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iPhone 9 rumor roundup: Everything we know so far

A participant makes use of a new iPhone X during a presentation for the media in Beijing, China October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter – RC1BB5A3BB10

The expected launch of the latest iphone is just around the corner. If history is anything to go by, Apple announced at least three new models coming in September, and we have a number of ideas about what to expect.

For starters, it is not entirely clear what the new naming convention will be. Last year, the iPhone 8 was the “entry-level” model, while the iPhone 8 Plus with a high resolution, 5.5-inch screen, more beefier specs, and a dual sensor setup. But what stole the show was the iPhone X, so called because of the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, a top-tier version with an OLED display, almost

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the design and the infamous notch, which housed the TrueDepth sensors that are used for Face ID.

In theory, we can look at an iPhone 9, iPhone 9 Plus, and iPhone X2. But that is also logical and if there’s one thing phone manufacturers want to do is skip tracks. Some rumors indicate that Apple may decide to call the new line the iPhone 9, iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Plus, but that doesn’t seem realistic. A more plausible option is for Apple to follow strategy for the iPad and drop the numbering entirely in favor of just calling the new line of the iPhone and the use of the X2 X2 Plus to distinguish between the two sizes.

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According to our sister site Mashable, the three phones, we seem likely to consist of a 6.1-inch model with an LCD display and a single camera, a 5.8-inch iPhone X successor, and a 6.5-inch Plus-version of the X. of Course the latter is expected to be the most costly, with a price between $900 and $1,000, while the smaller version may fall around the $800-$900. The “affordable” 6.1-inch option could still cost around $700.

A Familiar Design

This year does not seem to be one for revolutionary changes in the design. In the case of the iPhone 9 and 9 Plus, the leak of the FCC indicate that we may see a similar glass and the aluminum casing and LCD screen for the two more affordable models. From what we have seen in the previous years, this comes down to a few minor design tweaks, a few new colors, and maybe a new build material (there are rumors about the use of a lighter and cheaper aluminium to a decrease of the production costs). All phones must have a glass back to take advantage of wireless charging.

In the case of the 6.1-inch iPhone, the LCD version is probably larger panels in a 16:9 form factor, while the two other models will pull up the iPhone X to 18:9 aspect ratio and the notch for the hosting of the sensors that are needed for the TrueDepth camera and Face ID. There is no word on if the fingerprint sensor is likely to make a return, on the back or embedded under the screen, but we wouldn’t count on it.

Updated Specs, But Nothing Dramatic

Specs are difficult to know for sure at this point, but on the basis of leaks, we can reasonably think about a number of aspects of what you see.

This is a “tock” years after the great “tap” of the iPhone X, most of the aspects are going to stick to the basics. Apple will probably be looking for an update of the all-state A11 chipset to the A11X or A12, probably focusing on optimizing the performance of augmented reality apps, and eking out more images of high-end games. The 6.1-inch model iPhone do you have a 12MP sensor, likely the same that are currently on the iPhone 8. The two high-end model, the 2x optical zoom sensor, and bokeh-mode capabilities. They are probably also better performance when it comes to AR apps.

Focus On AI

Where we can see that the biggest developments is AI voice assistants and machine learning, an area Apple has usually remained in comparison with Amazon and Google. According to ExtremeTech, Apple is the restructuring of the AI, Siri and machine learning divisions, so with the rollout of iOS 12, we see some serious improvements in the functionality and voice assistant capabilities of Siri.

We love the rumors, so stay tuned as we get closer to the expected launch in September.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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