Evidence continues to mount that Apple's next iPhone announcement will happen this month. The iPhone 9, otherwise known as the iPhone SE 2, will enter the market as Apple's next budget smartphone. With a lower cost, updated internal components, and a design similar to the iPhone 8, the upcoming iPhone could hit shelves as early as April 22nd. Reports indicate that Apple was planning a media event for late March, however with a global pandemic ongoing these plans have changed.
The iPhone SE is one of the last Apple devices to ship with a headphone jack. It is safe to assume that all future devices, including the iPhone 9 (or iPhone SE 2) will not include a 3.5 mm headphone jack. This means Apple users will have to get used to using Lightning-connected headphones or wireless devices to listen to audio with all future next-generation devices.
While nothing has been officially confirmed, the iPhone 9 is expected to ship with the same A13 processor as the iPhone 8. If true, this will be a significant upgrade from the A9 chip found in the iPhone SE. Other rumored specs include 3GB of RAM, a single 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a larger 4.7-inch display.