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New iPhone 2018: All the rumours and what we know

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Leaked image supposedly showing the next iPhone models

September's here and once again we’re talking about Apple’s next iPhone release.

So, what do we know?

Release date

Apple now have a fairly predictable schedule when it comes to launching their latest handsets, so we’re thinking they’re unlikely to break this tradition. Therefore, we fully expect that we will be seeing the next iPhone at the beginning of September.

So, when Apple sent out an invitation for a ‘Special Event’ on the 12th September the assumption is that we’ll be saying hello to next iPhone.

Apple's Special Event invite: Gather Round

The name

In the past, working out the name of the next iPhone has been very simple: if the last model doesn’t have an S after it, you add one, and if it does you increase the number. This was the pattern until Apple threw us a curveball by skipping the iPhone 7S and then again with the introduction of the iPhone X (especially given the company insist that it’s pronounced ‘ten’).

So where will they go after this? Will we see the appearance of the illusive iPhone 9 or perhaps we’ll be looking at the iPhone 11?

If leaks are to be believed, Apple will be naming the new model the iPhone XS. However, there are arguments that say that this name would be a homophone of the words ‘excess’ or ‘tennis’ – dependant on how you say it.

Other possibilities include Apple dropping the number system altogether at least for the lower-end, non-X model -- similar to the company's approach with its entry-level tablet, which is now just the "new iPad" every year.

The latest iPhone might come in three models

Apple are expected to be introducing three iPhones this year: a 5.8-inch OLED device, a larger-screened 6.5-inch OLED device, and a lower cost 6.1-inch device with an LCD display.

Design

The new phones are likely to be very similar in style to the iPhone X, though perhaps with some minor adjustments. Once again Apple are not expected to include a ‘home’ button or headphone jack on any of their new releases, but we could expect a sleeker design with slimmer bezels.

In recent years Apple boldest colour choices have been different shades of gold, which according to a leaked image is what we could expect from the latest release.

Features

Dual-lens rear camera (with the rumour of a triple lens array)

The new releases will most definitely feature the same dual-lens technology as their predecessors, however it is rumoured that the OLED models may feature a triple-lens array. It’s been suggested that this type of camera would enhance the iPhone’s rear zoom capacity and improve the picture quality in dim light environments.

Face ID

The latest release is rumoured to call an end to Apple’s touch-ID, with the company deploying Face ID across all the 2018 releases (including the next batch of iPads).

USB-C Power Adapter and Lightning Cable

Apple’s 2018 models could ship with an 18W USB-C power adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable to facilitate fast charging capabilities without the need for extra purchases.

A12 Processor, Ram and Storage

The new iPhones are expected to feature upgraded A12 chips, which will be approximately 10% faster than the A11 chips.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that 2018 OLED iPhones will have 4GB RAM, up from 3GB in the iPhone X and the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is expected to continue to offer 3GB RAM.

Ming-Chi Kuo also indicated that the OLED iPhone models will have a maximum of 512GB of storage, while the 6.1-inch LCD model will have a maximum of 256GB of storage.

LTE Chips

It is believed that Intel will be the exclusive supplier of LTE modems in all iPhones launched in 2018.

Price

We’ve come to expect some pretty hefty price-tags attached to Apple’s phones, and there is no reason we shouldn’t expect the same for the next release.

  • The larger-screened model (6.5-inch OLED) is expected to be priced between £770 and £860
  • The standard screen model (5.8-inch OLED) will have a price tag between £650 and £770
  • And the ‘budget’ (6.1-inch LCD) model will come in between £470 and £550
     

Other launches

While the new iPhone is likely to take the headline spot on the 12th of September. Nearly all of Apple’s product lines are due a reboot.

The event could also be used to launch the following products:

  • Apple’s latest smart watch, the Apple Watch Series 4
  • New Macs and Mac Books
  • The new iPad Pro
  • iOS 12
     

All we can do now is ‘Gather round’ and wait for Apple’s special event on the 12th of September.

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