Last year we had the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. If we8217;re honest, they probably should have been called the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus as, although they introduced several new features such as wireless charging, they were essentially enhancements of the existing iPhone 7.
However, Apple had a couple of numbers to play with.
So that8217;s led to a bit of confusion over the naming for most people and has raised the legitimate question 8211; where is the iPhone 9?
Why was there an iPhone X?
iPhone X or 10 was introduced alongside iPhone 8 for a very good reason 8211; last year was the 10th anniversary of the iPhone8217;s original unveiling by Steve Jobs in January 2007 and eventual release during the latter part of that year.
In was a new design which has stayed for this year8217;s devices. There8217;s a similar notch at the top, plus the near bezel-free surround around the screen. It was clear from its statements around iPhone X that this was the direction iPhone was heading in generally.
Also gone was the traditional home button, replaced by Face ID. While the iPhone 7 and 8 (as well as their Plus equivalents) will still be available into 2019, the message is clear: Face ID phones are the way forward for Apple.
And that8217;s why there8217;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 88217;s successor, an iPhone 9, then you need to check out the new iPhone XR.