You can say for sure that it is unknown the final name, but there are assumptions about the appearance and hardware characteristics.
At the end of last year, the most unique apparatus of the iPhone was received on sale. Therefore, interest in models that will come to shift are now great. A lot of rumors and assumptions have already appeared about them, both from solid sources and not very.
Oddly enough, the most rumors circulates not about the iPhone XS or XS Plus, but about the model of the iPhone 9, which will be replaced iPhone 8. On iPhone 9 should come 50% of Apple smartphones in 2018.
The new apparatus will take the same price category as iPhone 8, so the differences between the model from the premium iPhone XS are interesting. iPhone 9 must get the TrueDepth camera and cut out up the screen, but it is no more expensive than $ 700, as they say sources in the supply chains of components.
was first reported that the iPhone 9 will have a fully metal case instead of a glass But the famous analyst Ming Chi Kuo from KGI Securities speaks of aluminum frame. iPhone X has a stainless steel frame, which is stronger and more expensive, so Apple can reduce production costs due to aluminum. Another reason for the use of a glass rear surface instead of a metal is the desire to keep support for wireless recharging.
Qualcomm uses the technology of resonant inductive communication for wireless recharging of metal smartphones without heating the case, which is called WiPower. If you put such a smartphone on a regular pallet with the support of the QI standard, nothing good will work. Therefore, in recent times, smartphones with a glass coating are increasingly. The glass makes the wireless recharging much easier, which is why the aluminum frame instead of a fully metal case looks preferred. Apple is unlikely to give up wireless recharge immediately after the first introduced it to the support in iPhone 8.
There are no accurate information about the chambers of the three expected iPhone models, but there is little doubt that the iPhone XS and XS Plus will receive double rear chambers with optical stabilization images on each. iPhone 9 must be content with a single rear camera as iPhone 8 and iPhone 7.
Adding or updating sensors and optics is not excluded if Apple has time for the release of smartphones. However, it is difficult to imagine what else can be done better if the camera supports recording video 4K HDR at 60 frames / s. It may appear continuous instant autofocus Dual Pixel or more than 2x optical zoom. Information about this is still missing.
The neckline will get to the LCD
In 2018, Apple may release not one smartphone with "beloved" by all the neckline at the top of the screen, but all three. It places the front camera TrueDepth, which is responsible for facial recognition. The main candidates for hitting the iPhone 9 are JDI Full Active Liquid Crystal Screens.
JDI has developed LCD screens that possess the advantages of flexible OLED, not counting deep black. According to some parameters, they even exceed OLED, not to mention the lower price. The frame from all sides is reduced to a size of 0.5 mm, while at the current frameless smartphones it is twice as thick, and even more.
Apple usually works with suppliers of components over the resolution, size and colors of screens. Presumably, the aspect ratio will be 18: 9, but in this case the application developers will have to scale them under three different sizes, so the information is doubtful. A 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 has already been announced, flexibility, durability, Pixeleyes technology, as well as deeper black, compared to other LCD screens are already announced.
Thus, Apple once again can offer an excellent screen, even albeit not OLED, which will reduce the cost. iPhone 9 can do without the support of the 3D Touch function, it will be Face ID and animezhi at a lower price category.
The same processor and less memory
Although all three new devices can work on a single processor, the memory configuration should differ. The iPhone 9 will most likely receive 3 GB of memory, and two other devices of 4 GB. There is a rumor that the most premium model will be able to offer up to 512 GB flash memory.
Samsung has already announced a similar chip of memory for mobile devices, therefore, from the technical point of view, this is possible, but such a model will be incredibly expensive. iPhone 9 will most likely remain in the current versions of 64 and 256 GB.
Apple A12 processor on the processor 7 nm is expected. Production should start in the second half of the year. Each Apple's next processor is increasingly more than 100 million copies at TSMC enterprises so that production is cost-effective, can only Apple.
Battery and motherboard
Rumors of an L-shaped battery in the iPhone X came true, although it consists of two parts. To do this, various miniaturization technologies had to be used, which made it possible to increase the battery capacity of the iPhone X by 30% compared to a rectangular shape, the result was 2716 mAh.
Apple is going to take the next step and provide the 6.5-inch model with a 3300-3400 mAh battery. The 6.1-inch LCD version will get a 2850-2950 mAh battery as it won't have vertical chips like on the Xs and Xs Plus. Given the thinner production of the processor, the duration of the work should increase.
As already mentioned, the iPhone 9 in the US will cost $700-$800, while the cost of the other two versions is anyone's guess. Apple usually makes a final decision on iPhone specs and design around March, so there's still time. A recent rumor claimed that there would be two iPhones with LCD screens instead of one, the iPhone 9 and Xs.
Given the inevitable decline in the cost of components over time, Apple may decide to reduce the initial cost of the Xs compared to the iPhone X. For example, the price will be $ 849 for the basic version, especially if it can use the Full Active LCD screen. The Xs Plus with a 6.46-inch OLED screen can cost $999.
How much will the iPhone Xs Plus 512 GB cost, everyone can try to guess for themselves. It's likely the first time the base iPhone will break the $1,000 mark, as flagship smartphone prices have been on the rise for years.