Apple could call its new budget smartphone the iPhone 9

Apple could call the widely-rumored iPhone SE 2 the iPhone 9, according to new sources.

Mac Otakara has reported that the new device, which is set for release in early 2020 to appease the price-conscious market, will offer a similar form factor to the iPhone 8.

“The iPhone SE2, which is said to be released in the spring of 2020 under development by Apple, will continue to adopt the iPhone 8 case as it is, so the iPhone Information sources say it could be called 9,” the popular Japanese blog said of the new iPhone.

“It is unclear whether it supports 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, but it is unlikely that it will take over the iPhone SE product name because it continues to use a consistent design from iPhone 6 to iPhone 8.”

The new budget iPhone will reportedly sport a 4.7-inch display with the same bezels as the iPhone 8, and feature a Touch ID home button rather than Face ID or under-the-screen tech.

Where the new iPhone will be different, however, is under the hood.

The iPhone SE 2 will feature a faster A13 Bionic chip and up to 3GB of RAM to bring it up to modern standards.

A reliable source for the Japanese blog suggests that Apple has decided on iPhone 9 for the new device, which would indeed work well as it’s a natural successor to the iPhone 8 rather than a refreshed iPhone SE.

Remember that the original iPhone SE was just 4-inches.

It’s expected that the new low-cost smartphone will start at around $399 in the United States and come with 64Gb of storage as standard, in Space Gray, Silver, and Red.

Many reports have suggested that Apple will drop the new phone in the first quarter of 2020.

Considering the first iPhone SE was launched in March 2016, a March release is possible.

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