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launching Apple iPhone XS: Rumours and latest updates before the launch event today

launching Apple iPhone XS: Rumours and latest updates before the launch event today
launching Apple iPhone XS: Rumours and latest updates before the launch event today

apple fans are counting down the hours until the company unveils its latest iPhones at its annual launch event in Cupertino, California.

Later today, Apple is expected to reveal a trio of new iPhones: two premium upgrades called the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, and a cheaper device that will be a follow up to the iPhone 8 and is likely to be called the iPhone XR.
The company has been hit by a series of last minute leaks about the device. A leak of code on Apple's website confirmed the name of all three devices, as well as their colours and that the iPhone will come with up to 512GB of storage.
Apple will reveal the new devices at an event in the Steve Jobs Theatre at its headquarters. There is also rumoured to be a new Apple Watch Series 4.
This year's lineup is an "S year" - a move that suggests the devices will mostly include internal upgrades rather than a design overhaul.
All three of the new iPhones could feature an edge-to-edge screen, like the current iPhone X, alongside a TrueDepth camera system that can be used for Face ID. 
Two of the devices are predicted to come with premium OLED (organic LED) screens, while one could use a cheaper LCD screen. Rumours suggest the OLED models be on sale in September and the LCD model in October.
Apple analyst expect to see a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone Plus and a 6.1-inch affordable LCD iPhone. They could all feature significantly improved battery life thanks to a new Apple-designed A12 processor.
Last year, Apple released one of its biggest smartphone upgrades in years with its tenth anniversary iPhone. The iPhone X (or "ten" as they like to call it) presented a major design shift with an all-screen front, a dual camera, wireless charging and facial recognition technology.
This year the company will be expected to improve on that design. While the iPhone X was a critical success, it was considered hugely expensive at £1,000 and, while profitable for Apple, has not sold in huge numbers like some of its older devices.
Here is everything we know so far about Apple's newest phone, and the Telegraph's take on the latest rumours.

iPhone XS release date

Apple is planning to announce its new iPhones at an event at 6pm BST today, according to an invitation sent to journalists and analysts.
Then it could be a couple of months before Apple's new products hit the shelves. Last year its iPhone 8 was released in the weeks after it was unveiled, but the iPhone X was not available to buy until November.
Buyers can already register their interest for the new smartphone at Carphone 

WarehouseWhat will the new iPhone for 2018 be called?

Apple fans will be reduced to guesswork on this question. However, news site 9to5Mac has said that the device will be called the "iPhone XS", returning Apple to its naming convention of adding an "s" to its new generation of smartphones. 
A leak of code on Apple's website confirmed the three new names for the phones, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR.
Some have posited it could be called the iPhone 9, but this would mean taking the iPhone naming out of sequence. There have been suggestions that the largest version of the new iPhone will be called the iPhone X Plus.
In 2017, Apple launched the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (pronounced 10), but skipped iPhone 9, which has disrupting the naming patterns for the devices.

New iPhone XS, XS Max and XR colours revealed in leak

There have been a few rumours suggesting Apple could release the iPhone in new colours designed to to boost sales and hit consumers in otherwise untapped markets. In fact, last year there were reports that Apple was planning to release a gold iPhone X.
Belatedly these turned out to be correct. An Apple FCC filing that was recently made public and reported by MacRumours shows that there was a gold coloured iPhone X planned, but it never reached full production. 
The latest product renders revealed in a leak of the iPhone XS suggest it will come in new gold, silver and space gray colours, according to a leak of code from Apple's website reported by iOS developers.
The leak also revealed the colours the cheaper iPhone XR will come in. Here is a breakdown of all the iPhone XS and iPhone XR colours and storage capacity we can expect, if the reports are correct.

iPhone XS

64GB, 256GB and 512GB in space gray, silver, gold

iPhone XS Max

64GB, 256GB and 512GB in space gray, silver, gold

iPhone XR

64GB, 128GB and 256GB in black, white, red, yellow, coral, blue

What will the new iPhone XS look like?

The latest reports suggest the new iPhone will be similar in appearance to the iPhone X, but we may see several new size variants to provide new choice to consumers and upgrade the current iPhone 8 and 8 Plus smartphones.
The iPhone 8 features thicker bezels to the top and bottom of the phone, as well as a front fingerprint scanner. The current iPhone X has a screen which stretches almost the the sides of the phone's body and has no fingerprint scanner, having replaced the phone's unlocking mechanism with its Face ID facial recognition.
9to5Mac published an image of what it claimed was the new iPhones. It shows the devices in two sizes, with a new gold colour scheme.
A report from Bloomberg suggests the new phones will follow the iPhone X design. One is expected to be a larger, 6.5-inch iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said he expects Apple to release three phones, one follow up to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, one iPhone X "Plus" phone with a 6.5-inch screen, and a cheaper 6.1-inch screen iPhone.
Internally, the smaller new iPhone X has been code named D32, while the larger phone has been code named D33. Both are said to use next generation A12 processors.
The larger D33 phone could have the ability to show content side-by-side in apps like Mail and Messages, according to Bloomberg. 
Apple is planning dual-SIM card slots for both of the two larger phones some regions. 
A pair of dummy iPhone models obtained by Apple aficionado Benjamin Geskin show just what the new models might look like. While these are probably created from the current rumours and speculated design features, they do give a sense of how the new iPhones may pan out.
The dummy versions show what the larger 6.5-inch OLED and the purported 6.1-inch LCD version of the phone with a single-lens rear camera.

What new features will the iPhone XS have?

Given the sweeping changes to last year's iPhone line-up there may not be the wholesale design changes we have seen on the new iPhones. However, there have been some reports indicating what kind of design elements users will see.

OLED screens

Reports from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal suggest Apple is sticking with OLED screens for its high-end smartphones. OLED (or Organic LED) screens allow for darker blacks and better contrasts between colours, but are significantly more expensive than standard LCD screens.
The prototypes have included a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688 with OLED screen technology. Multiple reports also claim Apple's cheaper version of the new iPhone will stick with LCD screens used on most previous iPhone models.

Pressure sensitive display to be dropped

Apple may drop its pressure-sensitive display technology, known as 3D Touch, from its new iPhones, according to Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis.
The technology measures the amount of pressure applied to the display and performs different tasks based on this.
It was first introduced in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, but developers haven't been keen to include its functionality in their apps. 

Dual sim-card slots

Apple could be introducing dual SIM-card slots, meaning that users can easily switch between carriers in different regions. This is particularly common in countries like China, where having two different SIM-cards can help users get better rates in different local regions and avoid roaming fees.
The dual SIM cards are less common in the UK, as carriers have now removed roaming fees for travel in Europe. There is a chance these could initially only be released in China, but not in the US as being able to switch between operators would not be in the interest of major networks.

New wireless modems?

The iPhone this year will feature a new set of internal processors from a new manufacturer. Chip giant Qualcomm confirmed to investors that Apple was set to use a rivals microchips in its 2018 smartphones. This is because Apple and Qualcomm have been engaged in a legal battle.
This probably won't change a great deal about how the phone works, as it has used processors from both Intel and Qualcomm on occasions in the past.

Three new iPhones?

If we believe the reports, Apple will release three new smartphones this year. One an upgrade to the iPhone X, one larger iPhone X "Plus" phone and a budget version with an LCD screen.
Every year analysts predict there will be a three or even more new iPhones and until recently they were proved wrong. However, with the triple bill last year of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X it seems Apple is now willing to launch even more smartphone products. Apple leakers including Ben Geskin claim to have obtained versions of the front panels of the three new iPhones.

Triple camera design?

According to a report in China's Economic Daily News, the larger version of the new iPhone will include a triple rear camera. This has been implemented on rival phones, such as on the Huawei P20 Pro.
A triple camera design would give the iPhone advanced 3D sensing and use stereoscopic vision, with two of the sensors taking photos at different angles.
The triple-lens camera could improve the iPhone's augmented reality features and give it 3x optical zoom
Another report on Forbes seems to back up these claims, but offers conflicting views from case manufacturers and supply chain sources, with some supporting the claims and another suggesting the new phone will stick with a dual camera. The product renders suggest Apple has chosen to stick with a dual camera set up.

iOS 12 to come on iPhone XS

Apple will almost definitely release the new iPhone models with iOS 12, its software that was revealed at its developer conference earlier this year. The new software comes with time management and digital wellness features that can help users monitor the time they spend on their smartphones.

In-screen Touch ID

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has already debuted a phone with a built-in fingerprint sensor in its screen. Apple, however, seems to have gone away from this route when it invested heavily in its Face ID facial recognition technology. While the loss of a fingerprint scanner left some users unsure, our review suggests turning to a facial recognition system now seems natural.

Wireless charging dock released?

We have been waiting a year for Apple to finally release its own wireless charging dock, which was revealed this time last year. The charging pad would allow Apple users to simultaneously charge the new iPhone XS and the new Apple Watch. However, the latest leaks suggest that Apple may not reveal the charging dock at its new event.

How much will the iPhone 2018 cost?

There have been no new reports on the price of the new iPhones, although we can probably safely assume they will not be getting any cheaper. The old iPhone X started at £999 and the more expensive version came in at £1,149. We could well see an even more expensive version of the iPhone in September.