This iPhone 9 concept will delight anyone who wanted a Pixel 3 running iOS

Iphone 9 Concept
Iphone 9 Concept (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • This concept imagines an iPhone 9 with a few tweaks.
  • The rear panel looks...familiar.
  • That's because it looks like a Pixel 3.

We might be hearing rumors that Apple's planned March launch for iPhone 9 has been canned, but that isn't going to spoil everyone's fun. A new concept video showing what it might look like makes for an interesting watch.

Created by someone calling themselves Hacker 34, the video was spotted by Cult of Mac and shows us what iPhone 9 could pack when it is finally announced.

The concept shows us all of the things we've come to expect via various leaks, including the Home button and a 4.7-inch LCD screen. But it's around the back that things get interesting.

Rather than the glass that we've become accustomed to – remember, iPhone 9 is said to resemble iPhone 8 – this thing appears to have something altogether different. It may be glass, but it's got an odd look. A bit like the Pixel 3 that does have a glass back, but it looks almost like polycarbonate. Whatever the reason, this thing looks like a Pixel 3 from the back. See what I mean?

Google Pixel 3 All Colors

Google Pixel 3 All Colors (Image credit: iMore)

So I'm going to hand it over to you. Would you buy this if it turns out to be what iPhone 9 looks like?

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.