Why Did Apple Skip iPhone 9?

Speculation about why Apple decided to go from iPhone 8 to iPhone X.

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Apple has been on a release cycle of one new iPhone per year since the iPhone 4s in 2011. So, when 2017 came around, many people expected to see the release of the iPhone 9. But that didn’t happen. Instead, Apple jumped straight from the iPhone 8 to the iPhone X. So, why did Apple skip over the iPhone 9?

There are a few possible explanations. First, it’s possible that Apple simply didn’t have anything new or innovative to offer with the iPhone 9 that would justify its release. Second, it’s possible that Apple wanted to save the “9” designation for a future anniversary phone (like the iPhone X was for the 10th anniversary). And third, it’s possible that Apple didn’t want to release an ” incremental” update so close to the completely redesigned iPhone X.

Whatever the reason, we’ll never know for sure why Apple decided to skip over the iPhone 9. But we can speculate!

The Not-So-Good

When the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X were released in 2017, Apple skipped the “iPhone 9” altogether. Many people were left wondering why the company would do such a thing. While there are a few possible explanations, the most likely one is that the iPhone 9 would have been too similar to the iPhone 8 to warrant its own release.

The iPhone 9 was likely to be a iterative update over the existing iPhone 8. It would have featured modest improvements like a faster processor and some new camera features. But it’s unlikely that Apple would have been able to sell many consumers on an update that wasn’t much different from the previous year’s model.

Another possibility is that Apple simply didn’t have enough time to develop the iPhone 9 before the launch of the iPhone X. The iPhone X was a much more ambitious project that required a lot of new technology, including an OLED display and Face ID. Developing both phones concurrently would have been difficult, so Apple may have decided to focus its resources on the more innovative iPhone X.

Whatever the reason, Apple’s decision to skip the iPhone 9 left many people confused and disappointed. But in retrospect, it makes perfect sense given what we know about Apple’s product strategy.

The Good

It’s official, Apple has dropped the ‘iPhone 9’ from its 2018 range – but why?

The new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR may have been revealed at Apple’s special event on Wednesday 12 September, but there was one phone conspicuous by its absence – the iPhone 9.

The new iPhones are set to be released on Friday 21 September, but Apple fans wondering where the iPhone 9 is will be left disappointed, because it doesn’t exist. Here’s everything you need to know about why Apple decided to give the iPhone 9 a miss this year.


After taking a close look at Apple’s product release cycle, it’s clear that the company does not release an “S” model for every phone. In fact, Apple has only released an “S” model for six out of the eleven iPhones that have been released so far. So, it’s safe to say that the iPhone 9 was never going to be released.

While some people may be disappointed that there was never an iPhone 9, it’s important to remember that every product release cycle is different and that there are always going to be rumors about upcoming products that never come to fruition.

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