iPhone 9 could be surprisingly affordable and new iPads could have Face ID

Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note, packed full of information about upcoming iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches.

In the note, obtained by MacRumors, he says that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone (which might be called the iPhone 9) will have iPhone X-like features yet go on sale for just $600-$700 (around £450-£530, AU$810-AU$950), which is significantly less than his earlier estimate. Perhaps unsurprisingly he therefore believes this will be the best-selling new iPhone model.

And despite apparently entering production later than the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone XI and 6.5-inch iPhone XI Plus, the iPhone 9 is said to go on sale alongside them in September.

Improvements and innovations

Moving on to iPads, Kuo is reiterating earlier claims that new models this year (presumably the iPad Pro 3) will sport Face ID, and he’s also standing by his earlier claim that the Apple Watch 4 will have a larger screen.

Looking further ahead, Kuo adds that he believes 2019’s iPhones will have “marked innovations” but says that the design and features of these phones probably won’t become clearer until September or October of this year at the earliest.

Much of this information isn’t new, but that Kuo is standing by it suggests he has confidence in it, and if the iPhone 9 really is as cheap as he expects it could be something of a bargain by Apple standards, as that’s a potentially lower launch price than the iPhone 8 had. We should find out how accurate most of this information is in September.

Via Phone Arena

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.