2018 iPhone Models Images, Case Covers, SIM Trays Leak Ahead of Launch

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Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones during the keynote as well as the Apple Watch Series 4. The "XR" moniker doesn't mean anything and is rather confusing. iPhone XC, however, is reminiscent of the time Apple launched its plastic iPhone 5C in candy colours back in 2013. iPhone XC will reportedly come in an aluminum body with a 6.1-inch LCD display.

The new iPhone variants are likely to be called iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XC, or iPhone Xr.

Industry analysts expect the price of new iPhones to start from Dh3,200 and it could go beyond Dh4,500. We'd know for sure once the devices are launched.

It could even make the iPad Pro a more tempting device as a laptop replacement.

It would be a significant change for Apple's iPad Pro lineup, potentially giving it much better compatibility with external hardware and accessories. However, with rumours pointing towards a lovely bezel-less design, Face ID and USB Type-C, Apple might finally get the market share they have been looking for.

Apple launch venue stay the same as last time - Steve Jobs Theatre Yes, Apple is once again launching the new iPhone handsets at the Steve Jobs Theatre inside the fairly new Apple Park campus. Huawei overtook Apple as the world's second biggest smartphone brand - behind Samsung - earlier this year. Intriguingly, Kuo notes that this may feature Touch ID without the Touch Bar. The new AirPods will eventually be costlier than the existing ones. Apple didn't comment ahead of Wednesday's event, which is being held at its Cupertino, California, headquarters.

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Stay tuned afterwards though as tech sites will have a huge amount of extra info to reveal as they get hands on with the new devices.

New iPhone names Apple has religiously followed a particular nomenclature and upgrade pattern for its iPhones. This year, as rumours say, Apple is expected to launch two high-end iPhones, while the third device will be an affordable one.

Intel's latest 8th-generation Amber Lake processors are the follow-up to last year's Intel Core Y series chips designed for ultra-thin laptops and tablets that do not use fans in their designs to cool themselves. Apple is also rumoured to add Retina Display to this year's MacBook Air.

Kuo also reiterates that the next iPad Pros, set to be made available in 11in and 12.9in models, will also be the first to feature Face ID, with Apple likely to ditch the physical home button in favour of its mug-scanning tech.

You might see a lot more talk about USB-C than Apple's (annoyingly proprietary) Lightning connection this year, and probably even more goofing around with augmented reality - to the delight of backyard dinosaurs and robots.

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