We’ve been seeing renders and dummy models of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone AKA iPhone 9 for a while now, giving us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the so-called “budget” iPhone. Here to make things more interesting is a new leak which claims to show a live image of the handset.
The snapshot has gotten uploaded to Slashleaks by a relatively new leaker, so there’s no way to back up its authenticity. The device in the photo certainly matches the description of the iPhone 9 which has come out so far. It has a glass back, likely to support wireless charging. There’s a single camera which is larger than the one on the iPhone 8.
Unfortunately, only the top half of the alleged iPhone 9 can be seen in the image. Without more evidence, there’s no way to tell if this is the real deal or a well-made dummy. It’s plausible that at this stage of the production process someone would have gotten hold of a unit and snapped a quick picture.
2018 iPad Pro Design
In related Apple news, the 2018 iPad Pro has shown up in the rumor mills once again. The leak comes courtesy 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo who has once again dug through the iOS 12 developer beta to find out what the company is planning next.
It seems there’s a new asset which hints that the iPad Pro will have a display with rounded corners. It’s a mask used to round the corners of a UI element. The mask takes the form of a rounded rectangle or squircle. There’s even mention of the model number J3xx, with J3 being code for the 2018 iPad Pro.
Interestingly, the report says that there’s a similar asset in place for the entry-level LCD iPhone 9 which has the internal name N84. Rounded corners means that the device will look just like its OLED siblings, the iPhone X (2018) and iPhone X Plus.
The image above is from the iOS Simulator, showing just what these rounded corners appear like in iOS 12, in addition to what the split-screen view looks like. It should be noted that this is a test and not a final design, so the official style could be a bit different.