The iPhone 11 was just announced at Apple’s big 2019 iPhone event. But if you’ve come to this article, you’re probably wondering – what happened to the iPhone 9 and/or iPhone 10?
If you just want to cut to the chase, the iPhone XR is the closest thing to an iPhone 9 we’ll ever get. Check out our latest iPhone XR deals. The iPhone X (which was actually pronounced as ‘iPhone 10’) is now completely discontinued.
What happened to the iPhone 10?
Let’s answer the iPhone 10 question first as it’s easy. There actually WAS an iPhone 10 launched in late 2017, but it was known as the iPhone X. The ‘X’ was actually pronounced 10, not “iPhone EX” as most people would say. Nobody ever called it “iPhone 10” (unless they worked in a phone shop or Apple store and had to).
Here it is pictured below, but if you want to buy one you’re out of luck as it has been completely discontinued. Its successor was the very similar iPhone XS which has in turn been now been replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro – now with a triple instead of dual camera.
iPhone X or iPhone 10 was introduced alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus for a very good reason – 2017 was the 10th anniversary of the iPhone’s original unveiling by Steve Jobs in January 2007.
What happened to the iPhone 9?
As we mentioned, in 2017 Apple launched the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. If we’re honest, they probably should have been called the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus as, while they introduced several new features such as wireless charging, they were essentially enhancements of the existing iPhone 7. As we saw with 2018’s iPhone XS, Apple usually uses the ‘S’ suffix to denote a refresh as opposed to a complete redesign.
And, as we said, Apple also launched the iPhone X or iPhone 10. Not only was that name to mark a decade since Apple’s first iPhone, but it also represented a new start for iPhone, heralding a new design using Face ID and binning the Home Button. Gone was the traditional home button. While the iPhone 8 remains available and rumours persist about a cheaper iPhone with Touch ID returning, the message is clear: Face ID phones are the way forward for premium Apple handsets.
And that’s why there’s no iPhone 9; those days have gone. And if you want to know what you should buy if you were planning to get the iPhone 8’s successor, an iPhone 9, then you need to check out the iPhone XR, (or 10-R as Apple want it to be pronounced) or the new iPhone 11.
A final note; it’s not that unusual for companies to miss out a sequential number in product names. Sometimes this is done because a number is considered to be unlucky in some countries.
But often it’s for the same reason that Apple skipped 9 – because the company wants to signify a new beginning for a product, just as Microsoft did when it skipped Windows 9 and went straight to Windows 10 from Windows 8 (OK, it was Windows 8.1 for the pedants out there).