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Top 5 Next iPhone Rumors - GearUP^

VO: Marc Saltzman WRITTEN BY: Marc Saltzman
Say what you want about Apple, when it comes to smartphones, iPhone is king. It’s the one device that gets everyone buzzing – users, carriers, tech reviewers, and broadcast media -- especially in the west where iPhone dominates heavily. So, what’s next you ask? What magical device will Apple unveil this September?

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Say what you want about Apple, when it comes to smartphones, iPhone is king. It’s the one device that gets everyone buzzing – users, carriers, tech reviewers, and broadcast media -- especially in the west where iPhone dominates heavily. So, what’s next you ask? What magical device will Apple unveil this September?

Hey everyone, welcome to Gear Up, the WatchMojo series that looks at the latest in gadgets, gear and games. I’m Marc Saltzman, and in this video, it’s a look at the latest in iPhone rumors, speculation and leaks. We’ve combed through all the top Apple and iPhone sites and blogs, and summarized what you need to know. Again, these are unsubstantiated rumors but from credible sources.

OK, number 1: Three new iPhones cometh

Apple is likely to launch not one, or two but three new iPhones. The first flagship device is said to be a second-gen version of the iPhone X, one of the best-selling phones of 2018. This new version will rock the same 5.8-inch OLED display, but with some updated specs under the hood and a larger rear camera on the back to accommodate a bigger camera sensor.

The second new iPhone might be considered an "iPhone X Plus," a supersized OLED display as larger as 6.5 inches. Not only would this be the biggest iPhone to date – and almost twice the size of the original iPhone -- but this is even bigger than Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy Note9, at 6.4 inches. Some schematics and reports have the larger iPhone as the same size as the Note9, at 6.4 inches. But with virtually no bezels and no Home button, it won’t look or feel too big in the hand.

Allegedly, Apple’s third phone will be a more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display opposed to a pricier OLED screen – but said to be better-looking than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus display – and without some other bells and whistles, as well.

Number 2. Upgraded specs. Duh!

As you might expect from Apple every September, the new iPhones – especially the new iPhone X [TEN] and iPhone X Plus – or whatever they’ll be called – will have some impressive specifications, which includes an upgraded A12 processor, which could be 20 to 30 percent faster, says Macworld, along with improved LTE chips from Intel that support a faster 4G cellular connection, and a USB-C to Lightning cable for faster charging speeds – if you believe the hype.

These new flagship phones will continue with Face ID and a TrueDepth camera system, and so we likely won’t see an under-the-glass Touch ID debut anytime soon, plus you can expect the same glass body for wireless charging as iPhone X – but new color options.

Reportedly, Apple's 2018 iPhones could use Corning's Gorilla Glass 6, which is more durable and able to better stand up to multiple drops compared to the previous iteration of Gorilla Glass. In the screen department, Apple will continue to work with Samsung on some of its screens but lean on LG Display for the larger 6.5-inch OLED iPhone.

OK, battery life: not one of Apple’s strengths. And current rumors suggest Apple will continue to use a two-cell L-shaped design for the batteries in the new 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhones, but the larger 6.5-inch iPhone is said to be big enough to squeeze in a larger battery that may be somewhere around 3300 to 3400 milliamps – still shy of Samsung’s 4000 milliamp battery in the Galaxy Note9. The new A12 processor is also said to help offer notably better standby life, too.

Number 3: A triple camera system?

Will Apple follow Huawei and its P20 Pro and deliver a three-camera system on the back of the new iPhone X or iPhone X Plus, to help convince customers to spend a little more?

According to the Korea Herald, the larger 6.5-inch iPhone – let’s call it the iPhone X [ten] Plus -- will use a triple-lens camera setup, perhaps similar in approach to Huawei’s latest. We know how important photography is to Apple, and so they need to do something to catch up. If the rumors are true, this will come ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S10, likely to be released in early 2019, though the site MacRumors reminds us we’ve heard this about a triple-camera in an iPhone for a few years now, and according to their sources, may not be seen from Apple until the fall of 2019.

A third lens could likely enable 3x optical zoom on an iPhone for the first time, enabling users to magnify the image up to three times without having to move closer to the subject and with no loss discernable in quality. A third-lens could also help with low-light performance, and with augmented reality, by utilizing 3D sensing technology for a greater effect.

Number 4: A stylus?

According to investment firm Rosenblatt Securities and some CNET reporting based on similar rumors, the new iPhones that have an OLED screen – that is, the 5.8 and 6.5 inch models -- may support an "iPen" device. Yes, similar to the iPad’s Apple Pencil support for those who want to write, draw, sketch and have greater precision overall, may also be able to do that with a support iPhone debuting this fall.

Apple, however, may feel it’s too much like Samsung’s S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note family – and now wirelessly enabled with the Note9’s stylus – but this rumor has more validity this year than in the past because of the Apple Pencil. And we know Apple likes to sell accessories that enjoy a healthy mark-up, so this might be the year we see an iPen, and the like. Would YOU use one if it supported it? More than just playing around with adult coloring books?

Number 5: eSIM support

In case you’re not up on the technology, many believe smartphones will begin utilizing a virtual SIM card or eSIM, to replace physical SIM cards provided by a carrier. Why? One benefit is they can be programmed and reprogrammed over the air, so you can switch networks at will – and without having to buy a piece of plastic in person and physically insert it into the phone.

According to Barrons, Apple may be working with a company called STMicro to bring eSIM to its line of 2018 iPhones. After all, this company already supplies the Apple Watch Series 3 with eSIM components – which is why you don’t need to add a SIM for cellular connectivity, so why not iPhones next? Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Google were the first mainstream phones to support eSIMs.

On a related note, according to 9to5Mac, the 6.5-inch iPhone could add support for two SIM cards, which we’ve seen in many Android phones and ideal for anyone who does a lot of traveling between countries with different wireless providers or for those who want one number for work and one for personal use. One of those SIMs could be an eSIM, as well, though rumor has it there is a dual SIM tray.


So, while not earth shattering, this is the latest look at iPhone rumor ahead of its September launch event. You still excited? If you’re an Android user, as I am, is this enough for you to switch? Tell us in the comments section!

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