Apple is expected to launch three new iPhones this year, out of which, one would feature a 5.8-inch display, which will be a successor to the iPhone X. The other is expected to be the “Plus” variant of the iPhone X, and the third one is likely to be 6.1-inch affordable variant with an LCD display.
Now, according to a report on Russian site hi-tech.mail.ru, Apple will be hosting an event on September 12 to unveil the 2018 iPhone models. It is a little surprising as Apple has traditionally announced iPhones on Tuesdays, but this year, may be taking a different approach, as September 12 is a Wednesday. The pre-orders are set to start from September 14 and sale would start from September 21. However, Apple hasn’t confirmed any of this yet.
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Meanwhile, developers have managed to dig deep into Apple’s Xcode software and found references to the budget iPhone. The unannounced 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display is expected to come with a single camera at the back. Apple is reportedly using the following names for the new iPhones – “iPhone xx,” “iPhone9.7” and LCP with model number “N84.”
It is likely suggesting that the 6.1-inch iPhone in question will use a DCI-P3 LCD panel, and will be powered by Apple’s A10 SoC, the same one that is used on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. If this turns out to the true, it could be the next-gen iPhone SE featuring iPhone 7 internals. The iPhone SE featured the design of iPhone 5s, but the internals were the same as the iPhone 6s.
Besides the LCD screen and single camera at the back, the 6.1-inch iPhone is also likely to drop 3D Touch support to ensure the affordable price tag. But it could still come with the Face ID feature, while doing away with the fingerprint scanner. Rumors are hinting that the smartphone is likely to feature an edge-to-edge display and a notch on top. What’s more, it is also expected to come with dual SIM support, but only in China. We wouldn’t be surprised to see dual SIM support on the Indian variant as well.