Interestingly, several analysts say the £999/$999 iPhone X hasn't sold well after its initial launch buzz, largely on the basis of poor recent earnings by suppliers.
We're expecting to get two iPhone X replacements in the form of an iPhone XI or iPhone 11 and a larger version which we believe will be called the iPhone X Plus.
And might we get an iPhone SE2 this year as a bonus? Here's everything we've heard about this year's new iPhones.
New Apple iPhone release date and launch
- Announcement expected around 11 September 2018
- Unlikely to see any event rumours yet
Traditionally, Apple has held its September events within the first couple of weeks of the month and usually on a Tuesday, with pre-orders for the devices starting on the Friday of the same week.
The iPhone X was an exception to that pattern, with pre-orders not starting for six weeks after, in late October.
It will be a good few months before any event rumours appear though, with nothing likely to surface until August 2018 at the earliest.
If we had to place our bets now, we'd guess around 11 September 2018, give or take a week. It would be a good time to pencil in the diary if you want to watch Tim Cook and his buddies on stage.
Will the phone be called Apple iPhone XI or X2?
- iPhone XI (iPhone 11 in speech) or iPhone X2 will replace iPhone X
- iPhone X Plus could be the name for a larger X model
What will Apple call its iPhone 2018 models? Well, isn't that the million dollar question? The answer to which only a very select few in the Cupertino company probably know.
There has been a prediction that we will see a larger iPhone X appear with a 6.5-inch OLED display, alongside another 5.8-inch OLED model and a separate 6.1-inch device with an LCD display.
Perhaps this will mean that the new iPhones will predominantly continue with the "X" name, resulting in the iPhone XI or iPhone X2 and iPhone X Plus (in gold?) for the OLED models, with the standard iPhone 9 naming reserved for the LCD model. As we said though, it's anyone's guess at the moment.
The XI branding would make a lot of sense because it would be pronounced iPhone 11, just as iPhone X is spoken as iPhone 10.
And will there be an iPhone X Plus?
- Up to three phones on the cards
- One will be a bigger iPhone X - the iPhone X Plus
The very credible Mark Gurman at Bloomberg has confirmed that he believes there will be an iPhone X Plus. According to Gurman, Apple will release three new iPhones this September, and all three will use Face ID for authentication. This makes a lot of sense to us.
That means the new range will consist of a refreshed iPhone X (so iPhone XI), a larger version of that refreshed iPhone X (so iPhone X Plus or iPhone XI Plus), and a cheaper iPhone that combines the iPhone X’s slim-bezels with an older iPhones' LCD display - could this be called iPhone 9? There have been a lot of claims that Apple will launch a reduced-price version of the iPhone X but this could still be called iPhone X.
None of the new phones will use Touch ID and none will have a standard home button. As for the larger iPhone X's size, it will have a display close to 6.5 inches so yes, the iPhone X Plus. The current iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen.
What can we expect from the new iPhone design?
- Touch ID and the home button expected to be ditched completely
- iPhone X design expected on all 2018 models
- Stainless steel frame predicted to remain for all but bottom model
Apple made some big design changes to the iPhone with the iPhone X. It moved away from what has defined the iPhone for the last decade by removing the Touch ID home button on the front and replaced it with a notch at the top of the display, housing a new technology called Face ID.
We hear it's likely that the iPhone X design will take over for all 2018 iPhone models. By September, those who weren't initially sold on the iPhone X's design will have had 12 months to get used to it and given Tim Cook said the iPhone X lays the foundations for the next 10 years of the iPhone, we wouldn't be surprised to see all the new models feature the new design.
Early on there were rumours that Apple might launch a gold version of the iPhone X this year. But it seems Apple isn't stopping there. According to a note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac), the new colours include grey, white, blue, red, and orange.
The colours will apparently come on the cheaper model. Perhaps that won't have the iPhone X wireless charging and so won't need a glass back Apple does seem pretty dead set on moving over to wireless charging, however and other rumours around AirPower seem to suggest that
What about the new iPhone displays?
- Three models have been predicted
- Sizes ranging from 5.8-inches to 6.5-inches
- 18:9 aspect ratio expected for all
An image from case maker Olixar showing screen protectors for the new iPhone models revealed the supposed physical footprints of three iPhones with 5.8, 6.1- and 6.5-inch displays. The 5.8 and 6.5-inch models will be the iPhone X successors with OLED screens (iPhone XI or X2 and iPhone X Plus) while the 6.1-inch model will have an LCD screen - that might take on the iPhone X moniker possibly and feature a less expensive aluminum design.
Ming Chi-Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst who loves to share his Apple predictions, also believes there will be two OLED iPhone models this year, both of which will retain the stainless steel frame but offer improvements for cellular and Wi-Fi transmissions.
And he also claims there will be a third model that will have an LCD display, as we mentioned above.
Apple made a move to OLED with the iPhone X so it comes as no surprise that the company is predicted to continue to offer OLED options in 2018.
Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo also believes will be a 6.5-inch OLED model, a 5.8-inch OLED model and a 6.1-inch LCD model. The analyst shared an infographic that suggests the 6.1-inch LCD model will offer a footprint between the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus despite the larger screen, which would be possible should it adopt the 18:9 aspect ratio the iPhone X offers.
Kuo also predicted the 6.5-inch model would offer a pixel density of between 480 and 500ppi, the 5.8-inch will offer 458ppi, which is the same as the current iPhone X, and the 6.1-inch model would have between 320 and 330 pixels per inch.
Aside from pixels and size, we'd expect to see a continuation of 3D Touch on all models, the P3 wide colour gamut and Apple's True Tone technology on some, if not all 2018 models.
Will Face ID be improved?
- New TrueDepth camera rumoured
- And believed to be coming to more than one model
In mid-February, analysts from Barclays Bank claimed that the 2018 iPhone would have a smaller 'notch' than the iPhone X, based on reports and meetings they had during CES 2018 in January. This again tallies with the above image.
Analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf and Blayne Curtis believe there will be a second-generation TrueDepth camera system.
Finisar, who provide the VCSEL laser modules for the TrueDepth camera system, seemed to hint in March that the technology will be coming to multiple new iPhones this year - again tallying with what we've seen above.
Essentially, Finisar is opening up a new plant in Sherman, Texas, with the funding coming from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund. It's certainly gearing up for its components to be used in a lot more devices than just iPhone X.
What will the new iPhone cameras be like?
- Dual rear cameras on all models?
- Improvements likely
The Apple iPhone X features a dual-rear camera, as does the iPhone 8 so we wouldn't be surprised to see dual-rear cameras on all the 2018 iPhone models.
It could be that the predicted 6.1-inch LCD model features a singular rear camera, like the standard iPhone 8, but as this 6.1-inch model is suggested to offer a footprint around the same as the iPhone 8 Plus, a dual camera would presumably fit so why not offer it?
Taiwanese news outlet Economic Daily News reported in April that it is expecting an iPhone with a triple-lens camera system in 2019 instead.
What other new iPhone hardware is expected?
- A11X or A12 chip likely
- Storage will probably start from at least 64GB
- No headphone jack expected
All the 2017 Apple iPhone models featured the same A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, a neural engine and an embedded M11 motion coprocessor.
We're likely to see either an A11X processor in the 2018 iPhone models, or an A12 chip, depending on what Apple chooses to call it. Either way, it will no doubt offer performance improvements and almost certainly battery improvements.
None of the 2018 models are likely to feature microSD for storage expansion as Apple devices never have done and it is pie in the sky to suggest Apple would surrect the 3.5mm headphone jack either so expect a Lightning port only for both charging and listening to music.
Current storage options for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X are 64GB and 256GB so we'd guess the same will apply for any 2018 models, unless Apple opts to start options at 128GB. Some rumours are suggesting a top-end storage capacity of 512GB.
It's also been predicted that all the iPhone 2018 models will support gigabit LTE data transmission speeds and 4x4 MIMO standards, something the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Samsung Galaxy S8 already support. If true, expect faster speeds and the potential of improved coverage in low coverage areas.
And, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, the new iPhone flagship will have a 2 cell battery leading to increase the battery life by around 25 percent (3,300-3,400mAh). If this is an iPhone X Plus as is rumoured (with the 6.5-inch display mentioned above) then there would be only minor upgrades over last year's iPhone X.
According to a June research note by Jun Zhang of Rosenblatt Securities, Apple is expected to introduce even faster-charging tech in its new phones. According to the information, Apple will upgrade its charging circuitry from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A.
We're also expecting dual-SIM to feature in at least some way but this will probably be in the "budget" iPhone and the capability may only ship in certain territories.
A new report from South Korea's ETNews, for instance, has claimed Apple's 2019 iPhones will have a smaller notch. Oddly, this isn't the first time we've heard news about not this year's iPhone but next year's model. Bloomberg has already said Apple is developing a “3D sensor” for the back of the 2019 iPhone.
Finally, it's also rumoured that at least some of the new iPhones will introduce Apple Pencil support as Apple seeks to see off the Galaxy Note 9 and its rivals.
And what about the 2018 iPhone software?
- iOS 12 has been revealed
- Surely debuting in September alongside the new iPhones
The software is about the only thing we can be certain about when it comes to the new iPhones is that they will launch with iOS 12. Apple says it is "doubling down on performance" with this update, plus there are enhancements to Photos, Siri and ARKit to name but a few. Apps also open faster, too.
Check out more: iOS 12 features, release date, and everything you need to know and what we're expecting from the new 2018 iPad Pro.