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Apple to Release Three New iPhones in 2018 with Face ID: Bloomberg

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Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is out with a new report, citing Apple’s plans to release three new iPhone models in 2018, providing new details on what to expect from each model.

iPhone X Plus (far right) concept from CURVED Labs

The largest model would include an OLED display of nearly 6.5-inches and have a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688, code named D33. Essentially, this would be an iPhone with about the same physical size as iPhone 8 Plus, but with an edge-to-edge design seen from the iPhone X. This model of course will include Face ID.

Bloomberg says Apple is considering a dual-SIM card feature for the 6.5-inch model, but could also wait for E-SIM technology, as currently used in iPad cellular models and Apple Watch LTE models, which do not require a physical SIM card.

Another model set to replace the existing iPhone X, known as D32 internally, will bring hardware updates, which are expected to be the A12 chip and also include other features such as Face ID.

The third iPhone model coming out, would utilize design cues from the iPhone X and include features such as Face ID, to go with an edge-to-edge display, which would be LCD instead, for a lower cost, while also utilize aluminum edges instead of stainless steel seen in the iPhone X.

As for colours, Apple may debut gold for the 6.5-inch and iPhone X successor. Apparently, the company tried to introduce gold for iPhone X but ran into production problems.

Bloomberg’s report corroborates what we have previously heard from KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, in January. The analyst at the time, revealed Apple’s purported 2018 iPhone line-up, noting three new models, including 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models, plus a 6.1-inch LCD model.

Just yesterday, Chinese web forums reportedly ‘leaked’ a 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ screen part, adding fuel to the fire about a larger ‘X’ model for the fall.

Face ID 1.0 is truly magical, probably the best feature of iPhone X. It just works and learns your face really well. Remember the Home button? What’s that again?

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  • Tim Stewart

    3 phones over 2 lines… Just like last year, what could go wrong?

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    I like E-SIM technology in theory, but in practice you’re locked into using it with only one device. I like to be able to use a single SIM for multiple devices. If the carriers let us do that with E-SIM (maybe restricting it to use with one device at a time) then it would be great.

  • jabohn

    I’m still not interested in FaceID and won’t be buying an iPhone with it for as long as I can. I thought over time I might be convinced but actually now I’m even more convinced that TouchID just works better over all. TouchID is just more natural. I don’t want to have to bring my phone up to my face every time I need it unlocked. Time will tell if Apple can tweak FaceID to work more naturally as well.

  • FragilityG4

    If you use it you will see it’s far better than Touch ID. The phone can stay at arms length like you naturally hold it (also on an angle). It doesn’t have to be right in front of your face. Your notifications can be hidden until your face is present. When you look at your phone the ringer volume goes down. When logging into sites it checks your face first for another layer of security. If you see an email in lock screen you don’t want you after it checks your face you can just 3D Touch it and hit delete. Honestly it so much better than Touch ID you have to use it to see the magic!

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