Apple is set to launch three new iPhone models at the fall event in September. The company is rumored to launch an update to existing iPhone X, a larger variant called iPhone X Plus and a LCD iPhone that could be called iPhone 9. While Apple has not officially shared any information, the company CEO Tim Cook indicated strong demand for new models at Q3 earnings call yesterday.
Here is what Apple is expected to launch in September: a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone as replacement to existing LCD models, an updated 5.8-inch iPhone X and a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus with OLED displays. All the three models are said to sport an edge-to-edge display design first introduced with iPhone X last year and will ditch the Touch ID in favor of Face ID for user authentication. While we have seen some renders of the 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD panel and that of the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, a new picture gives us a picture of all the three models likely to launch this year.
The picture shared by Venya Geskin on Twitter shows what the three new iPhone models will look like next to each other. The picture shows the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone next to the OLED-based 5.8-inch iPhone and 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus. This leaked picture gives us our best look yet at the 5.8-inch model, which will serve as middle ground to two other models with larger displays.
All the three models launching this year will feature slimmer bezels and an edge-to-edge display design. This will be the year when Apple finally stops launching iterative products based on the design first seen with the launch of iPhone 6 in 2014. All the three models will also ditch the Touch ID/Home button and will rely on Face ID, the new 3D facial recognition system currently available only on iPhone X.
Former KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting Apple’s plans, claims the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will start at $600. He also believes Apple will offer a dual-SIM variant this year that would be priced $100 more than the single-SIM variant. The LCD model is expected to drop the 3D touch and will offer single rear camera module.
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Kuo also claims that the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus will be offered in dual-SIM option this year as opposed to standard iPhone X, which will only have support for single SIM. The iPhone X might continue to start at $999 this year as well while the larger model could be priced higher by another $100 or $200. The announcement in September is seen as the turning point for Apple stock which is inching closer to $1 trillion market capitalization.