Phone 9s — or iPhone X2, or whatever Apple ends up calling the 2018 iPhone — is widely expected to come next fall.
But with iPhone 8 and iPhone X both on the market now, there are several ways Apple could go for the next generation. This article is continuously updated to include the latest news and rumors so you can be among the first to find out. Bookmark it, save it, share it, and check back often!
There’s always a next display technology. We’ve gone from CRT to LCD and Plasma to OLED. Next on the list might well be MicroLED, a technology that could offer better than OLED quality with LED-backlit longevity and consistency. And Apple’s all over it.
The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and promise to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less power-hungry.
Instead of a single backlight, like iPhones up until iPhone 8, or self-lighting, like iPhone X, MicroLED uses individual LED backlights for each pixel and sub-pixel.
It won’t be ready for years and something else could always come along in the meantime. But, if MicroLED is the next new, Apple will be well-positioned to take advantage of it — and in a way that gives it a differentiated advantage over current OLED suppliers like Samsung.
2017 changed everything. Instead of iPhone 7s, we got:
iPhone X (iPhone “Ten”)
So, what follows iPhone 8 and iPhone X? Will it be iPhone 9 and iPhone X2? Just iPhone 9 or iPhone X2? Something else entirely?
Apple can name the next iPhone anything it wants. iPhone 9. iPhone X2. iPhone Edition. iPhone Pro. iPhone Mother of Dragons. It’s purely a marketing decision.
Quite possibly. The advantage of iPhone X is that it puts a bigger-than-iPhone-Plus display into a roughly the same size casing as a regular iPhone. That leaves open two possibilities:
iPhone 9 Plus: Same size as iPhone 8 Plus but with an even bigger, 6-inch display.
iPhone 9 SE: Same size as iPhone SE but with an iPhone 8-like 4.7-inch display.
Since the iPhone 5, Apple has announced every flagship iPhone during a special event held the first or second Tuesday or Wednesday of September.
iPhone 5: September 12, 2012
iPhone 5s: September 10, 2013
iPhone 6: September 9, 2014
iPhone 6s: September 9, 2015
iPhone 7: September 7, 2016
iPhone 8: September 12, 2017
iPhone X: September 12, 2017
Likewise, since the iPhone 5, Apple has shipped every flagship iPhone the second Friday following the event, with the exception of the iPhone 6s in 2015, which shipped the third Friday following the event, and iPhone X, which shipped on November 3:
iPhone 5: September 21, 2012
iPhone 5S: September 20, 2013
iPhone 6: September 19, 2014
iPhone 6s: September 25, 2015
iPhone 7: September 16, 2016
iPhone 8: September 22, 2017
iPhone X: November 3, 2017
Past patterns are the best indicator of future events, but they aren’t perfect. Apple can and will throw curveballs whenever the company’s logistics or strategy demands. So, be aware of the dates but don’t be bound to them.