2018 iPhone mockups hint at new details

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2018 iPhone rumors 3D mockups
3D mockups might reveal additional info about the 2018 iPhone models.
Photo: Mac Otakara

The release of Apple’s next smartphones is apparently close enough that the Asian supply chain has detailed specifications on the design. These have been used to create 3D mockups.

A video comparing these to current iPhone models reveals new details about Apple’s plans.

Unconfirmed reports have indicated for months that there’re three models coming this fall.

The new video from Mac Otakara shows that one device will have exactly the same 5.8-inch form factor at the current iPhone X. A case designed for the 2017 model fits on the mockup. Call this the iPhone Xs, as the primary change is expected to be a faster Apple A12 processor.

2018 iPhone Xs Plus and iPhone 9

Rumors have long pointed to a version of the iPhone X with a 6.5-inch screen. The latest unconfirmed mockup indicates the OLED display will actually be 6.4 inches, however.

The casing is 6.18 x 3.05 x 0.31 inches (157.5 x 77.4 by 7.9 mm). That makes it almost exactly the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus despite the newer model’s larger screen. However, a case won’t fit because the camera has been reconfigured. Given its size, it could be called the iPhone Xs Plus.

The camera opening is the same size as the ones for iPhone X and Xs, making room for a dual lenses.

The third Apple model that’s been the subject of so many rumors has a 6.1-inch LCD screen. Overall, the device is 5.9 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches (150.9 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm), according to the 3D mockup based on leaked information.

The single camera lens is larger than the one in the iPhone 7, suggesting higher resolution.

One possible name for this is iPhone 9, as it will be less advanced than the iPhone X. Still, it’s expected to have Face ID, just like all the 2018 iPhone models.

According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone Xs will cost between $800 and $900, while the iPhone Xs Plus will be between $900 and $1000. The iPhone 9 will supposedly be relatively more affordable: somewhere between $600 and $700.