Rumors had started about the iPhone 2018 lineup even before the iPhone X, 8 and 8 plus were revealed by the company. Much hype has been created around the Apple’s expected devices as it’s already been speculated that the Californian giant is releasing not one, not two but three iPhones this year.
This could be a significant change in the Apple lineup. Although Apple has also impressed us with iPhone X and its great features, let’s see what the company holds in its pocket to surprise its consumers this time. Here is all that you want to know about Apple’s upcoming phones.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has three new handsets in the works:
- A super-sized phone with an OLED display “close to 6.5 inches,” codenamed D33
- An updated version of the iPhone X with an OLED display codenamed D32
- A cheaper version of the iPhone X that will feature an edge-to-edge LCD display and Face ID.
In a note received by the AppleInsider, a renowned analyst Robert Cihra wrote that the name change in previous year model was significant as compared to the previous repetition in the naming pattern. It resulted in the skipping of the “iPhone 7s” name in favor of the iPhone 8 and the introduction of the iPhone X.
According to him, this may lead to “potentially simpler branding” of the phones. The “mid-range phone” will simply be called the iPhone without any suffixes while the successor of the current iPhone X may be called iPhone X 2018 with the larger version being called the iPhone X Plus.
It is not a new idea from Apple as we earlier saw that the company already dropped the name suffixes for its iPad base model which is now simply known as “iPad”.
Simplifying the model names and retaining the X branding in the same iPhone 2018 lineup may be confusing for the consumers as it might get hard to distinguish between phones without any identifying terms.
Specs and Features
A picture has been leaked by the famous leaker Ben Geskin on Twitter which shows the glass panels of all the three iPhones.
Looking closely at the picture, it reveals that all the phones will come with the same notch size which means all of them will feature the FaceID with a True Depth camera.
All the phones in the lineup are expected to come with the A12 chip. However, it was previously rumored that Apple would use improved LTE chips from Qualcomm but a recent report from CNET has revealed that iPhone 2018 line up will be using chips from Intel that will support faster LTE speeds.
Moreover, the two high-end phones are expected to sport a 4GB RAM while the mid-range LCD iPhone is speculated to have a 3 GB RAM.
The 5.8-inch model will have a display with 458 pixels per inch, while the larger 6.5-inch model will offer 480 to 500 pixels per inch. Bloomberg has said the larger model will feature a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688, which would put it closer to the pixel density of the 5.8-inch display.
However, there is no word for the camera of the iPhone 2018 lineup. All we can speculate is that Apple would certainly continue to excel its camera technology with a dual rear camera setup.
According to SlashGear, Apple has been actively working on its very own in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Another Korean site has also reported such. This type of sensor uses ultrasound to map out even the most minute details of your skin, and it is known to be the more accurate than the traditional scanners.
The French site iGeneration has uncovered results of the mysterious iPhones named iPhone 11,12 from Geekbench 4.
The results show that the devices contain the powerful Apple A12 chipset clocked at 2.49GHz and accompanied by 4GB RAM.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a former analyst at KGI securities has revealed that the company aims to introduce some new colors for its upcoming flagship.
According to Kuo, the 6.5-inch version could come in the traditional Black, White and Gold colors while the 6.1-inch phone could be available in different color options including Gray, White, Blue, Red, and Orange.
Apple usually releases its phones in September and this time we don’t expect the company to deviate from its tradition so the iPhone 2018 lineup is likely to be announced in September and will be available for sale shortly afterward.
As far as the price is concerned, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the company will go for a much user-friendly price tag. The 6.5-inch OLED device will be priced at $900 to $1,000, the 5.8-inch OLED second-generation iPhone X will be priced at $800 to $900, and the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will be priced at $600 to $700.