Apple’s done confirming its September 12 iPhone event which means it’s time for more leaks to pour in. The latest one reveals just what the company is going to call the new handsets and what they’re going to look like.
9to5Mac has managed to obtain a very official-looking render of the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone. It’s not clear where the image came from, but the report’s author Guilherme Rambo is known for providing authentic leaks. Apple is apparently going to call the smartphones the iPhone XS.
Apple’s iPhone Naming Scheme
This name has been thrown around in the past, so it’s not a complete surprise. Plus, a recent Bloomberg article claimed that Apple considers 2018 to be an ‘S’ year, so the moniker makes sense in that light. Consumers are probably going to get a bit confused with all these letters thrown into the mix, but that can’t be helped now.
It’s not clear if the 6.5-inch model is going to be called the iPhone XS Plus since Apple is said to be thinking of dropping the Plus branding. There’s no word on where this leaves the budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone which many have been referring to as the iPhone 9.
Also of note is the gold color of the iPhone XS pair in the photo above. This is a completely new shade for the X series and is sure to attract folks looking for something more eye-catching than simple black or white. Apple did leak its gold iPhone X (2017) through the FCC last year, so we know this paint job has been long in the works.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus will probably have a lot in common, with a few notable exceptions. For instance, the latter might get dual-SIM support. Some say Apple will enable virtual eSIMs to make this happen in most countries except China. The nation may get a special version with two physical SIM card slots since Apple SIMs don’t work there.