This year we are to expect possibly three new handsets from Apple, all of which are allegedly going to released around the same time. While we all await confirmation from Apple HQ of the official details, we’re putting together a collection of rumours, speculations and latest news as it drops.
When will the new iPhone be released?
Apple have a tendency to release new iPhone handsets in September and this would follow suit nicely, what with the iPhone 8 having been released in September 2017. This means that there’s potentially less than three months until you could get your hands on the new model. There is, of course, always the chance that Apple will release more than one model at varying times- most assuming that there will be at least three releases- and it’s suspected that the third handset, will be released in October.
What will the new iPhone be called?
Ahead of the launch in Autumn 2018, a lot of discussion has been had around what Apple will name its newest flagship device. Apple have kept us on our toes with their most recent launches, making it harder to predict the outcome of the long-awaited name-release. Will they pick up where they left off and offer us an iPhone 9 or 9 Plus? Will they skip that entirely and follow on from the iPhone X with an iPhone 11? If that’s the case, would it specifically be an iPhone 11 or an iPhone XI? With all that being said, Apple could produce an additive to the X and release an X Plus!
Macworld asked their readers in a poll what they thought the highly anticipated name would be. 38% thought it could be the iPhone Xi (pronounced iPhone 11), 28% thought iPhone X plus and the iPhone 2018 received the fewest votes with just 7%. The third, cheaper handset release is predicted to be named the iPhone 9.
What will the new iPhone feature?
There have been deliberations as to whether the phone will feature a triple lens camera, facial recognition and an edge-to-edge screen. Out of the three (predicted) releases, it appears that two will feature an OLED screen display. One will be 6.5-inch, which means that when the phone is turned to landscape, you’ll see more in certain apps like you would on an iPad. As the iPhones are set to feature bigger screens, the prospect of an Apple pen or stylus becomes more and more relevant. Having said this, it’s not looking likely for this year’s launch. It’s theorised that all three will feature Face ID, due to the ongoing technological challenges involved with Touch ID, although this will undoubtedly be decided based on the feedback from iPhone X users. They could also decide to create a new version of fingerprint scanning using Touch ID, but on the display itself rather than on the home button.
Following previous releases, we can easily predict the processor that these new Apple devices will have. The iPhone 7 had the A10 Fusion, the iPhone 8 and X had the A11 Bionic and so you would expect that the next iPhone would feature an A12 processor followed by a new code name. It’s suspected that the processor will be quicker and more efficient, improving the device’s performance even further.
According to Mashable, the cheaper handset rumoured to be launching is predicted to have a single rear camera lens and be made of a lighter aluminium, but still have a glass back to accommodate wireless charging. It was recently revealed that Apple could be making fast-charging much easier for this handset launch, by including a fast charger in the box. This means that you won’t have to go out and purchase a separate charger if you want to use this particular feature!
It’s been speculated that the first, more expensive phone could come in grey, white, blue and orange, with the cheaper, third model coming in yellow and taupe too.
How much will it cost?
Finally, the all-important question- will the new phone have a smaller price tag? If we’re to take a look at previous handset launches and the pattern of their pricing, the price of this device, with its 5.8-inch screen, could be around $1,100, starting around $100 more than the iPhone X.
However, it also seems as though one of the three iPhone releases will feature an LCD screen and will be a cheaper alternative. With all of this in mind, anything could happen between now and September, so we will keep this page updated as soon as we hear anything new.
How will it compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?
The next iPhone will allegedly follow suit with a large screen (6.3inch to be precise). Looking at the performance of the iPhone X’s processor compared to the Note9’s, the Apple device easily wins that race- and it’s expected that the next releases will have an even faster processor as detailed above. So how will the pricing compare? With the iPhone X starting at $999, the same price as the newest Note, the cost of the next iPhone will almost definitely be more than the Samsung device- and it’s predicted it could be upwards of around $1,100. The largest amount of storage available on the Note9 is 512GB, whereas the iPhone X only offers half of that. Because of this, Apple could start their storage at 128GB in order to keep up with Samsung, which will only heighten the cost factor!