According to the latest hardware leaks, Apple will be launching three new phones in 2018 - including a followup to its polarising flagship, the notch-equipped iPhone X. Here are five things you need to know about the upcoming phone, based on the latest credible leaks and rumours, including images of a 6.5-inch screen.
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The last iterations of the iPhone, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have only been out for a few months but rumours of what the next iPhone will bring are already swirling. While iOS 11.4 was released this morning, bringing AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud, those were all expected and clear the way for a bunch of new features. So, what is expected and what are we hoping for?
When Essential debuted the first-ever notched display on the PH-1, it was a bold, divisive statement about smartphone design. Then Apple put one on the iPhone X and while some people still didn't get it, the sentiment around the notch shifted from confusion to curious appreciation.
But now, after going to Mobile World Congress and seeing pretty much every other smartphone maker adopt the notch, the feature has almost entirely lost its cool.
This morning, Samsung revealed pricing details for its Galaxy S9 smartphone series. Despite rumours of a hefty markup, the 64GB model will cost $1199 in Australia. That's the same exact price as last year's Galaxy S8. As a result, the iPhone X's $1500+ price tag is looking more absurd than ever.
Apple offered up a first look at iOS 11.3 today, revealing plans to improve Messages, add new augmented reality features, let you check your health records from the Health app, and control your iPhone's battery life. But if you have an iPhone X, the biggest news of the day is the four fresh Animoji coming this autumn.
Apple's ARKit for iOS 11 makes it relatively easy for developers to take advantage of the company's augmented reality features, and gives consumers the opportunity to interact with a virtual world layered over your actual environment. Augmented reality games are certainly the flashiest way to demonstrate its many uses, but some of the best augmented reality apps aren't games at all. These AR tools for iOS empower you with the tools you need to establish some sense of order in your home, plan for the future (in terms of what couch you're going to buy this spring) and get started on some home improvement projects without lifting a hammer.
A great phone case is the ideal antidote to life's inevitable phone-destroying surprises. The iPhone X comes in at a cool $1500-plus, depending on the model and although there are plenty of other things you could spend that kind of money on, if you're going to splash out and grab the X then you want to make sure you're protecting it, but you also want to save a bit of cash.
But which iPhone X case is right for you? Here’s some of our recommendations.
When Apple announced the iPhone X on 12 September 2017 you'd have thought they had made peace in the Middle East, cured all disease and made a decent DC superhero movie. But the reality is they simply released a new, very expensive smartphone. They skipped version nine, delivering the iPhone 8 and iPhone X that day. I've been using an iPhone X for a little while now and have found that it's a story of compromises as Apple lays the foundation for their next generation of smartphones.
Anyone using an iPhone might think it's difficult to switch to an Android device. But Google's latest smartphone, the Pixel 2, alleviates the anxiety of switching by taking care of all the annoying parts, such as copying your photos or contacts. You'll need to change some settings before you can transfer from one operating system to the next, but the entire process is a lot less stressful than importing and exporting data you might have trouble properly identifying or moving (everyone hates VCF files).
iOS: iPhone 8 and iPhone X owners using wireless charging pads to power their devices are about to receive a pleasant surprise thanks to a software update: Apple's upcoming iOS 11.2 will add support for faster wireless charging for the Qi-compatible smartphones. Updating your phone isn't enough to boost your charging speed, however. You'll need the proper wireless charging pad to take advantage of the faster charging feature.
When Apple first announced Face ID for the iPhone X, it claimed the new feature was significantly more secure than Touch ID and couldn't be fooled by even the most realistic of masks. But it turns out that might not be the case.