Apple is expected to launch three variants of the iPhone this year – a budget 6.1-inch model with an LCD display that will replace the iPhone 8, the iPhone X successor with an OLED display, and the most premium will be the iPhone X Plus variant with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Rumours in the past have suggested that Apple is planning to launch the three new iPhone variants as part of its annual refresh coming up in September 2018. While countless speculations are making the round of the internet, a new report has leaked images and a hands-on video claiming to showcase the dummy models of the iPhone 9 and iPhone X Plus and lending more weight to the rumours.
A video posted by tipster Shai Mizrachi, shared by 9to5Mac, shows two of the three expected iPhone models from Apple’s 2018 lineup – the purported iPhone 9 and the iPhone X Plus. Additionally, in the video, we can see cases on the dummy models from an accessory maker Skech. This means case manufacturers have started making the designs much before the official announcement from Apple. Case manufacturers are usually a common source of leaks, as they get details related to handsets before their launch, to ensure that their products are mass produced by the time of release.
Coming to the iPhone X Plus model seen in the video, the physical size of the handset the same as that of the iPhone 8 Plus but comes with a larger 6.5-inch display. This is because the iPhone X Plus will get rid of the bezels featured on the iPhone 7 Plus.
Meanwhile, the 6.1-inch iPhone rumoured for the lineup, allegedly called iPhone 9, could be Apple’s entry-level variant. As per previous reports, this lower-end iPhone in the new range that will come with an LCD panel, and could be priced between $600 (roughly Rs. 40,300) and $700 (roughly Rs.47,000). Last month, a video showing the 3D mockups of the 2018 iPhone models, including the 6.1-inch variant, had appeared online. In that video, the three models were compared to different previous generation iPhone models. The information present in the latest video are mostly a repetition of what we have already seen before.
The front view of the iPhone dummies does not show the display moulding. However, they feature the expected rear camera setups for each respective 2018 variant. Notably, the video does not show the expected 5.8-inch OLED model. Interestingly, Mizrachi wants us to stay tuned for “another surprise.”