APPLE’S BIGGEST IPHONE EVER
Before the dust had even settled on all the new phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, noted business website Bloomberg indicated that Apple would launch three new iPhones later this year, including a monster iPhone X Plus.
The rumoured X-Plus is said to have a massive 6.5-inch screen which is nearing iPad Mini size and larger than Samsung’s Note. The overall size won’t be too crazy, however, as the OLED display will be edge-to-edge and the rest of the device is predicted to be remarkably slim yet durable. Undoubtedly a Phablet as much as a phone, and a significant upgrade on the iPhone 8 Plus.
Expect it to be good, but not cheap! We’ll be talking to our tailors to get new matching Plus-Size pockets added to our suits and beach shorts.
The three new iPhones appear to be inspired by the current X and according to the anonymous ‘insiders’ will have the iconic notch, advanced facial recognition, and full edge-to-edge screens.
It is a given that they will run iOS12 and have heavyweight Augmented Reality capabilities, as this is one of Apple’s key expressed areas of interest for 2018. To handle the real-estate and improve video and overall performance, they will use Apple’s in-house processor, the hugely powerful next-gen A12. Usefully all three will be toilet drop proof and have better battery life, probably. Expect more detail at Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference this June.
All the above is, of course, informed speculation, and signals are mixed about prices. The current iPhone X is expensive with critics calling it doomed to failure. However, it has already sold over 20 million units, helping Apple capture more than 50% of all global smartphone revenue. Not bad we say!
It is clear that the pocket-busting X-Plus will still be expensive, but there will be one new more affordable model, and the upgraded iPhone X will probably be a bit cheaper than it is now.
So, If you are lusting after an iPhone X grab one now, or if you want to GO LARGE, hang on to your old phone for another six months or so, most likely until October.
Image Source: Curved Labs (Germany)
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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