We’re likely less than a month away from Apple’s big unveil of its new 2018 iPhone models. While there’s a lot we know about the new devices coming this year, one key mystery is what sort of naming structure Apple plans to use this year.
As we’ve highlighted before, Apple pretty clearly backed itself into a corner by calling its 2017 flagship device the iPhone X, and simultaneously introducing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8. We’ve talked a lot about what Apple could do this year to make things right thus far.
Apple is expected to introduce three new iPhones as soon as next month: an iterative update over the current iPhone X, a larger ‘Plus’ model of the iPhone X, and a 6.1-inch LCD model with the iPhone X’s design.
For the iPhone X’s iterative update, things are especially unclear. iPhone XS doesn’t make sense as that would imply “extra small” to many people. iPhone XX also goes down a very interesting path, to say the least.
Meanwhile, the larger-screened Plus model naming likely depends on the nomenclature of the 5.8-inch model. For the 6.1-inch LCD model, one of the most common suggestions thus far has been ‘iPhone 9,’ which makes sense seeing as it’s technically an upgrade to the iPhone 8.
Apple is reportedly planning to launch three new smartphones – iPhone 9, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus – on September 12. If the rumours are legit, the iPhone 9 will be Apple’s ‘entry-level’ offering and will pack an iPhone X like 6.1-inch LCD screen with room up top for Face ID,” the Inquirer reported on Tuesday. The report also said that iPhone 9 will be the most-affordable smartphone by Apple in 2018.
According to market research firm TrendForce, Apple’s 2018 iPhones will offer Apple Pencil support and up to 512GB built-in storage, the report said. It’s unclear whether these features, similar to those found on Samsung’s newly-launched Galaxy Note 9, will be available on all three incoming iPhones or reserved for Apple’s higher-end OLED models.
Personally, I’d love to see Apple ditch the number scheme altogether this year, much like Ben suggested. What exactly that entails is unclear, but it’s a move Apple made with the iPad that has worked out well, so it makes sense to extend that to the iPhone as well.
What do you think each of this year’s new iPhone models will be called? Let us know down in the comments!