by MARK SPOONAUER, taken from http://www.tomsguide.com
Here come the next iPhones
The next iPhones are coming, and there could be a trio of new models from Apple this fall. If the rumors prove true, we could be looking at bigger screens — maybe even as large as 6.5 inches — cheaper prices and a new way to charge. You can also expect a speed boost in more ways than one. Here’s a closer look at the most interesting rumors we’ve heard so far about the new iPhones for 2018.
Three models on the way
It looks like Apple is embracing bigger screens with the next iPhones. Bloomberg
This is definitely a moving target, but there could be good news if you sat out the last round of iPhones because they were too pricey. MacRumors reports that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could start as low as $550 for a single-SIM model. The dual-SIM variant would cost $650. Other reports peg this entry-level iPhone starting at $699, which would be the same as today’s iPhone 8.
What about the iPhone X2? Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says the iPhone X sequel will cost $899, which would be $100 less than the current model. The iPhone X Plus would run $999. Interestingly, the same site claimed that the LCD iPhone will be called the iPhone SE and start at $799, though it’s more likely Apple does away with iPhone SE brand altogether.
reports that Apple will release three new iPhones this year, and the iPhone X Plus could sport a 6.5-inch OLED display. There should also be a successor to the OLED iPhone X at the same 5.8-inch size. And Apple will likely introduce a new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that should be the most affordable of the three devices. This handset may forgo dual rear cameras to keep the price down.
USB-C fast charging. Finally
It’s about time. It’s very possible that Apple will adopt fast charging with the next iPhones — without requiring an additional purchase. With the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, you have to spend an extra $68 for accessories to juice up fast. But if a recent report is true, a USB-C power brick and a USB-C-to-Lighting cable will come with the next iPhones this time around. Expect to be able to charge the iPhone X2, the iPhone X Plus and the iPhone 9 to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.
Apple could be sprucing things up in a big way for this year’s iPhones. According to 9to5Mac, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will come in black, white and a new gold. And the LCD iPhone will be available in grey, white, blue, red and orange.
Even faster A12 processor
Based on leaked benchmark results, Apple’s new 7-nanometer A12 processor won’t be the big leap forward that the A11 Bionic was, but it will widen the speed gap between the iPhone and Android handsets. As reported by BGR, the A12-powered iPhone prototype scored 10,912 on the multicore portion of the Geekbench 4 benchmarks, which measures overall performance. That would be just 5 percent faster than the iPhone X. However, single-core performance is tracking 15 percent faster.
The fastest current Android phone? That would be the OnePlus 6, which hit 9,098 on the multicore Geekbench 4 test, but it uses 8GB of RAM on top of its Snapdragon 845 processor to reach that score.
Three camera lenses (maybe)
According to a Forbes contributor who obtained a schematic showing what is purported to be this year’s iPhone X Plus, it may sport three lenses. But it could also just be two lenses and a flash sensor being shown. More likely, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, is that Apple is working on three rear cameras for its 2019 iPhones. This setup may allow the iPhone to offer a 3X optical zoom for the first time.
The notch is coming back (and Face ID for all)
When the iPhone X launched, the notch was derided by some. And then pretty much every Android phone maker copied the look. The next iPhones are expected to share the same design as the current iPhone X. That means slim bezels and a notch at the top of the screen to house the True Depth camera and other components.
If a leaked video of what could be dummy units for the iPhone X Plus and iPhone 9 is legit, the 6.1-inch iPhone 9 is larger than the iPhone X and sports a single rear camera. The 6.5-inch iPhone X would seem to be massive, but the phone’’ frame could wind up being no larger than today’s iPhone 8 Plus because of the lack of bezels on the former.
While a 5G iPhone is at least another year away, Apple should speed up the 4G performance of its next iPhones. MacRumors has reported that Apple wants to take advantage of improved LTE chips, which means you should see faster download and upload speeds, as well as less latency. The Galaxy S9 smoked the iPhone X in our 4G speed testing, so Apple could really use a boost here.