Apple’s next big release is the iPhone 9, which was originally projected to launch in March and is now expected to debut this month, but it looks like that not even the Cupertino-based tech giant can pick a date for the unveiling.
According to information that first emerged earlier this week, Apple is considering April 15 as the potential day when the iPhone 9 could be announced officially, obviously via a press release on its website given the current pandemic.
April 15 is a Wednesday, and although this doesn’t make sense at first glance given Apple typically launches new products on Tuesdays, the company has recently introduced the new iPads on a Wednesday as well, so this date could be accurate.
But on the other hand, YouTuber Jon Prosser, who also revealed the April 15 date, says Apple is currently considering launching the iPhone 9 a day earlier for a reason that’s as funny as it is sad.
OnePlus plan to launch the OnePlus 8 on April 14 with an online event, so Apple wants to do the same thing with the iPhone 9 to technically crash its rival’s launch party.
The OnePlus 6T precedent
Prosser insists that this isn’t an April Fools’ prank, despite Apple’s plan really sounding ridiculous at first glance. But at the end of the day, you really shouldn’t be surprised if Apple turns to such a dirty strategy, as this wouldn’t be the first time the company goes after OnePlus to crash its party.
Back on October 30, 2018, Apple did pretty much the same thing when it decided to launch a series of products, including an iPad Pro and a MacBook Air upgrade, the same day when OnePlus announced an event for the OnePlus 6T.
Needless to say, Apple’s announcements generate much more buzz overall than OnePlus, so the purpose here is pretty obvious. Whether or not the iPhone maker will play this petty game again this year is something that remains to be seen because the company has obviously remained completely tight-lipped on everything related to the iPhone 9.