Last week Apple ’accidentally’ leaked its new flagship iPhone X Plus (twice). The move brings this model a lot of attention, but don’t be fooled. New information reveals it is actually the much cheaper iPhone 9 which deserves your money…
Popular (and historically accurate) Chinese media outlet Economic Daily News, has released an insider report which corrects an earlier leak claiming the iPhone X Plus would support dual sims. Instead, EDN reveals the only new iPhone model which will support dual sim is actually the iPhone 9.
Given iOS 12 beta code has already confirmed dual sim iPhone functionality is coming, the obvious question is Why would Apple limit this functionality to its cheapest model? And you’re not going to like the answer.
EDN claims the reason is that Apple plans to restrict the dual sim iPhone 9 to China and sell a single sim variant everywhere else.
For context, demand for dual sim phones is extremely high in China, but this doesn’t explain why a) Apple would develop an iPhone with this technology then deny it to the rest of the world, and b) not offer all new iPhone models with dual sims in China. After all, if the 6.1-inch iPhone 9 can fit dual sim, surely so can the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus.
Admittedly, rivals like Samsung often do this but Apple has always operated differently and refused to slice and dice iPhone features for different markets. Something the company’s fans applaud.
That said, if EDN is proved right then it shows Apple really is focusing its greatest technological efforts on its most affordable iPhone. While the new iPhone X (details) is simply an internally updated version of last year’s iPhone X, and the iPhone X Plus (details) is just a big version of that, the iPhone 9 is following up its dual sim capabilities with groundbreaking display technology capable of giving it even thinner bezels than its more expensive stablemates.
Furthermore, while Apple is cutting all iPhone prices this year, the iPhone 9 is the model with the most crowd-pleasing cost. As such, with the purchasing decision clear, the biggest remaining question is if Apple will actually call it the ‘iPhone 9’ or something else…
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