Although not a year has passed since the introduction of Apple’s iPhone X, rumors are emerging on the next iPhone. Although there is nothing official yet, here is everything we think we know about the next-generation device.
The rumors have been circulating for a while on the hypothetical iPhone 11 or iPhone XI if Apple maintains the Roman numerals. The latest news is that Apple is following Face ID, launching two larger models for their next iPhone.
The voice comes from the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and then was confirmed by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Since then, viewers have suggested that the 6.1-inch model can launch some features, including the 3D Touch and dual rear camera, all to keep costs down.
So now, read on to get more information about what you want to know about Apple’s upcoming iPhone model.
iPhone XI or 11: What you need to know
The iPhone X has been released for several months and was, at least by Apple standards, a bit ‘a failure. Reports indicate weak sales and reduced production targets, which means that the company has cut its work with the inevitable tracking device: the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XI.
There were also rumors of an iPhone X Plus, which measures 6.5 inches with a resolution of 1,242 x 2,688 pixels, codenamed D33. It is reported that the XL device will be launched later this year along with a cheaper phone, which does not yet have a code name. All of this is largely a rumor at this point, but given Apple’s annual launch cycle, we can definitely expect some kind of new device in September.
No Headphone Adapter?
Apple has removed the iPhone’s headphone jack a few years ago, but now it seems that the company could prepare to get rid of everything, even by not sending the iPhone with a 3.5mm Lightning adapter for headphones.
A new MacRumors report, which quotes Barclays, says that Apple may not include an adapter with the iPhone X Plus, so if you’re using a corded-type headphone, you’ll need to purchase it separately.
Battery and Wireless Charging
One of the most annoying things in the iPhone 2017 line was the lack of quick-charge adapters in the package. If you want to take advantage of the quick charge on iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X, you need to purchase a separate charging adapter as well as a USB-C to Lightning cable. Well, it seems that Apple has heard the collective complaints of iPhone users.
A new entry, published for the first time on Macrumors, states that the iPhones 2018 line will be sent with an 18-W USB-C adapter, as well as a USB-C cable for Lightning. With an 18-W USB-C power adapter, the phone may charge from 0 to 30 percent in about 30 minutes.
The three models of the iPhone 2018 will have more powerful batteries, based on information from KGI Securities reported for the first time on MacRumors. The iPhone 5.8 and 6.5 inches will exploit the new design of the L-shaped battery used in the iPhone X. The economic model of Apple, the iPhone 6.1-inch LCD, probably will have a rectangular battery to keep low costs.
The iPhone X was the first to present an L-shaped battery. The new L-shaped battery allows Apple to use the limited space inside the frame more efficiently. The KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that this design also allows the battery to charge faster.
A report this year at Chosun Ilbo confirmed that Apple had chosen LG Chem to provide L-shaped batteries in the iPhone 2018. While Apple depends on several companies to provide batteries for the iPhone, LG Chem is the only company which makes the batteries in the form of L.
It is also said that Apple is working with a company called Energous since 2015. Energous has created a charging method that allows you to charge your iPhone X Plus up to 15 meters from one of its transmitters. While it was said that last year’s iPhones crop included Energous’s wireless charging, the company was unable to send its transmitters in time.
OLED display design
According to The Investor, at least two of the upcoming iPhone will probably have OLED displays. In 2017, Apple placed an order with Samsung for 5.2-inch, 5.8-inch, and 6.5-inch displays. However, a subsequent September 2017 report stated that Apple canceled the 5.2-inch display order, probably due to poor marketability.
According to reports, the decrease in sales of the iPhone X is the reason why the company reduces sales costs and reduces the orders of its suppliers. This also led to a trade between Samsung Display and Apple on the price of OLED panels.
In addition to the OLED order, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple ordered panels with a Japanese display for a 6-inch model. The Japanese display makes LCD screens fully active less expensive than OLED screens, but they offer many of the same features. iPhones with a fully active LCD screen have darker blacks than a traditional LCD and can be used with wet hands.
Price and Release Date
Although the iPhone X is Apple’s most expensive phone, the company could focus on reducing costs by 2018. A report by KGI Securities states that Apple wants to “reduce costs and selling prices” before the next iPhone is launched.
AppleInsider reported that a 6.1-inch iPhone LCD model will be released in 2018. This model will be priced at $650- $750, well below the iPhone X. KGI Securities said, however, that the phone 6.1 inches, which according to reports will not have 3D Touch or a dual lens camera, will cost between $700 and $800.
According to a tweet from a Business Insider journalist, RBC Capital analyst provides more information on the future possible prices for 2018.
Amit Daryanani predicts that the 6.1-inch liquid crystal model will start at $700 and the 5-OLED model, 8 inches could start at $899 – leaving the iPhone X Plus to start at $999. Daryanani believes that Apple will reduce the initial price of the next generation of iPhone X of $100 to strengthen and increase device sales. In this way, the company can push the iPhone X Plus or the iPhone XI in the price range of $999.
At least one of the iPhone X models will feature a metal body according to a story from the Nikkei Asian Review. The 6.1-inch LCD will probably have a metal body in different colors, and a new KGI Securities report mentions that the 6.1-inch phone frame will be made of aluminum.
Casetek, the company that currently produces frames for the iPad, could be the case provider.
True Depth Camera comeback
According to a story by Mashable, the next iPhone will not feature TrueDepth 3D rear cameras. The story, based on a report by KGI Securities, says Apple will focus on launching new models with TrueDepth front cameras and stabilizing shipments. Although KGI had initially stated that the next iPhone would include TrueDepth 3D rear cameras, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple’s current cameras have a two and a half year advantage over current Android phones.
KGI Securities also predicted that the 6.1-inch iPhone could completely eliminate double-lens cameras, instead of opting for a single-lens camera. At the moment it is unclear whether Apple intends to use machine learning to implement features such as Portrait mode like Google did with Google Pixel 2, or whether it will only be a single-lens camera with unique lens functions.