Waiting for this year8217;s new iPhone? Now we know the basics of the forthcoming iOS 12, it seems a safe bet that the new iPhone will be with us alongside the final release of Apple8217;s new phone software in September.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus followed the traditional iPhone design and were essentially 8216;S8217; versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, while the iPhone X shook things up 8211; though several analysts say the iPhone X hasn8217;t sold well after its initial launch buzz, largely on the basis of poor recent earnings by suppliers.
So will we see an iPhone 9 and 9 Plus, as well as a successor to the iPhone X called the iPhone XI or iPhone X2? And might we get an iPhone SE2 this year as a bonus? There are also rumours that Apple might launch a gold version of the iPhone X this year which could be even bigger 8211; iPhone X Plus.
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There8217;s also a question whether the iPhone home button will well and truly die (so no iPhone 9) and the iPhone X design take over for all 2018 models? That8217;s likely but certainly in no way a given.
- Won8217;t be released until September 2018
- Unlikely to see any event rumours until August 2018
- An educated guess would be around 11 September 2018
Traditionally, Apple has held its September events within the first couple of weeks of the month and usually on a Tuesday, with pre-orders for the devices they announce starting on the Friday of the same week.
The iPhone X was an exception to that pattern, with pre-orders not starting for six weeks after, in late October.
If we had to place our bets now, we8217;d guess around 11 September 2018, give or take a week. It would be a good time to pencil in the diary if you want to watch Tim Cook and his buddies on stage.
- Can I get iOS 12 on my existing iPhone or iPad yet?
- iPhone XI (iPhone 11 in speech), iPhone X2?
- iPhone X Plus could be name for a larger X model
- Will Apple skip iPhone 9?
We might see an iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus, or we might see Apple skip 8220;98221; altogether. There has been a prediction that we will see a larger iPhone X appear with a 6.5-inch OLED display, alongside another 5.8-inch OLED model and a separate 6.1-inch device with an LCD display.
Perhaps this will mean that the new iPhones will predominantly continue with the 8220;X8221; name, resulting in the iPhone XI or iPhone X2 and iPhone X Plus (in gold?) for the OLED models, with the standard iPhone 9 naming reserved for the LCD model. As we said though, it8217;s anyone8217;s guess at the moment.
A few reports have claimed that the company wants to roll out a plus-sized version of the iPhone X, but now, a new report from the very-credible Mark Gurman at Bloomberg seems to confirm the speculation. According to Gurman, Apple will release three new iPhones this September, and all three will use Face ID for authentication.
The new range will consist of a refreshed iPhone X, a larger version of that refreshed iPhone X, and a cheaper iPhone that combines the iPhone X’s slim-bezels with older iPhones8217; LCD display 8211; maybe the iPhone 9.
None of them will use Touch ID. As for the larger iPhone X8217;s size, it will have a display close to 6.5 inches so yes, the iPhone X Plus. The current iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen.
There have been a lot of claims that Apple will launch a reduced-price version of the iPhone X. This is very likely to be the iPhone 8 replacement, but there will probably be a higher-up model as well.
- TouchID expected to be ditched completely
- iPhone X design expected on all 2018 models
- Stainless steel frame predicted to remain but we think a switch to aluminium more likely
Apple made some big design changes to the iPhone with the iPhone X. It moved away from what has defined the iPhone for the last decade by removing the TouchID home button on the front and replacing it with a notch at the top of the display, housing a new technology called FaceID.
The iPhone X isn8217;t to everyone8217;s taste though, and many don8217;t like change, which is probably one of the reasons why the company chose to release the more traditional iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models alongside it. Don8217;t count on the same strategy this year though.
By September 2018, those who weren8217;t initially sold on the iPhone X8217;s design will have had 12 months to get used to it and given Tim Cook said the iPhone X lays the foundations for the next 10 years of the iPhone, we wouldn8217;t be surprised to see all the 2018 models feature the new design.
Ming Chi-Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst who loves to share his Apple predictions, believes there will be two OLED iPhone models this year, both of which will retain the stainless steel frame but offer improvements for cellular and Wi-Fi transmissions. He also claims there will be a third model that will have an LCD display, as we mentioned briefly above, suggesting this will be a cheaper option.
Kuo does predict all three models will lose TouchID in favour of FaceID however, which makes sense. We aren8217;t convinced about Apple retaining stainless steel though. In fact, while ditching the old design entirely is a perfectly plausible move, the £1000 starting price of the iPhone X is steep and a switch to aluminium would presumably help reduce this so for now, we8217;re placing our bets on at least one aluminium frame, if not all.
Analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf and Blayne Curtis believe this year8217;s iPhone X upgrade, plus a possible, larger iPhone X Plus, will come with a second-generation TrueDepth camera system.
Finisar, who provide the VCSEL laser modules for the TrueDepth camera system, seemed to hint in March that the technology will be coming to multiple new iPhones this year.
Essentially, Finisar is opening up a new plant in Sherman, Texas, with the funding coming from Apple8217;s Advanced Manufacturing Fund. It8217;s certainly gearing up for its components to be used in a lot more devices than just iPhone X.
- Three models have been predicted
- Sizes ranging from 5.8-inches to 6.5-inches
- 18:9 aspect ratio expected for all
According to Ming Chi-Kuo, there will be a 6.5-inch OLED model, a 5.8-inch OLED model and a 6.1-inch LCD model. The analyst shared an infographic that suggests the 6.1-inch LCD model will offer a footprint between the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus despite the larger screen, which would be possible should it adopt the 18:9 aspect ratio the iPhone X offers.
Kuo also predicted the 6.5-inch model would offer a pixel density of between 480 and 500ppi, the 5.8-inch will offer 458ppi, which is the same as the current iPhone X, and the 6.1-inch model would have between 320 and 330 pixels per inch. If this is the case, none of the 2018 models will offer a Quad HD resolution like the likes of Samsung8217;s Galaxy S8 or LG8217;s V30.
It8217;s all predictions and guesswork for now though so if you8217;re all about the pixels, don8217;t be too disheartened just yet. Aside from pixels and size, we8217;d expect to see a continuation of 3D Touch on all models, the P3 wide colour gamut and Apple8217;s True Tone technology on some, if not all 2018 models.
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- Dual rear cameras on all models?
- Improvements likely
- TrueDepth camera expected on front of all models
It could be that the predicted 6.1-inch LCD model features a singular rear camera, like the standard iPhone 8, but as this 6.1-inch model is suggested to offer a footprint around the same as the iPhone 8 Plus, a dual camera would presumably fit so why not offer it?
It8217;s also worth expecting some, if not all, models that launch this year to offer the TrueDepth front camera for FaceID and those fun, even if a little gimmicky, Animojis.
- A11X or A12 chip likely
- Storage models will probably start from at least 64GB
- No headphone jack expected
A new year brings a new chip, always. That means we are likely to see either an A11X processor in the 2018 iPhone models, or an A12 chip, depending on what Apple chooses to call it. Either way, it will no doubt offer performance improvements and possibly battery improvements if you8217;re lucky.
None of the 2018 models are likely to feature microSD for storage expansion as Apple devices never have done and they aren8217;t likely to resurrect the 3.5mm headphone jack either so expect a Lightning port only for both charging and listening to music.
Current storage options for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X are 64GB and 256GB so we8217;d guess the same will apply for any 2018 models, unless Apple opts to start options at 128GB. We certainly don8217;t expect lower than 64GB.
It8217;s also been predicted that all the iPhone 2018 models will support gigabit LTE data transmission speeds and 4215;4 MIMO standards, something the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Samsung Galaxy S8 already support. If true, expect faster speeds and the potential of improved coverage in low coverage areas.
A new report from South Korea8217;s ETNews, for instance, has claimed Apple8217;s future iPhones will have a smaller notch 8211; certainly from 2019.
Oddly, this isn8217;t the first time we8217;ve heard news about not this year8217;s iPhone but next year8217;s model. Bloomberg has already said Apple is developing a “3D sensor” for the back of the 2019 iPhone.
And, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, the new iPhone flagship will have a 2 cell battery leading to increase the battery life by around 25 percent (3,300-3,400mAh). If this is an iPhone X Plus as is rumoured (with the 6.5-inch display mentioned above) then there would be only minor upgrades over last year8217;s iPhone X.
According to a June research note by Jun Zhang of Rosenblatt Securities, Apple is expected to introduce even faster charging tech in its new phones. According to the information, Apple will upgrade its charging circuitry from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A.
The software is about the only thing we can be certain about when it comes to the new iPhones is that they will launch with iOS 12. Apple says it is 8220;doubling down on performance8221; with this update, plus there are enhancements to Photos, Siri and ARKit to name but a few.
We won8217;t know any concrete details on the 2018 iPhone, or iPhones, until they officially launch because while there are always plenty of leaks and speculation regarding Apple devices, Apple is better than some companies at keeping final details under wraps.
With that in mind, you8217;ll need to keep your expectations under control when reading about the rumours as more often than not, they turn out to be the stuff of dreams rather than reality.