Coming soon to the news near you– new iPhones. Every year, for a few months leading up to Apple’s announcement for new iPhones, the rumors begin to appear. Then, a week or so before the actual announcement, the crazy rumors disappear and more plausible options appear.
As much as iPhone X got all the hype in 2017, the new iPhone line gets similar hype for different reasons. The most recent changes to items coming out of the Rumor Mill™ are about the new iPhone names.
My favorite iPhone rumors:
For almost 10 years iPhones have lived on a so-called tick-tock schedule. iPhone 4, then iPhone 4s. iPhone 5, then iPhone 5s, and so on. That changed last year when Apple skipped the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus and went straight to iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.
What about this year?
iPhone X becomes iPhone XS. If so, we’re back to tick tock and a similar naming convention. What about the rumored gargantuan iPhone? That seems to be iPhone XS Plus or XS Max.
I like Max.
While iPhone XS would remain the same with a 5.8-inch OLED display, the Max would weigh in with a 6.5-inch OLED display. That’s a big iPhone, folks– largest ever.
Yet, the Rumor Mill did not stop at just two new iPhones for 2018. Think of an iPhone 9 model with a 6.1-inch LCD display. That would be the least expensive of the three new iPhone models expected to be announced next week.
New Colors – Expect similar colors to the 2018 models, but a few new colorful models for iPhone 9– gray, white, blue, red, and even orange, to match up with a new gold model for iPhone XS and XS Max.
The problem I have with colors should be obvious to anyone with an iPhone and a case to protect the device. You can’t see the case color on the back, so why bother with color choice?
3D Touch – Or, rather, goodbye, 3D Touch. I like it and use it but I know many iPhone users who don’t even know what it is. Apple does a poor job of highlighting some useful features.
A few other rumors include Apple Pencil for iPhone, USB-C and Thunderbolt connector to replace the Lightning connector, and Touch ID within the display (without a button).
I’m not holding my breath on those three items, but I would rank their likelihood at USB-C/Thunderbolt first, Apple Pencil second, and in-display Touch ID third.
What about the rest of the line? Goodbye iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and possibly iPhone SE. That would make the entire line look this way: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 9, and iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
No iPhone SE?
Even the Rumor Mills have gone silent.