Apple is widely expected to release at least three new iPhones — iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone 9 — on Sept. 12. We have everything you need to know about the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max (Plus), iPhone 9 (XC) including release date, expected price tag, rumored specs, features and more.
Apple is ready to host its annual fall product launch event on Wednesday, September 12, and it only means one thing that pops up on our mind — a new generations of iPhone – and probably a number of other consumer electronic products and accessories too.
As expected, leaks, rumors and speculations have already drawn a concepts of what we could likely see on Wednesday. With that said, everything we know is based on unofficial details; it’s quite obvious that Apple will unveil a new iPhone, but there’s a possibility that the rumors and speculations won’t get all the information right.
Nevertheless, we think we have a solid thought of what we’ll be seeing on September 12, so without further introduction, here’s what might be announced.
The most obvious thing Apple will announce is the successor to the current 5.8-inch iPhone X — The iPhone XS. According a report tipped to 9to5Mac, the handset will be called the iPhone XS (perhaps stylized as ‘Xs’), according to their industry source. The Cupertino-based company will maintain the releasing tradition of having a radical design overhaul followed by an incremental specs upgrade.
The new iPhone XS and XS Plus (Max) is widely expected to equip some significantly groundbreaking advancements internal specs, probably including an upgrade front-facing and dual-lens rear cameras, (aperture, digital image processing and more). Though the handset will still be charge using Lightning connector, it seems the cable charger’s other end may come with a USB-C connector. The main advantage to this is enabling fast charging capability without having to purchase a separate dongle, as well as connecting to the latest generations of MacBooks.
The phone is also anticipated to come in gold color option, joining the existing stainless steel white and gray colorways.
iPhone XS Max Not Plus
According to a latest intelligence report, Apple will name the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone the “iPhone XS Max.” If this is really the case then it seems like the naming at Cupertino is now the responsibility of millennials. The iPhone XS Max sounds like Apple ran out of concepts and stared towards an energy drinks for some inspiration.
We’ve long heard that the trillion-dollar tech giant is intending to release a 6.5-inch OLED display iPhone, making it the largest screen we’ve seen on an iOS smartphone so far. This one will look very much like the iPhone XS with a larger OLED screen display, and likely include much of the same specs. But Apple tends to modify a few extras like a bigger battery pack, more RAM, or an extra camera for the iPhone XS Max or Plus. The most remarkable difference might be in the software; Apple may allow the iPhone XS Max to run a couple of apps side by side, like a miniature iPad.
The move is unexpected given the iPhone maker has been solidifying its brands under a single name for a different sizes. The ‘Max’ suffix will definitely bolsters a more categorical hit than ‘Plus’ and ‘Pro’ makes a bit sense for a consumer electronic product not specifically design at professionals.
iPhone XC or 9?
Perhaps the most intriguing announcement is a more affordable 2018 iPhone model for budget-conscious consumers, possibly dubbed the iPhone XC (9). The cheaper model will feature a 6.1-inch LCD screen and will also shipped with Face ID. As for the retail pricing, it may likely be under $1,000; it’s manufactured for all the Apple customers who purchased the cheaper iPhone 8 instead the iPhone X.
It will attain that incredibly low price tag by equipping an LCD screen instead of the more expensive OLED display featured on the higher-end iPhone XS and XS Max models, as well as using aluminum chassis over the more pricey stainless steel frame.
This model is also expected to only have single-lens rear shooter, as opposed to the dual-lens camera setup on its two siblings. It’s still unclear whether there will be other spec downgrades or adopt the internals of iPhone X, but Apple at least tends to keep the SoC processor the same across its products releases.
On the affirmative side, it’s expected to be available in a variety of colors options much like iPhone 5c, hence the name ‘XC’ in rumors and speculations so far.
iPhone XS Prices
A popular German site Macerkopf – known for exclusive news – has revealed the manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for Apple’s entire line-up of new iPhones in Germany:
- iPhone 9 (XC): €799
- iPhone XS: € 909
- iPhone XS Max: €1149
At brief peep, these digits may surprise the American readers but the European prices always include sales tax. It should be kept in mind that these are the exact retail prices the Cupertino requests in Germany for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Therefore, this greatly suggests Apple will hang on to its current United States’ iPhone price points ($699, $799 and $999) for the three new iPhone models with the larger storage capacities going up to $150 higher.
iPhone XS Release Date
Apple has sent out invitations to the media last week for its scheduled product launch event on September 12, though it remains mystery when the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max (Plus) and iPhone 9 (XC) will actually be released to the market.
However, based on the Apple’s past release cycle history of iPhone, pre-order, and release dates, we suspects the tech company to officially begin taking pre-orders of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone 9 roughly just a week after the unveiling, more likely on Friday September 21. After that, the public will probably be waiting another seven days before the devices start shipping, making for a potential Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max release date of Friday September 28, 2018.
Keep in mind that these iPhone XS release date are purely based on speculations and leaks, and the same might not hold true for every iPhone launch on September 12, but if the iPhone XS and XS Plus are indeed the successors to the last year’s flagship iPhone X, there’s a minimal chance they will be among the first to hit the shelves.
iPhone XS Pre-orders
Ahead of announcing the pre-oders and release date for the iPhone XS, the Romanian wireless carrier and online retailer Quick Mobile has a placeholder listings for all three new iPhones on its store, going with the “XS” branding for the two OLED-equipped models and “iPhone 9” for the cheaper LCD-equipped variant. For the larger sibling of the OLED models, the store is hedging its stakes with the “Max” name, by adding “Plus” suffix to the pre-order listing title as well.
All of the models are listed in black and white color colorways, though the rumored brightly-colored options of the “iPhone 9” are not present on the webpage. The online retailers is also seemingly basing on the current leaks, speculations and rumors for the memory, with the “XS” models available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB of on-board storage, while the “iPhone 9” is only being offered in 64GB and 256GB options.
Apple Watch Series 4
The prominent difference this time around will be a significant upgrade to a larger screen from the the predecessors, achieved by trimming down the bezels rather than increasing the overall body size. The Watch Series 4 is rumored to have a 384 x 480 screen resolution allowing watch faces to fit in much detailed information.
You can watch the special media event on Apple’s website on September 12 beginning at 10AM PT. For you to watch the event, it should be worth noting that you’ll need to use Safari web browser on you Apple device or Edge on Windows for the live stream to work.
We’ll keep this story updated should any other news emerged in the days leading up to Apple’s iPhone XS launch event. — The Centrio News/ CentrioNews.com