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New renders may show us what next year’s new iPhones look like

iPhone X 2018 Release Date

Apple is expected to launch three distinct iPhone X successors this year, various reports have said. All of them will retain the iPhone X design, Face ID notch included, but just two models will have OLED displays. A third device will have an LCD screen, which will make it more affordable.

The notch is now a staple in Apple’s iPhone design identity, but next year’s new iPhones may have a smaller one, a report said a few days ago. Now, a series of new iPhone renders shows what the Apple’s 2019 iPhone models might look like, taking existing rumors into account.

The notch is the one iPhone X design element that stands out. That’s great for marketing, but some people still don’t like it. I did get used to it rather quickly, but after more than two months of use, the notch still bothers me. In the future, Apple will find ways to reduce the size of the top bezel, and the company has at least one patent that explains plans to include all those front-facing cameras, sensors, and speaker under the screen. But that won’t happen anytime soon.

What Apple might do in the near future is to combine elements of the TrueDepth camera with the front-facing camera to reduce the size of the notch. Mind you, that bezel-like space will still have to include the front speaker, which accounts for one-third of the current notch’s size.

How will the notch change next year? iDropNews, a site that conceived similar concepts in the past, is back with a series of “iPhone XI” designs based on current rumors.

The renders above and below show an iPhone X version that has a significantly reduced notch size. But the device in these images also has smaller side bezels than the iPhone X as well. This particular change, which isn’t backed up by any rumor, would make the notch appear to be even smaller than it currently is. I’m not sure Apple can minimize the bezel that goes around the screen any further. And as for the smaller notch, the blog suggests that this might happen on Apple’s 2018 iPhones, but rumors suggest it won’t shrink until next year.

iDropNews also shows one other rumored feature for this year’s iPhone family. Apple is expected to launch the first ever dual SIM iPhone. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple will use a dual SIM slot that would take up considerable space inside the iPhone, space that could be used to bump up battery size. Instead, Apple may add virtual eSIM support to the new iPhone and keep a single SIM tray in place.

That said, as exciting as these renders may be, they’re not based on any confirmed information. Apple won’t unveil its 2018 iPhones until September, so we’re in store for about eight more months of iPhone leaks and renders.

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Apple might retire iPhone X next year… just like it did iPhone 5 in 2013

Often, in the Apple rumor space, the what gets conflated with the why. If Apple retires iPhone X later this year, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Just ask iPhone 5.

KGI Securities financial analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a history of getting information out of Apple’s supply chain, has clarified an earlier “prediction” about Apple’s 2018 product line.

According to MacRumors, which obtained a copy of Kuo’s note:

iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch: Lowering iPhone X’s price after the 2H18 new models launch would be a negative to product brand value given 3D sensing and OLED display are features of the new high-price model. Additionally, to sell iPhone X at a lower price may have a negative impact on shipments of the new 6.1″ LCD iPhone in 2H18. Thus, we estimate iPhone X will reach end-of-life (EOL) around the middle of 2018.

Often, in the Apple rumor space, the what gets conflated with the why. Someone comes across some information and instead of just reporting the information, it gets spun into a larger narrative that, at times, is partially or completely out of context. Multiply that through a chain of broken reblogs, and hilarity can and often does ensue.

Back in 2013, Apple chose not to follow its typical strategy and reduce the price of iPhone 5 by $ 100 to sit below the new, flagship iPhone 5s. Instead, Apple introduced iPhone 5c. It was a product that better suited the market and manufacturing goals Apple had at the time.

(In 2016, Apple did the same with the original Apple Watch: It was retired in favor of Apple Watch Series 1, which was introduced alongside the new, flagship Apple Watch Series 2.)

2018 could easily be similar to 2013, where iPhone X gives way to the new, cheaper LED form factor that better suits the market and manufacturing goals (and realities), which then sits beneath the new, flagship iPhone XI devices (whatever Apple calls the second generation and larger size versions.)

Apple doesn’t set out to make one or two or three new iPhones in a year. The company sets out to make the best product line up. Often that entails keeping the previous year’s device on the market at a slightly reduced price. But not always.

Forget competing for customer attention — or OLED supply. If Apple really wants to offer a less-expensive and larger sized edge-to-edge iPhone as part of this year’s product line up, then retiring current iPhone X to make way for it is the way to do it.

(Let’s just hope it finds higher attraction among its intended customer base than iPhone 5c did.)

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