The leaks related to Apple’s next-generation iOS devices has provided a fairly detailed look at this point on the roadmap of the iPhone maker’s hardware and software for the rest of 2020.
Meanwhile, an analysis of an early iOS 14 prototypes confirmed the presence of an iPhone 9 Plus edition, which would be in addition to the already anticipated iPhone 9 and which supports reports that had already circulated in support of a larger version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 9 entry-level. The hope is that this larger handset’s name will bear “Plus” in the branding and that it will run on the Bionic A13 chip— the same used in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.
In addition to confirming the iPhone 9’s bigger version, the iOS 14 code also confirms that both phones will run on the Bionic A13 chip. This is the same chip packed in the 11-series iPhone. Apple hopes that users of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 series can update to iPhone 9, as the Bionic A13 chip improves performance. The A13 Bionic chip will also add in features such as Apple Pay support, the Express Transit feature, and NFC tags to search as well. The iPhone 9 series is expected to improve Apple’s presence in countries like India, where Chinese smartphone brands are largely dominant.
Research by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that iPhone 9 would launch and sell for $399 by the end of March 2020, although history suggests that any plus-sized version would cost some $100 more.
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