2018 iPhone Release Rumors: iPhone 9, iPhone XI & iPhone X Plus

In 2017 Apple rolled out the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, and it looks like a repeat performance is slated for 2018. Rumor has it that three new iPhones will be revealed this year in September. Will Apple take a jump back on the timeline and dub one of these offerings the iPhone 9? Perhaps a 9, a 9 Plus, a second generation iPhone X, an iPhone X Plus, or even an iPhone 11 are on Apple's menu for this year? The names of the new iPhones may remain a secret until the moment they're unveiled, but we have several bits of information about their capabilities and features ahead of their unveiling. Here's our 2018 iPhone rumor roundup with information on features, as well as image mockups we've gathered from around the internet. 

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Quick Look: iPhone 2018 Rumors

Currently rumors seem to predict three new models of iPhone, all of which will feature:

  • TruDepth Camera
  • Face-Recognition
  • Edge-to-edge display  
  • Faster LTE
  • A12 bionic chip
  • Extended battery life
  • A LCD or OLED display

When Are the 2018 iPhones Coming Out?

new iphone se

Image via iDrop News

Most likely they'll be revealed during the usual September or October announcement period. Last year new iPhones were announced on September 12, with pre-orders beginning on September 15, and devices available in stores on September 22. If Apple follows a similar timeline in 2018, a September 11 event is a strong possibility for this year's iPhone announcement.

TruDepth Camera & Face Recognition Means...

With all three of the rumored new iPhones expected to have TruDepth Camera and facial recognition capabilities, Apple may finally be phasing out Touch ID for new devices and moving to Face ID as its biometric security feature of choice.  

Edge-to-Edge Display

three new iphones

Image via iDrop News

The iPhone X was the first of Apple's cell phones to incorporate an edge-to-edge display; with the exception of the notorious notch, of course. This display style meant that the familiar Home button was eliminated, replaced by a new system of gestures and swipes. It looks as though all of the new iPhones expected to be offered this year will incorporate the edge-to-edge display and eliminate the Home button, signaling the end of this familiar feature in all future iPhones. 

Processor & RAM

The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X incorporate the A11 bionic chip with 64-bit architecture. All of the 2018 iPhone line are rumored to include A12 Processors. This new processor will be significantly more speedy and powerful, rendering even faster graphics performance. As far as RAM, we're hoping for an improvement over the current three gigabytes. Apple should offer at least four, if not six gigabytes of RAM in the 2018 iPhones.

How Will the 2018 iPhones Differ?

Several sources, including KGI Securities' Apple oracle Ming Chi Kuo, predict that one of the new iPhones will have several cost-saving feature cuts in an attempt to make it more affordable. These cuts may include an LCD rather than an OLED display, no wireless charging, an aluminum rather than steel casing, no 3D Touch feature, and a single rather than double rear camera. As well, earlier SE devices may have lower prices this year, in an effort to pull new customers into the Apple ecosystem. 

Screen Size

iphone plus

Image via KGI Securities

A 6.5" OLED display is predicted for the top-of-the-line iPhone version this year, followed by the 6.1" LCD offering, and rounded out by a 5.8" OLED screen. As mentioned before, all three displays are expected to be edge-to-edge. While the LCD screen doesn't offer the crispest, brightest color display the way an OLED screen does, this year's LCD display is predicted to be even higher quality than that offered with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Battery Type

Larger iPhones mean more room for batteries; bigger batteries mean more time between charges. So how much bigger will the new iPhone batteries be, and how will that translate to charge times? Rumor has it that Apple will stick with the L-shaped, two-cell battery currently powering the iPhone X in its new, 5.8" and 6.1" models, but shift to a larger battery for the 6.5" offering. The larger battery should add up to 25% more capacity, increasing talk time from a possible 21 hours to around 27, internet browsing from 12 hours to 15, video viewing from 13 to 16 hours, and audio play time from 60 to 75 hours.  

One SIM Card or Two?

double sim card new iphone

Image via iDrop News

Double SIM card cell phones have been selling well in Asian markets for some time; the appeal being the ability to easily switch between data plans or carriers. Is this the year Apple finally rolls out this option? Some analysts, including the ubiquitous Ming Chi Kuo, predict that at least one of the 2018 iPhones will offer a dual-SIM upgrade. Mr. Kuo anticipates that the 6.1" LCD iPhone will include second-tier pricing for a double SIM tray upgrade; this would boost the price by around $100.   

What Will the Price Range Be for the 2018 iPhones?

The iPhone X caused more than a bit of sticker shock last year with its $1,000 starting price tag, but it doesn't look like Apple is planning to back away from higher end price points this year. Instead, the anticipated iPhone X Plus will likely cost even more; at this point, the best guess is between $1,100 and $1,300 for the base model. With the newest iPhone ringing in at a higher price, the next in line will more than likely receive a bump up as well, and cost around $1,000. That being said, Apple is still predicted to offer at least one more affordable iPhone this year; the 6.1" iPhone with LCD is rumored to have a starting price tag hovering between $550 and $650, or $650-$750 for the dual SIM card upgrade.

What New iPhone Features Would You Like to See?

ProMotion on the 6.5" iPhone

I'd love to see ProMotion, the dynamic refresh feature on the 2017 iPad, included in the 6.5" 2018 iPhone. ProMotion makes using the Apple Pencil really smooth on the iPad, so wouldn't it be great if we could use a stylus or even just a finger to write and draw clearly on Apple's biggest iPhone display ever? As well, ProMotion reduces power consumption and improves display quality by matching the refresh rate to the pace of content, an overall excellent battery-saving, display-improving, responsiveness feature. 

A Waterproof iPhone at Last

I'm not an underwater photographer, but I am notoriously rough on any device I own. A truly waterproof iPhone would be worth my money, especially if it could handle getting dropped in a watering can as has *ahem* happened in the past. Will this be the year of the waterproof iPhone, or will we have to wait a while longer?

More iPhone 2018 News to Come

I'll update this article as more rumors emerge about Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup. Feel free to drop a note in the comments about your predictions and wishes for the new iPhones!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her purse or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.