to be planning to resurrect the iPhone 9 name anytime soon.

If you want an iPhone 9, the iPhone XR is it

There was a lot to love about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. They were fairly small phones that were easily carried around, and without taking up a ridiculous amount of space in your pocket. It was just an easier size to use as well, not requiring two hands for comfortable use.

Apple understands that, which is why they launched a new device alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max — the iPhone XR, or the iPhone 10-R, as Apple would like it pronounced.

The iPhone XR actually has a lot of similarities to Apple’s traditional iPhone devices, first and foremost having a similar, more comfortable size. It’s the size and function of the traditional iPhone, but with some extra goodies found on the newer series of iPhones as well.

The iPhone XR actually doesn’t have the dual-camera setup that the iPhone XS phones have, featuring the smaller, circular lens that was found an the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7. However, it does come with the secure and encrypted Face ID module that’s found with the iPhone X and beyond. That said, you could picture the iPhone XR as the best of both worlds.

Sure, it might not be a suitable replacement for the rugged style that the iPhone 8 sort-of had, but it still gets you pretty close to everything that you once loved about that phone.

You could picture this iPhone 9 fiasco as the same thing that Microsoft did with Windows. There was a Windows 8 and a Windows 8.1, but then Microsoft completely skipped over Windows 9 and jumped to Windows 10. It doesn’t often make a whole lot of sense, but that’s just what happened.

Scared to jump towards to the iPhone XR?

Sure, we can say the iPhone XR is the iPhone 9, but is it really going to be like what the iPhone 8 was? Not at all — there are a lot of design improvements to make things like wireless charging a lot more possible. However, it’s worth noting that, despite the iPhone XR having a lot of changes — and it being a lower-end phone than, say, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, it’s still become one of the best selling iPhone models to date.

When Apple launched the iPhone XR in the fourth quarter of 2018, it instantly became the best selling iPhone, and they have kept that momentum all the way into the first quarter of 2019.

This information comes by way of research firm CIRP. Apple no longer releases iPhone unit sales to the public, and so we’re stuck with research firms getting that information for us. That said, CIRP conducted a survey, with a sample size of 500 customers, showing that the iPhone XR was the best selling phone in the fourth quarter, and into the first.

Here’s the word from CIRP co-founder Josh Lowitz himself:

“iPhone XR continues to dominate US iPhone sales. It remains the best-selling individual model again this quarter, after launch early in the December 2018 quarter. In the US, the newest iPhone models sold about as well as the newest models a year ago, at about 60% of total sales. Based on these trends, we estimate an Average Selling Price of around $800, a decrease from the previous quarter.”

As far as specifics go, CIRP actually found that the iPhone XR accounted for 38 percent of iPhone sales in the United States, whereas the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max accounted for a meager 21 percent of sales during the first three months of 2019. Suffice to say, a lot of people love what Apple has packed into the iPhone XR, and it truly is acting as an excellent replacement for the iPhone XR.

There’s a lot of different factors out there as far as what the iPhone XR’s success could be because of. Sure, it could be because folks wanted something similar to the iPhone 8, at least as far as size and specifications go. However, a lot of it could have to deal with rising flagship smartphone prices as well.

Let’s face it — they’re getting pretty out of hand. A completely spec’d out iPhone XS Max will set you back around $1500, and the same goes for phones on the other side of the software spectrum, like the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy Note 9. The LG G8 ThinQ is certainly no cheap option either.

The iPhone XR comes in at an affordable price, coming in at only $749. That’s nearly half of what the spec’d out iPhone XS Max is going to set consumers back. Not only that, but Apple regularly offers deals to make it even more affordable — there are regular discounts on the phone, and Apple’s trade-in program usually allows you to trade in your old phone so that you can get the iPhone XR for just $449. Depending on the phone you have, and the condition of it, you could get an iPhone XR for as little as $250.

Suffice to say, the iPhone XR will no doubt continue its dominance in electronic smartphone sales throughout 2019, establishing itself as an excellent replacement for what many might consider to be the missed iPhone 9.

Should you upgrade?

So now the question is, should you upgrade your current phone to the iPhone XR? If your phone is definitely needing replacing, we would say yes, it’s worth it. However, if you can wait a few months, that would be the wise decision with how far we are into the release cycle.

It’s not going to be very long now before Apple announces its new set of iPhone models for 2019, and launches them in the fall at some point. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of technology, it’s definitely worth waiting for the new iPhone models. That way you won’t behind, and won’t miss a major design change, which Apple should actually be set to do this time around.

There are a lot of rumors circulating around the new iPhones. For one, we’re expecting to see some advanced wireless charging, allowing you to set, say, your Apple AirPods on the back of your iPhone to charge your AirPods up. We’re expecting to see larger batteries as well, and possibly even a quad-camera setup.

Silence from Apple

Most folks have moved on from the iPhone 9, completely satisfied with the iPhone XR and all of the great things that the “iPhone Ten” line has brought to the table. However, for the folks that loved the iPhone 8 and were holding out for a similar iPhone 9 replacement, they’re left wanting.

That’s why it would be nice to at least hear something from Apple about the iPhone 9. We’re pretty sure it just isn’t going to happen at this point, but some clarity on the reason behind it would at least be welcome for fans. Face ID phones are the way forward for Apple, and we’re not likely to see an iPhone 8-style phone in an iPhone 9 ever again.

The closest we could get to that would possibly be an iPhone SE 2, which we’re also anxiously waiting for.

The iPhone 11

Apple is definitely not planning on bringing the iPhone 9 out. As discussed earlier, the iPhone XR was pretty much the successor to that, and the launch of the iPhone 11 just further confirms that. It looks like we’re never going to see that small, single-lens smartphone ever again.

We’re onto bigger and better things, though. There are actually some great things happening with the iPhone 11. For one, you’re getting a bigger phone, better hardware, and a better camera setup. It may cost around the same that a standard iPhone 8 did, but you’re getting much more value for money.

This happens frequently in product cycles

This is actually something that happens frequently in product cycles. It isn’t unheard of that companies completely skip sequential numbers. Companies in some countries do this because the number could be considered unlucky in that culture.

However, companies like Microsoft have been known to do that simply to mark the beginning of a new product — i.e. Microsoft moving from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, completely skipping “Windows 9”. Apple is essentially doing the same thing here, because the iPhone X was easily a completely new beginning for the iPhone.


Unfortunately, the iPhone 9 just isn’t going to happen. Apple skipped over that entirely, moving to the iPhone 10 from the iPhone 8 line of phones. That said, the iPhone XR is the closest that you’re going to get to the iPhone 9, and it does make an excellent replacement for what the iPhone 9 should’ve been.

However, if you can, since we’re so far into the release cycle, it’s worth waiting to see what Apple launches this upcoming fall! What’s your favorite choice from Apple’s new line of iPhone models? Let us know in the comments section below — we’d love to hear from you.