Even though the dust on iPhone X has hardly settled, the rumors surrounding iPhone X Plus aka iPhone 11 have been doing the rounds for quite some time. Expectedly, many fans would love to keep an eye on certain things like iPhone X Plus release date, price, features, design, etc.
When we found the rumors and reports regarding 2018 iPhones steaming up, we thought it's time to get close to the winds and tap on the things that are soon going to headline across the tech universe. And boy, this year seems to be even more exciting as there are plenty of things on the cards!
iPhone 11/iPhone X Plus Release Date, Price and Features
Though the term “unpredictability” with regards to iPhones may have almost disappeared, even the biggest critics would admit that the excitement remains on the seventh heaven- untouched and unparalleled. You just need to take a glance at the Google's most trending search terms ranking of 2017 to believe how wonderfully iPhone 8 and iPhone X rocked internet (iPhone 8 and iPhone X ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively just behind Hurricane Irma.)
iPhone 2018 Release Date
In recent years, Apple has consistently unveiled its new iPhones in September. Hence, we expect iPhone X Plus or iPhone 11 to be introduced in September 2018.
However, the tech giant was not able to launch all of its iPhones at the same time in 2017 due to manufacturing issues. The much-awaited iPhone X was launched around one month after iPhone 8/8 Plus. But this year, we expect the company to be pretty much on the target as it, most likely, won't tweak the design of the smartphone.
And yes, the issue with the TrueDepth camera is also more or less settled. So, the tech giant just has to concentrate on minor tweaks and ramp up the production to meet the demand.
Noted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple won't miss the September launch date in 2018. He states that the company's focus in 2018 will be to ensure that all the new models are ready to meet the same shipping date.
Rumors are also doing the rounds for the release of iPhone SE 2. But we think it's going to be introduced in Spring.
“Apple will release a new iPhone SE 2 in the first half of next year to storm emerging markets and ignite the first battle of next year's “machine war” between Apple and non-Apple. It is understood that the iPhone SE 2 new machine by Wistron exclusive OEM, the trial production at the earliest this year, the first quarter of next year began heavy volume, stand firmly iPhone's third largest assembly plant status.” – Economic Daily News
Three New Models
Apple is rumored to launch a trio of iPhone models in 2018. And that includes 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models with OLED displays and a 6.1-inch model with an LCD display. The new TFT-LCD model is designed to for the low-end & midrange markets.
“Two new OLED models target high-end market; new TFT-LCD model aims at low-end & midrange markets: We believe the major hardware difference in the two new OLED models is size, in a bid to satisfy various needs of the high-end market. The new TFT-LCD model will differ significantly from the OLED models in hardware and design specs (for instance, the PPI will be lower). The primary selling points of the TFT-LCD model may be the innovative user experience of an integrated full-screen design and 3D sensing with a lower price tag.” – Ming-Chi Kuo
Citing “a source privy to the company's product designs,” Nikkei has reported that the Cupertino-based company is likely to launch two new OLED models, in 6.3in and 5.8in sizes, and an LCD phone measuring 6.1in.
“Apple is likely to release another new iPhone with a liquid crystal display next year, according to a source privy to the company's product designs. The source also said Apple is tentatively planning two new handsets equipped with organic light-emitting diode displays.” – Nikkei
iPhone X Plus Colors
The OLED models will continue to be available in space gray and silver. However, 6.1-inch LCD model is said to sport a metal back just like older iPhones and available in several colors.
iPhone X Plus Price Prediction
As for price, we expect the price of OLED models will start at $999 and max out at around $1,150. The price of the LCD model may start at $649-749 and max out at approximately $850.
As of now, there is not much clarity about the features that are going to arrive on iPhones 2018. The tech giant will not tinker with the design. There would be some minor spec bumps.
Some of the things that are being talked about are long-range wireless charging, in-screen Touch ID, Apple Pencil compatibility.
I'm very curious for the rear-facing 3D scanner (for AR)
Bloomberg reports that 2018's iPhone 11 may come with a 3D scanner on its rear sensor array. “This is in addition to – and distinct from – the existing TrueDepth scanner on the front, which is used for Face ID, Animoji and similar features, and which “relies on a structured-light technique that projects a pattern of 30,000 laser dots onto a user's face and measures the distortion”.
The arrival of 3D scanner would be yet another crown jewel for the iPhone and further bolster augmented reality experience.
When more news and rumors start surfacing regarding features, we will update this post. So stay tuned for more…