IPhone 2018 naming and pricing leaks - even the cheap one is expensive

James Marshall
September 10, 2018

Previous rumours have seemingly revealed that the more expensive, premium new iPhones will be called the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus, but the latest also reveals the name of the third device: iPhone XC. Apple will launch a Plus version of the iPhone X this year, with 6.5-inch OLED display. That's all up in the air.

At its WWDC event in June, Apple unveiled the new operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV - called iOS 12, Watch OS 5, and tvOS 12, respectively. Original, no Snake 2 nonsense. Geskin also confirms the phone's size - 6.1 inches - and its LCD display. Still, none of the phones will feature breakthrough new features, with more significant changes planned for next year, the people said. The image also consists of a tagline "The new iPhone is on the market". All these specs for the 6.1-incher make sense because Apple is planning to position this as a more "entry-level" device, the price of which would be at par with the iPhone X's lesser co-star past year, the iPhone 8, which is now priced starting at Dh2,991.50, which is about $815.

Apple's flagship iPhone X may get a minor upgrade this year, but the company could expand its core design elements into a line of phones -- with names that sound like confusing clothing sizes. Usually, Apple comes up with only one availability date for worldwide.

Apple has a dedicated page right here for the event, so bookmark it at your earliest opportunity.


Still, Apple has faced tight supply of the new low-priced model due to minor complications fitting backlights for the LCD screen, according to people familiar with the matter. The company plans to introduce new Apple Watches with larger screens that go almost edge-to-edge, showing the user more information.

Apple may announce when its AirPower wireless charging pad will be available. And they also likely agree to keep those details under-wraps until Apple officially launches new devices to avoid leaking any unconfirmed information.

Other possibilities include a new iPad Pro, a closer look at the new Apple Park campus and political commentary from Tim Cook.

While the iPhones will be the Wednesday's main attraction, Apple's growing smartwatch business will see stage time, too. This time around it will focus on graphic designers and other professional users, who have been asking for new Macs that meet their more-demanding needs.

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