Apple8217;s 2018 iPhones will be all about diversifying the appeal, rather than wowing with a host of new features, according to a new report.
As has been reported ad nauseam in the last few months, today8217;s update reiterates Apple8217;s line up will include a high-end, 6-5-inch iPhone with an OLED display and a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X successor. There8217;ll also be an entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display, with a glass back and aluminium edges. The latter is also expected to be available in a wider range of colours.
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However, none of the releases will diverge from the iPhone X design language introduced in 2017, while larger new features will be saved until next year, the report says. Speed and camera boosts are among the expected improvements.
Indeed, Gurman says Apple employees are referring to this as 8220;an S year8221; – the naming tradition for the incremental hardware updates offered every other calendar year.
Speaking of the names, Apple is considering using the iPhone Xs monicker for the 2018 models, while also dropping the 8216;Plus8217; label – which it has used since the first larger-screen iPhone – for the 6.5-inch model. No final decision has been made over naming, according to the report.
Today8217;s update also corroborates previous reporting claiming Apple would finally launch the AirPower wireless charging solution alongside the 2018 iPhones. Also expected this autumn are new Apple Watch models and iPad Pro tablets with thinner bezels and larger displays.
If tradition is followed, the iPhone launch will be on or around September 12, while the other products may arrive on the same day, or at a later event in October.