Citing anonymous sources “familiar” with the developments, Bloomberg said in a Monday report that Apple is getting ready to add “a trio of new smartphones” to its iPhone lineup, sometime later this year.
In addition to an iPhone X-sized upgraded version and a cheaper model on the lines of the iPhone X design, the company’s most talked-about release, based on the Bloomberg revelation, will be a ‘biggest ever’ iPhone, boasting a 6.5-inch display.
If Bloomberg is to be believed, Apple is in the process of running production tests with suppliers in regard to the three expected iPhone additions to its already impressive array.
However, on conditions of anonymity, Bloomberg sources have said that there’s always the chance of a change in plans.
While there have been previous reports and rumors concerning the three possible additions to the iPhone family in 2018, none has been as comprehensive about the specification and improvements details of the three phones as Bloomberg’s Monday piece.
The big boy among the three, codenamed D33, will incorporate a 6.5-inch screen on a body the size of the iPhone 8 Plus, made possible by the edge-to-edge design technology used on the iPhone X.
Other features that the D33 is expected to include – according to Bloomberg sources “familiar with the products” – are:
- Face ID scanner to unlock the device and enable payments
- It will incorporate a next-generation A12 processor
- A 1242 x 2688-pixel screen resolution
- An OLED display like the one on the iPhone X
Also, the upgraded version of the current iPhone X – internally being called the D32 – will also have the A12 processor with the possibility of a gold color choice for both the D32 and the D33 high-end phones, keeping in mind the Asian market where demand for the gold option is especially high. Currently, the iPhone X is available in just two colors, the silver gray and the space gray.
There’s also the likelihood that the D33 will be offered with a dual-SIM option in selected regions where multiple carrier plans are available, allowing customers the flexibility to use two simultaneous plans “without having to swap out cards,” reports Bloomberg.
However, Apple has yet to take a final call on the dual-SIM feature and may well decide to wait it out until the E-SIM technology becomes commonplace on smartphones. When it does happen, the technology will allow users to access multiple networks without the requirement of a removable SIM.
While the company does have the technology on its iPad and Apple Watch, opposition by some carriers as far as incorporating the technology on iPhones is concerned, has been holding the company back.
Both the high-end phones are due to get an upgraded operating system, which has been codenamed “Peace” and is likely to be called iOS 12.
Also, the phones will, reportedly, include “upgraded augmented reality capabilities deeper integration of the Siri digital assistant, digital health monitoring and the ability to use Animojis in FaceTime.”
The third and the cheaper iPhone will be based on the iPhone X design, as aforementioned, but with a few compromises, of course, in order to allow the company to sell it at a relatively lower price.
So, what are the compromises being made on the cheaper model?
Well, Bloomberg says that it will have aluminum edges and a glass back similar to that on the iPhone 8 instead of the more expensive stainless steel used on the iPhone X. It will also include an LCD screen, again similar to the iPhone 8 screen technology.
KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo said in a January report that the cheaper model will have a 6.1-inch display and will do away with the 3D Touch feature available on all iPhones since the iPhone 6S.
Calling the D33 a “big deal,” Loup Ventures co-founder Gene Munster said:
“When you have a measurable upgrade in screen size, people go to update their phone in droves. We saw that with the iPhone 6, and we think this is setting up to be a similar step up in growth.”
He also said that “the market that will see the biggest jump in sales is likely Asia,” because of “the many single-device consumers” who prefer “big phones.”