WHAT WILL THE NEW IPHONE LOOK LIKE?
Well, here’s what it will look like
Yup, that looks like an iPhone to me. The gold is different, but other than that there’s little to go on from this image.
WHAT WILL IT BE CALLED?
iPhone XS seems the most likely pick (for now, at any rate), in the footsteps of the iPhone X (where X is pronounced “ten,” although given how many people I know call it “X,” there’s clearly a lot of brand confusion out there).
Another name that’s been floating around for the plus-sized iPhone is ” iPhone XS Max.” Sounds like a terrible name to me, but I’m pretty sure that no matter what it ends up being called, it will be a sure-fire success.
But I’ve come across a number of other possible names:
- iPhone XI
- iPhone 11
- iPhone X2
- iPhone X Plus
- iPhone 2018
Another possibility is that Apple simplifies the line-up and switches to calling the new iPhone simply iPhone.
Also possible is something like the iPhone Pro, especially if Apple unveils three separate handsets.
WHAT ABOUT THE RELEASE DATE?
Well, we now have a launch date. September 12th.
Well, OK, Apple hasn’t made is clear that this is an iPhone launch. Officially, this is all we know about the event:
But it is an iPhone launch!
It’s likely that a new chip, likely called the A12, will power the new iPhones, and if past performance is anything to go by, we can expect both processing power and graphics performance to double.
As far as who will make the chip, the smart money says that TSMC has horned Samsung aside, and will be using its 7-nanometer process, which will be a big improvement over the current 10-nanometer process used for the A11 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
The wireless modem this time around is likely to be an Intel product as opposed to Qualcomm. How do we know this? It came straight out of the mouth of Qualcomm CFO George Davis last month:
“We believe Apple intends to solely use our competitors’ modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release. We will continue to provide modems for Apple legacy devices.”
It’s also likely that Apple will expend Face ID across the range, phasing out Touch ID (with the facial recognition technology also likely coming to the iPad).
Another possibility is that the next crop of iPhones will support the Apple Pencil, offering you the chance to buy yet another accessory to go with your smartphone!
And since someone is bound to ask, as for how much RAM, I don’t know. The current crop of iPhones come with 3-gigabytes, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus come with 4- and 6-gigabytes, respectively. Apple generally doesn’t go adding components just to put on the spec sheet – primarily to keep costs down – so I wouldn’t be surprised if this year’s iPhones come with 4-gigabytes.
WHAT ABOUT PRICING?
In a note to subscribers sent out in March, Apple analyst suggested some aggressive pricing for the new iPhone line-up:
- 6.5-inch OLED – $1,199
- 5.8-inch OLED – $999
- 6.1-inch LCD – $849
Bear in mind that these are starting prices, and higher storage capacities will bump the prices up.
GOODBYE TOUCH ID
It seems very likely that 2018 will be the end of the line for Touch ID on never iPhones. It will likely stick around on the iPhone SE, the older crop of iPhones that Apple continues to sell, and the iPad (although I expect it to vanish from the iPad Pro at the next update), but Face ID is the direction Apple will want to go in.
Well, it’s cutting edge and ahead of what other players in the market have to offer. It also offers side benefits, such as expanding the reach of features such as Animojis (I’m not judging you if you’re into such things, really I’m not). Also, It allows Apple to free up real estate on the front of a device by dispensing with buttons and so on.
So get used to staring at your phone to unlock it, and to swiping and gesturing to make up for not having a button to press, because that’s the future.
WATCH THE EVENT LIVE!
Not received an invite to the iPhone launch event next week? No worries! You can get a front-row seat right using your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even Windows 10 PC (yes Windows users, Apple wants your dollars too!).