iPhone 9 release date, price, news and leaks


The iPhone 9 release date will be announced by Apple on September 12, and even if the phone doesn’t go by that name, we know we’ll get an all-screen iPhone closer to the iPhone 8 price. At least, that’s how all of the iPhone 9 rumors are stacking up.

It’s shaping up to have a 6.1-inch screen with an iPhone X-like all-screen (notched) design. The only downside is that it’s thought to exchange the OLED for an LCD.

Average users may not notice the difference outside of side-by-side comparisons. They will notice the expected iPhone 9 price difference and its wider, more fun color options compared to the other new iPhone sizes. 

Yes, we expect as many as three new flagship phones, in the form of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus. But anyone holding out for a more affordable device from Apple should look no further than the iPhone 9.

Update: The iPhone 9 has seemingly been certified in China. Plus, it may end up being ‘affordable’ (for an iPhone at least), but the latest iPhone 9 leaks point towards a large, 6.1-inch display and the same power under the hood as the rumored iPhone XS and XS Plus. That’s good news.

Apple may opt to keep with its current incremental naming system for this handset, and instead of calling it the iPhone 9 it may be called the iPhone 8S instead. If Apple does go for iPhone 8S, it would suggest the handset will only have minor upgrades over the iPhone 8.

You’ll find everything we know so far about the iPhone 9 (or the iPhone 8S if that’s what Apple opts for) below, and we’re constantly updating this page with the very latest on the new iPhone.

Cut to the chase

  • What is iPhone 9? A cheaper upgrade we’re dubbing ‘iPhone 9’
  • When is iPhone 9 out? September 12 announcement; September 21 or 28 release date
  • What will iPhone 9 cost? Estimated to be iPhone 8-like pricing

iPhone 9 release date

The iPhone 9 will be announced on Wednesday, September 12, which happens to be the same date that the iPhone X launched a year ago. Tim Cook will hold it up in the same venue too: The Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, the company’s headquarters.

We know this because Apple has sent an invite for an event on that day, and the iPhone 9 is sure to be present. Though if any more evidence were needed, how about this: a device believed to be the iPhone 9 has been certified in China, which we’d expect to happen shortly before launch.

But when will the actual iPhone 9 release date occur? Pre-orders are likely two days later, on Friday, September 14 (it’s always a Friday), and Apple likes to launch its phone one to two weeks later (also on a Friday). That puts us at Friday, September 21 or Friday September 28.

But all of that depends on inventory, and sometimes newer technology (or hot new colors) cause Apple to stagger launch dates (iPhone 5S and iPhone X are two great examples). The LCD-equipped iPhone 9 may face the same delays into October, while the iPhone XS could be launched first.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 missed out, so will the iPhone 9 get a dual camera?

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 missed out, so will the iPhone 9 get a dual camera?

iPhone 9 price

When the iPhone 9 does arrive it’s sure to be expensive – this is an ‘affordable’ iPhone, not a budget iPhone – though the final price tag may be less than you might expect.

The main price rumor we’ve heard comes from renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims the iPhone 9 could cost $600-$700 (around £450-£530, AU$810-AU$950), which would potentially make it cheaper than (or the same price as )the iPhone 8.