According to leaked iOS 14 code shared with 9to5Mac, Apple has plans to launch a bigger “iPhone 9 Plus” model alongside the upcoming iPhone 9.
Up until now, most rumours, leaks, and reports suggested that Apple would only be releasing one device – the iPhone 9 – in order to replace the iPhone 8. We learned that the iPhone 9 would be extremely similar, in terms of design and size, to the iPhone 8. However, there was no information regarding a bigger model to replace the iPhone 8 Plus.
If this leak is to be believed, this would mean Apple will launch not one, but two iPhone 9 models. The first model, the iPhone 9, will be a direct replacement to the iPhone 8, with a 4.7” screen, Touch ID, a home button, and bezels surrounding the screen. The second model, the iPhone 9 Plus, will retain Touch ID, bezels, and the home button from the iPhone 9, but will utilise an increased 5.5” display.
The iPhone 9 (and iPhone 9 Plus) were expected to be unveiled at an Apple Special Event that was rumoured to be taking place on March 31st. However, due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, it is pretty much a guarantee that Apple have cancelled this event.
As for when we will eventually see the iPhone 9 is still a mystery, although it is possible that it will be announced at the upcoming virtual WWDC 2020, which is taking place sometime this summer. Although this event is geared primarily towards software, Apple have announced products at WWDC in the past, including the Mac Pro, HomePod, iMac Pro, the 10.5” iPad Pro, and more.
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