We might not just get a new iPhone X this autumn. Apple reportedly has two additional new devices planned: A big phablet that borrows design elements from the iPhone X and might be called the iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper phone that sacrifices some of the iPhone X’s premium features to make it more affordable, according to Bloomberg.
Rumours of Apple’s newest phones have persisted for months—basically since the iPhone X launched. Over the weekend, however, an alleged photo of a 6.5-inch iPhone display leaked online (that would be the alleged iPhone X Plus). Compare that to Apple’s iPad Mini—a freaking tablet—with a display that’s only 1.4 inches larger.
Bloomberg echoed this leak today. Mark Gurman and Debby Wu report that a larger iPhone X-style phone with “a screen close to 6.5 inches” is in the works to “especially appeal to business users.” Despite the bigger screen, the body of the device is said to be similar to the size of the iPhone 8 Plus. And like the 8 Plus, it could come in gold.
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There were rumours of a phone that would have nestled comfortably between this 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and the 5.8-inch iPhone X, but according to Bloomberg’s report a refresh of the iPhone X, as it currently looks, will be the second-biggest of the three phones.
The smallest will, instead, look pretty new: like a hybrid of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, with a glass back, aluminium (not steel) edges, and an edge-to-edge LCD display (instead of the pricey OLED found in the other two phones). Regardless of the finer points, it’s looking increasingly likely that Apple has three phones coming later this year, all inspired by the iPhone X.
For now, iPhone buyers looking for a sub-£1,000 phone have to pick one with a now-dated design that first debuted in 2014. A smaller, iPhone X-like device could change that, making higher-end features like Face ID just a bit more accessible in 2018—even if it means saying au revoir to TouchID. [Bloomberg, Mac Rumors]