The device is rumored to debut with upgraded internals and an old-school iPhone 8-like design, but if a new report from 9to5Macis anything to go by, it won't be coming alone.
A second model, iPhone 9 Plus, also appears to be on the way.
iOS 14 code indicates evidence of larger iPhone 9 Plus
While digging into the code of iOS 14, the folks at 9to5Mac discovered evidence suggesting that the development of a larger version of the upcoming entry-level iPhone.
This device, presumed to be iPhone 9 Plus, will pack a 5.5-inch LCD display with Touch ID fingerprint scanner at the bottom, instead of the Face ID that comes with iPhone X and newer models.
Other specs likely to be similar to iPhone 9
Though there are no firm details, the report indicates most other things on the iPhone 9 Plus are likely to be similar to the iPhone 9.
Both phones would pack Apple's A13 Bionic chipset, which comes in the iPhone 11 line of flagships, boast an iPhone 8-inspired design, and include NFC scanning - a feature that was not available on iPhone 8 or X.
No word from Apple on the devices
So far, Apple has not commented on the development of the two entry-level iPhones or when they would be available.
Previously, the smaller model was rumored to appear at an event late in March, but the spread of coronavirus led to the cancellation of the show.
Apple didn't say anything about the cancellation as the event wasn't officially announced.
How much the iPhones would cost?
Going by rumors, iPhone 9 could be priced at $399 (around Rs. 29,700) - the same price at which the iPhone SE made its debut in March 2016 - while the larger model could ship at around $449-499.
With the new low-cost models, Apple would hope to increase its shipments, which have declined due to the spread of COVID-19 over the last few months.