A Bloomberg report today provides more information about Apples upcoming 2018 iPhone lineup while also confirming some of the previous rumors we had heard.
The report states the 2018 iPhones are all going to be about an ‘s’ upgrade. This means the 5.8-inch iPhone X and the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus primarily focus on speed and camera improvements like Apple has done with its previous ‘s’ iPhone upgrades.
Citing insiders, the report claims that Apple is planning to keep unveil major changes to its 2019 iPhones. The ‘s’ style refresh is likely going to disappoint a lot of users who were expecting Apple to make some major changes once again.
However, none of the three iPhones will be wholly new designs like the iPhone X was last year or the iPhone 6 in 2014, with some inside Apple labeling the launch as an “S year,” a designation the company has given to new handsets that retain the previous design but add new internal features. The company is planning more significant changes for next year, they added.
The iPhone X Plus is going to be the highlight of Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup. Internally dubbed as ‘D33,’ it will start at $999 and sport a massive 6.5-inch OLED display in a body with dimensions similar to that of the iPhone 7/8 Plus. Apple will distinguish the handset from other 2018 iPhones by offering split-screen functionality for it.
As for the 2018 5.8-inch iPhone X, it has been internally codenamed as ‘D32’. Apart from faster internals, it will feature an upgraded camera. The two OLED iPhones will also feature dual-SIM connectivity in some regions.
The two OLED iPhones will be complemented by a budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone internally called ‘N84’. All three iPhones will sport a design similar to the iPhone X from last year, with Apple cutting corners with the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to keep its price in check. This includes a shift to an aluminum chassis and an LCD display. All three iPhones will feature Face ID and lack Touch ID. Apple also plans on launching them in multiple colors as a way to spice up their design.
The report highlights the conundrum that Apple is currently facing with the naming of its 2018 iPhones. It is considering calling the OLED iPhones as ‘iPhone Xs’ and completely drop the ‘Plus’ moniker for the larger iPhone.