Everyone is waiting with bated breath for Apple’s new iPhones to arrive in a few weeks, making it the perfect time for a new report to provide a sneak peak at what to expect. The Bloomberg article confirms many rumors and adds a couple of new details here and there.
As per people familiar with the matter, Apple is labeling this year’s launch as an “S year,” meaning it’s sticking to the same design while incorporating new specs. The brand is apparently planning bigger changes with the 2019 iPhones. For now, it’s releasing three iPhones with an iPhone X-like look at various price points and sizes.
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Instead of trying to gain new users, Apple’s main aims are to increase its average rates and expand the number of active iPhones to support its streaming services and accessories. As for the iPhones, there’s going to be a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone which is internally dubbed the D33. It’s big enough to support split-screen multitasking for apps like Mail and Calendar, a big plus.
Then there’s the D32, the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X sequel. Both the D32 and D33 will likely have stainless steel edges, dual cameras, a glass back, and faster A12 processors. The third new iPhone is set apart from the others by the codename N84. It apparently looks just like the iPhone X thanks to a notch design, but is going to be considerably cheaper.
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Differences include a 6.1-inch LCD screen and aluminum edges which won’t necessarily match the color of the back. Speaking of colors, Apple is probably going to announce the budget iPhone in a variety of shades. Another new change is the possibility of dual-SIM support in some regions. Even the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone is expected to get on board with this.
It seems Apple is just as confused as we are about what to call the new iPhones. It’s said to have changed the names many times. Possible candidates include the “iPhone Xs” since this is an S year. There’s a chance it’ll drop the Plus label for the 6.5-inch OLED version to avoid confusion with the 6.1-inch LCD variant.
The report also devoted a few lines to the new AirPods, AirPower wireless charging mat, Apple Watch Series 4, and iPad Pros. The new smartwatch is going to feature larger displays with narrow bezels, allowing it to retain the same overall size. Insiders confirmed that it’ll be compatible with existing straps, so folks won’t have to buy new ones.
Apple is making the borders slimmer on the iPad Pro as well. Expected sizes include an 11-inch iteration and a 12.9-inch one. The Home button and Touch ID will probably be replaced by gestures and Face ID, respectively. The iPad mini and 9.7-inch iPad aren’t getting refreshed this year.