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Apple to launch new low-cost smartphone in two sizes

Apple will reportedly launch its new low-cost iPhone in two sizes, similar to the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions, to appease price-conscious consumers.

According to a report in 9to5Mac, Apple has been working on an iPhone 9 – the successor to the iPhone SE – and now plans to launch an iPhone 9 Plus to sell alongside it.

The new smartphones would replace the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, which are available for sale in Apple retail stores and online. Similarly, the device will retain its Touch ID home button, thick bezels when compared with the iPhone 11, and an LCD display.

Where the new iPhone 9 differs, however, is in its internals.

Apple will reportedly give the new device an A13 processor, the same used in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, to create a powerful device that’s capable of playing Apple Arcade games at full capacity.

The iPhone 9 will be made available for $399 in the United States when it launches, according to reports, whilst the iPhone 9 Plus will be sold for an extra $100 at $499.

The company had planned to launch these new devices in March, but due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, it’s now expected that they’ll be unveiled at the new online WWDC.

Previous rumors have suggested that Apple was working on an iPhone SE 2 Plus, or iPhone 9 Plus, and that it would be released in 2021.

It would have a larger screen and no bezels or home button – instead, it would run off of Face ID.

This is a conflicting report, but it could be that Apple plans to follow up the success of the iPhone 9 in 2021 with an all-screen variant.

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