Picked up by 9to5Mac, a new report from respected US researcher GBH Insights reveals Apple can expect record demand for its all-new iPhone X Plus (details), second generation iPhone X (details) and iPhone 9 (details) when they launch. The problem is the hotly anticipated iPhone 9 won’t be among them.
Worryingly, GBH says the iPhone 9 (often referred to as the ‘budget iPhone X’) could be delayed by as much as two months compared to the premium second gen iPhone X and iPhone X Plus. This would result in a November launch and mean stock of the phone will be very hard to come by before Christmas.
Interestingly, we’ve been here before.
Last year, despite launching the original iPhone X in September, Apple was unable to get the phone to users before November. This caused a run on limited stock levels which sold out in minutes, and delays continued well into the new year.
Models of Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 9 and iPhone X PlusMKBHD
All of which wouldn’t matter if the iPhone 9 (my bet is simply ‘iPhone’) wasn’t so appealing – but it is. Not only will the model deliver the iPhone X design for a fraction of the price, it also has cutting edge bezel technology, a big display and potentially exclusive dual sim capabilities.
Consequently, it begs the question: Why pay more for the new iPhone X or iPhone X Plus?
It turns out the answer is simple: because you won’t be able to buy anything else…