We’re still around five weeks away from the likely launch of new Apple iPhone handsets, but these dummy units may have given the game away.
Images of the empty vessels have appeared online and are reportedly based upon leaked design schematics. The images appear to show the oft-touted 6.5-inch OLED iPhone Plus, alongside the smaller LCD model, with a single lens camera.
Missing from the line-up appears to be the 5.8-inch OLED handset, rumoured to be the direct follow up to the iPhone X.
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Of the two we do see, the images tie-in with recent rumours. The LCD iPhone 9 (or whatever it ends up being called) still features the notch, a near edge-to-edge display (meaning Face ID) and the single lens, which is likely to make the rumoured 6.1-inch model the most affordable of the bunch.
The larger of the two models also looks a lot like its iPhone X predecessor, meaning its unlikely the flagship device will get much of an design overhaul beyond that larger display. The notch looks just as wide as it did on the iPhone X, suggesting Apple isn’t really concerned about thinning out the array of sensors that enabled it to ditch the home button/Touch ID sensor.
The images come from Ben Geskin on Twitter (via TechCrunch), who also shared purported images of the three new iPhones’ front panels earlier this month. Of course, these images are not official so it’s important to be cautious about their potential authenticity.
However, dummy units such as these are often used by case manufacturers in order to get their accessories ready for the day iPhone models are officially announced. We’d suggest they’re more likely to be accurate than not.
Apple is expected to announced the new iPhone models at an event in early September and go on sale within a couple of weeks.
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