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iPhone XS Release Date: Apple ditches ‘Plus’ name for 6.5-inch iPhone, instead opt for ‘Max’ branding

Here’s everything we know on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus/Max so far, including release date, new naming convention, features, specs, price and among others.

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Apple’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus/Max release date schedule: These phones will be launched on Wednesday, September 12, and should be available to pre-order from September 14, with an on-sale date of September 21.

Apple is about to hold its “Gather Round” special product launch event on Wednesday September 12 and it only means one thing – new iterations of iPhones are expected to hit the market. Here’s everything we know about the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus/Max so far, including its speculated release date, new features, leaked specs, rumored retail price and among others.

There’s a lot of speculation surrounding Apple’s new flagship smartphones. The concurrence is that the two premium OLED display-equipped iPhone XS and XS Plus will be joined by a more affordable LCD iPhone. the latter could generally be named the iPhone 8S, iPhone 9, iPhone X Plus or iPhone SE 2.

Based on the plethora of iPhone XS rumors swirling around the worldwide web, we think we’ve got a bumpy of idea of what we should from Apple’s new phones.

iPhone XS gather round launch event sept 12

Apple is holding its ‘Gather Round’ iPhone launch event on Wednesday September 12, 2018.

Here’s a quick peek at number of the compelling rumors, and it should be worth noting that nothing has been confirmed just yet until the Cupertino-headquartered technology company officially announce them on Sept. 12. For now, these are still just speculations. Alternatively, read on for a more in-depth investigation of the iPhone XS range as well as the cheaper LCD model.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus/Max at a paper

  • Unveiling on Wednesday September 12
  • 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models
  • OLED screen display
  • Faster Apple A12 7nm SoC processor
  • iPhone X-style “notch” design
  • Prominent dual-lens rear-cameras
  • Dual-SIM (China-only)
  • Gold color variant

iPhone XS Max?

According to a new report, the next big-hit smartphone is going to be named the iPhone XS Max. That’s the leaked branding name tipped for the rumoured 6.5-inch iPhone CS – the biggest screen display on any iPhone to date.

Last September 2017, Apple announced three new smartphones: the 4.7-inch iPhone 8, the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, and the flagship smartphone — 5.8-inch iPhone X.

This year though, Apple is widely expected to release a 5.8-inch iPhone XS, a 6.1-inch iPhone 9, and a mystery 6.5-inch (name is still unknown).

According to ever reliable tech new publication 9to5Mac, the 6.5-inch handset will be called iPhone XS Max – rather than the recently rumored iPhone XS Plus name.

Of course Apple won’t confirmed this yet until September 12, but the new report cites “two sources familiar with Apple’s marketing plans.”

iPhone XS, Plus/Max Release Date

Apple is schedule to hold its new iPhone event on September 12, though it remains mystery when the iPhone XS will actually be released in the wild.

However, based on the tech giant’s recent history of launching an iPhone, pre-order, and release dates, we estimate that the official sales of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus/Max are likely to open roughly just a week after the announcement, more probably on Friday September 21. After that, consumers will likely be waiting another seven days before the handsets begin shipping, making for a potential iPhone XS release date of Friday September 28.

Just we’ve mentioned earlier, these are still pure speculations and the same might not hold true for every iPhone launch on September 12, but reckoning that the iPhone XS and XS Plus are indeed the successors to the iPhone X, there’s a chance they will be among the first to hit the market.

iPhone XS Price

The manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus/Max and LCD model has yet to be verified, And given that it is Apple, so the new iPhones won’t be that cheap.

The the 2017 iPhone X starts at £999/$999 for the 128GB base model and goes up to a whopping £1149/$1149 for the 256GB storage variant.

iPhone XS Specs

As of writing, Thursday September 6, we’re now under a week until the big ‘Gather Round’ event. The leaks are relentlessly flooding the Internet with photographs and videos now claiming to show-off a dummy models of some of Apple’s new 2018 handsets.

iPhone XS Release Date- Apple to out three models including iPhone XS Plus in gold color variant

Apple’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus/Max release date schedule: These phones will be launched on Wednesday, September 12, and should be available to pre-order from September 14, with an on-sale date of September 21.

iPhone XS Official Press Images?

News outlet dedicated to publishing all things related to Apple, 9to5Mac, has posted the following images, which it claims is the real 2018 iPhones and shows the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models of the iPhone XS and iPhone CS Plus respectively. The most intriguing part about it – other than the fact that it shows the larger iPhone XS model we’ve heard so much about in the past several months – is that it apparently divulges the smartphones in gold colorway. This would represent a new color variant, as the iPhone X was only made available in silver and grey finishing.

6.5-inch iPhone XS video hands-on

A new seven-minute video uploaded by Michael Kukielka on his DetroitBORG YouTube channel featuring a two prototype 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone XS alongside the iPhone X.

Both new smartphones comes with a ‘notched” design to house Apple’s TrueDepth Camera System. The largest of the three is potentially the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Plus/Max and is seen rocking a dual-camera setup on the back.