iPhone X to step down next month. Apple newbies to step up
In September 2007, Apple thrilled the world when the first iPhone was released. Yet again, In September 2017, Apple kept everyone on edge, when on the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, it finally released the anticipated innovation: the iPhone X.
With the iPhone X, it was clear that Apple was not only moving towards a new era, but it also allowed Apple to reach one trillion dollars in market cap, and another milestone, by having record number revenues last quarter
However, with the new quarter upon us, and September just a few days away, Apple will supposedly launch the highly anticipated series of new iPhones.
Good rumors are circulating every detail in the new iPhones.
For the sake of reference (because no one knows yet what the new iPhones will be called), we would like to call them: iPhone Xs (5.8″), Xs Plus (6.5″), and 6.1″.
We start with the screen, the thing you look at it first..
CNET, a tech/news site, claims that Apple will upgrade the iPhone X but will keep its 5.8-inch 458ppi display and a more significant “Plus” sibling will come with a 6.5-inch 480-500ppi display. These two iPhones will become Apple’s 2018 flagships and will employ OLED multi-touch displays which Apple markets as “Super Retina HD display.”
The 2018 iPhones will be joined by a new mid-sized variant with a 6.1-inch 320-330ppi display which will continue to use an LCD, which the current iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have, Apple markets these as the “Retina HD display.”
To achieve the same iPhone X look for the LCD on the 6.1-inch iPhone, according to DigiTimes, Apple has joined-up with Japan’s Nichia whom with Apple have developed a new kind of LED backlighting technology that will require smaller connectors which it refers to as the 0.3t LED chip.
The new displays, according to Jony Ives, Apples’s Chief Design Officer, will be the new standard of all iPhones for the next ten years.
However, the upcoming models with new displays, alongside HDR capability and Force Touch will come with an extra feature.
GSMarena believes that the new iPhones might come with Apple Pencil support for it to compete with the Note9. That might prove to be unlikely considering that Apple introduced the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro, and then later added support to other models of the iPad such as the iPad 9.7 inch, because both models came with a 120Hz displays for smoother scrolling and drawing which is what makes the Apple Pencil incredibly superior to the competition (Surface Pro and Samsung Tab).
Current OLED displays can reach 60Hz, and while LCD can be manufactured to achieve 120Hz fluidity, it is unlikely that Apple will add a 120Hz screen on its $700 model but omit that from its $1000 model.
Cheaper iPhones to come
That brings us to the pricing of these models, the iPhone X new siblings will feature OLED displays and are said to have a price tag of $1,000 for the iPhone “Xs Plus,” and $850 for the iPhone “Xs.” The new kid on the block that will come with LCD technology will probably have a $700 price tag, according to 9to5Mac.
Another news heard around the grapevine is that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will come in more colors, according to 9to5mac.
One area where rivals are winning over Apple is in their use of more dazzling colors. The iPhone X is still only model available in Silver and Space Grey finishes, and no “Product Red” edition was launched, a Gold version was spotted at the FCC, but it hasn’t seen the light of day yet.
According to TechRadar, Apple will finally offer the flagship iPhones in a Gold finish.
The report even says Apple will offer the 6.1-inch iPhone in a greater range of colors, potentially including Blue, Red, Grey, White, and Orange.
However, an area Apple will shine yet again is in photography.
At a minimum, we expect all three flagships to come with the dual camera system like the iPhone X.
However, Forbes reports that the Plus model (6.5-inch iPhone) will come with a three-sensor arrangement, like the P20 Pro.
A recent announcement last week by Sony, the supplier of iPhone camera lenses, sparked new rumors, by GSMarena. Recently Sony introduced the IMX586 a smartphone camera lens with 48 MP Quad Bayer 2×2 pixel array, and publicly, Sony stated that the sensor would begin arriving in smartphones as early as September 2018. The sliver of hope is that this sensor will come with the soon to be announced iPhone Plus model as one of the three cameras, like the P20 Pro.
The iPhone’s chipset internals will see a significant change, and it’s safe to assume, going by previous iPhone releases, that Apple will introduce the next generation of its A-Series chipsets, the A12 with the new generation. It’s expected that the A12 will benefit from not only faster performance but also a subsequent decrease in power consumption, according to CNET.
Apple is infamous for the amount of RAM within its devices (while Samsung puts 4GB RAM into their flagships Apple is still sticking with 2GB), so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Apple decides to up its RAM to 4GB and add software features to accommodate it.
These are all overlapping rumors from various sources but take them with a pinch of salt, as nothing is certain until Tim Cook steps on the stage at Apple’s yet to be announced annual September event.