With Apple just days away from taking the covers off its latest batch of iPhones, rumours are coming in thick and fast. The new device, rumoured to be called the iPhone XS, is tipped to feature edge-to-edge OLED display and face-scanning technology, dubbed Face ID, similar to that seen on last year’s iPhone X.
However, according to MacRumors, the trilliondollar company isn’t expected to resurrected the beloved fingerprint scanner that first appeared on the iPhone 5S in 2013. The fingerprint security feature was ditched for the iPhone X but is still available on the iPhone 8, which launched at the same time. The rumour site says that Apple is expected to use a combination of its Face ID and the traditional four- to six-digit pin code for its entire 2018 line-up.
That claim chimes with reports from Trusted Reviews last October that hinted Apple was planning to omit the fingerprint scanner from its latest batch of smartphones. Fans don’t have long to wait to get a proper look at the new iPhone line-up, due to be unveiled on Wednesday 12 September at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
In the meantime, here are some of the other, as yet unconfirmed, reports about the upcoming smartphone:
What will it look like?
An image reportedly showing two new iPhones was leaked at the end of August.
Apple news and rumour site 9to5Mac claims to have uncovered the official snap of the company’s new smartphones, both of which will be called the iPhone XS. Featuring the same OLED displays as the iPhone X, standard XS models are expected to have 5.8in panels, with the more expensive Plus variant sporting a 6.5in screen, according to the site.
Along with the two OLED-panelled iPhones, the tech giant is also expected to unveil a cheaper smartphone with a standard LCD screen. This model will either be a budget version of the iPhone X or take on the iPhone 9 name, industry experts claim.
When will it come out?
There’s no official word from Apple just yet on when the next batch of iPhones are due to arrive. These are rumoured to be a two OLED-screened models, available in 5.8in and 6.5in form, as well as a version with a 6.1in TFT LCD panel, the website says. The two models with OLED displays may be revised versions of the iPhone X and a new iPhone X Plus, while the TFT LCD option could be a cheaper model called the iPhone 9.
Will it support dual-SIM cards?
Quite possibly. It’s a popular feature among those who travel frequently, as it allows users to switch between network providers without having to open their mobile to swap SIM cards over. According to the Apple blog, the section of iOS 12 responsible for diagnostics reports references “second SIM status” and “second SIM tray status”. Another section of the troubleshooting system mentions a “dual SIM device”.
And it wouldn’t be the first time Apple’s iOS software has revealed the specs of unreleased products. This year a line of code in iOS 12 also suggests that Apple may soon release wirelessly chargeable AirPods earphones, the news site says.
Will Apple get rid of the Lightning port?
Possibly. Apple has previously considered axing its Lighting connector, a port bespoke its phones, and there are rumours that it will finally go ahead with that plan with the iPhone 9. The Cupertino-based tech giant had considered axing the Lighting port for last year’s iPhone X, the insiders said, but it was not “feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods”.
The Lighting port is currently used to transfer music, plug in accessories and back up devices before an update, the tech site points out. That said, there may still be surprises in store from Apple, which made the unpopular decision to cut the 3.5mm headphone port when it released the iPhone 7 in 2016.
Is the camera getting an upgrade?
The iPhone 9’s camera is not expected to be significantly different to the iPhone X’s current dual-lens system. However, the smartphone may adopt the same dual-aperture system as its rival, the Samsung Galaxy S9. This would make it more capable of shooting “excellent quality pictures in all sorts of lighting conditions”, the website says.
Will it support the Apple Pencil?
Rumours about the Apple Pencil being adapted to work on iPhones have been circulating since the stylus was introduced in 2015, the tech site says. The Pencil was recently made available for Apple’s latest batch of iPads.
Will it see the end of Touch ID?
Many expected Apple to ditch its ageing Touch ID fingerprint scanner on this year’s iPhone release, and it did just that with the bezel-free design of the range-topping iPhone X. However, the physical security feature is still available on the cheaper iPhone 8, which takes much of its design from its predecessor.
What about the battery?
As iPhones are continually shrinking in overall size, Apple has to find creative ways in which to install compact batteries that can carry enough charge to power the device for a suitable amount of time.
Apple and the Korean electronics giant LG are thought to be working on a one-cell pack designed to replace the L-shaped two-cell battery in the flagship iPhone X, the website says. This could significantly boost battery life, the site says, upping the device’s capacity from 2716mAh to “somewhere between 2900 and 3000mAh.”