Leaked images claim to reveal Apple’s new iPhone and Watch ahead of their official unveiling on September 12th.
9to5Mac posted the images, claiming they are ‘not a mockup’.
They reveal a new big screen ‘iPhone XS Plus’, believed to have a 6.5inch screen, and its smaller ‘iPhone XS’ counterpart with a 5.8inch screen, alongside a ‘Series 4’ version of Apple’s Watch.
The iPhone XS: The two premium devices have 6.1 and 6.5inch OLED screens, it is believed. 9to5Mac says its images ‘are not a mockup’
‘9to5Mac can exclusively share the first look at both new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones: the iPhone XS,’ the site said.
The images also reveal the handsets will be available in a new gold colour.
Apple leaked its own gold version of the iPhone X through the FCC, but it has not been available to purchase.
A third, cheaper version is also expected to be unveiled.
In a separate posting, the site reveals what it claims is the new version of Apple’s Watch.
The image also shows a ‘ brand new watch face capable of showing way more information than the current faces offered’
‘The biggest change is the all-new edge-to-edge display,’ it says.
Previous rumours have claimed Apple has rediced the bezel on the Watch, imcreasing the screen size by around 15%.
The image also shows a ‘brand new watch face capable of showing way more information than the current faces offered.’
Both the Digital Crown and side button appear modified from the current Apple Watch models as well.
Apple earlier today sent out invites for the launch of the latest version of the iPhone and Watch.
It will take place on September 12th at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s ‘spaceship’ HQ in Cupertino.
The golden ‘gather round’ invites show the circular HQ.
It is believed that Apple is branding this year’s lineup an ‘S year’ – meaning the new devices will mostly include internal improvements, instead of any major aesthetic overhauls, Bloomberg claimed earlier this week.
This tallies with previous reports that suggest Apple will launch three new models that resemble the existing iPhone X all-screen design on September 12th.
The three models are tipped to boast 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch displays.
The launch will take place on September 12th at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s ‘spaceship’ HQ in Cupertino.
All three models could have a battery charge that lasts for more than a day thanks to a new Apple-designed processor that is set to increase battery life by as much as 40 per cent.
A 6.5-inch iPhone, referred to internally as D33, will feature Apple’s largest screen yet, as well as new features like the ability to view content in a side-by-side view.
While it will be the biggest phone in the lineup, Apple is said to be mulling whether or not it should drop the ‘Plus’ label for the 6.5-inch device, Bloomberg noted.
The 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch models will both feature improved processing speed and upgraded cameras. It’s unclear what specific changes will be made.
Apple’s big iPhone launch event is less than a month away and new details have surfaced about what the tech giant may have in store for the next iteration of its flagship device
Apple will try to appeal to price-sensitive consumers with a 6.1-inch model that’s most akin to the iPhone 8, aside from the addition of a bezel-less screen.
The devices are also set to have a new processor, expected to be called the Apple A12, that will significantly improve the battery life in all three models.
The next-generation chipset will have an increased number of transistors, which are tiny switches that allow electricity to pass through the processor.
Last year’s iPhone chip had a gap of 10 nanometres between each transistor, however, this year Apple is tipped to shrink that to seven nanometres.
Smaller gaps between transistors mean the chip can work more efficiently and requires less power to work, resulting in more battery life.
TSMC, the manufacturer behind Apple-branded processors, estimates its 7nm chips require around 40 per cent less power than their predecessors.
If Apple adopts the new chipset design for its new models, as analysts predict, iPhone users can expect a significant bump in battery.
Apple is also expected to include a number of battery life optimisations that will help to reduce battery drain when the phone is asleep, writes MacWorld.
However, the latest estimates are subject to a number of other details about the phone. Real-world battery life is also affected by other factors, including the number of apps, type of display, and the efficiency of cellular and Wi-Fi radios in the phone.
Elsewhere, the three new iPhone models are tipped to launch in several colours, include an aluminium (rather than stainless steel) chassis, and sport an LCD display.
Since all three models will feature an edge-to-edge display, they’ll also have the gesture-based control system used in the iPhone X, which replaces the need for a home button.
Apple’s facial recognition system ‘Face ID’ will also be included in all three devices.
Keeping with earlier rumours, Apple is expected to introduce dual SIM technology for the two larger phones in some regions, Bloomberg noted.
Including dual SIM support would allow users to switch between mobile carrier plans more easily. This feature is likely to appeal to international users who frequently travel to different countries.
Another detail that remains unclear is how Apple will brand its new smartphones.
It’s unlikely to brand the new premium phones as the iPhone XS, as this is likely to be read by consumers as ‘excess’ or ‘extra small’.
However, moving to the iPhone XI (iPhone 11) would signal a bigger aesthetic upgrade than the company might necessarily want, given that it is an ‘S year’.
The iPhone isn’t the only Apple device expected to get a facelift at this year’s event.
Apple is also expected to release an Apple Watch with a bigger screen, as well as revamped iPad Pro models that feature slimmer bezels, Bloomberg noted.
WHAT ARE THE 2018 iPHONE RUMOURS SO FAR?
Apple only launched the iPhone X a few months ago, but the latest rumours of its 2018 smartphone have already hit the web.
In August, rumours from the supply chain said the iPhone 9 will be available in two sizes, including one with a massive screen that would be Apple’s biggest yet.
The ‘Plus’ size will reportedly have a 6.46-inch screen and will be sold alongside a smaller 5.85-inch model in a bid to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note.
The leak came from a source within Samsung Display, the sole OLED supplier for the upcoming iPhones.
The source also said the smaller version was originally going to be a 5.28-inch model but that the firm upped it to 5.85 inches because of growing consumer demand for bigger-screen phones.
In August rumours from the supply chain said the iPhone 9 will be available in two sizes, including one with a massive screen that would be Apple’s biggest yet (stock image, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus)
A recent Apple leak suggested the firm could cancel the iPhone X.
An analyst says the new model’s disappointing sales could lead to the phone being cancelled – with production stopping as soon as this summer.
This could be the first time Apple has cancelled a phone model since the iPhone 5C in 2014.
Experts believe the lack of interest in the phone is largely due to the notch, which many potential Chinese customers believe removes too much space on the screen.
Now, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says Apple will release three new iPhone models including a slightly cheaper 6.1-inch phone without 3D touch.
It could also release an updated iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED screen and a larger 6.5-inch OLED model, potentially called the iPhone X Plus.
The 6.1-inch phone will feature an aluminium frame similar to the iPhone 8 and the display will be an LCD panel instead of OLED, he predicted.
The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will have similar specifications as the current design but an OLED display and 4GB of RAM, he predicts.
All three models could also have charge that lasts for more than a day thanks to a new processor that is set to increase battery life by as much as 40 per cent.