Apple's £399 'iPhone 9' to feature 5G 'when it launches in early 2020', report claims
APPLE is gearing up to launch a budget iPhone in 2020 that connects to super-fast 5G networks, according to reports.
The "iPhone 9" has not been officially announced by the California tech titan but is reportedly the smallest and cheapest iPhone in over a decade.
Costing as little as £399, the mobile is a followup to 2016's petite iPhone SE, according to a report from Japanese site MacOtakara.
The gadget news blog has a solid track record for Apple rumours, and has predicted a number of iPhone features in recent years.
It cites "informed sources", but doesn't reveal who they are – which makes the claims tricky to verify.
The report states that the iPhone 9 will be out in early 2020, a claim that lines up with multiple other leaks and rumours that have surfaced in recent months.
It will also connect to 5G, the next generation of mobile networks that gives you super-fast mobile internet capable of downloading an HD movie in seconds.
That would be a surprise, as even the latest line of iPhones – the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, all released in September – don't come with 5G.
Only a handful of smartphones can access the high-tech masts for now, as you need special tech loaded into the handset. Phones with 5G often at the pricier end of the mobile spectrum.
The new iPhone's name may also cause confusion among Apple fans.
Keen Apple watchers will know that the firm never released an iPhone 9, skipping straight from iPhone 8 to iPhone X (10) in 2017.
The decision to jump straight to iPhone X has never been very clearly explained.
Most likely of all answers is that Apple wanted to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the original iPhone, which launched in 2007.
But it meant that Apple never released an iPhone 9.
Now several rumours suggest Apple is plotting a cheap and cheerful handset dubbed the iPhone 9.
The gadget is tipped to be a spiritual successor to 2016's small iPhone SE.
Apple fans became enamoured with the 4-inch device, particularly as it cost several hundred pounds less than the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7.
5G internet – what is it?
Here’s what you need to know…
- 5G is the next generation of mobile phone networks
- Just like 4G made your mobile internet faster and more reliable compared to 3G, 5G will do the same again
- Phone networks across the UK are currently scrambling to introduce 5G phone speeds for Brits
- Typical 4G speeds today will typically fall between 50Mbps and 100Mbps
- But early 5G speeds will raise this bar to several hundred megabits-per-second
- And once 5G networks are advanced, you’ll expect to enjoy gigabit-per-second speeds
- However, you’ll need to upgrade your phone plan to a 5G tariff
- Also, not all smartphones support 5G internet – they’ll need to have a 5G-ready modem inside
- We’re only now starting to see 5G smartphones in 2019, so older phones won’t support the new speeds
- Many top phone makers have committed to making (or already launched) 5G-ready smartphones
- These include Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, LG and Oppo
In recent years, Apple phones have spiralled well north of £1,000/$1,000.
The top-spec version of this year's iPhone 11 Pro Max costs £1,499/$1,449, while the cheapest new iPhone starts at £729/$699.
Apple is under constant pressure to sell more iPhones, so releasing a cheaper model could be a winning move.
This lower-price handset is expected to look more like the classic iPhone 8, rather than the new iPhone X/11 design.
That potentially means a Home button, a display with bezel at the top and bottom, and curved edges.
According to analysts, the phone will retail for anything from $399/£399 to $499/£499.
Of course, Apple hasn't confirmed any such iPhone, so take all rumours with a pinch of salt for now.
In other news, Apple could be planning to launch five new iPhones in 2020.
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