Following on from the iPhone X, Apple is thought to be lining up a handful of new phones to release in 2018, including the iPhone 9. We could also be getting an iPhone X Plus, too, so here’s everything you need to know, including the latest and iPhone X Plus release date, specs, and price rumours.
One of the first teasers we’ve had comes to us via an investor note from Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang (H/T AppleInsider), which suggests that three iPhones are indeed incoming in 2018 under the codenames ‘Jaguar’, ‘Porsche’ and ‘Rolls-Royce’.
‘Jaguar’ supposedly refers to the more affordable LCD iPhone being developed, which could be called the iPhone SE 2 in its final incarnation, while ‘Porsche’ is allegedly the much-rumoured 5.8-inch OLED 2018 iPhone – dubbed the iPhone 9.
But it’s ‘Rolls-Royce’ were really interested in here – and not because we’ve got a big night out in Miami planned.
Zhang has reason to believe that the ‘Rolls-Royce’ is a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, a rumour that was later corroborated when a set of leaked schematics surfaced in June, revealing that Apple has crammed the screen in a frame that’s smaller than that of the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus.
At the start of July, the iPhone X Plus, which Apple is referring to as the ‘iPhone 11,2’, appeared on benchmark tool Geekbench’s online database, with an all-new D321AP CPU and 4GB of RAM in tow – 1GB more than the top-of-the-line iPhone X.
In the test itself, the ‘iPhone 11,2’ posted a higher score than that of Apple’s flagship iPhone X, raking in 4673 points in the single-core and 10,912 in the multi-core test. The iPhone X, for comparison, was awarded 4206 and 10,123, respectively.
On August 1, it emerged that the iPhone X Plus will act a little more like the iPad in the sense that most of the stock applications – Calendar, Messages and Stocks, to name but a few – can be used in landscape mode – a feature that’s restricted to the iPad line, and the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.
Zhang also has reason to believe that the handset will be offered alongside an all-new ‘iPen’, which could be a reference to the rumoured Apple Pencil 2 we’re expecting to see showcased at some point later this year.
Apple has long been linked with bringing stylus support to its iPhone range, so this all sounds reasonable to our eye. And if it does indeed reveal its biggest handset to date in the iPhone X Plus, it’s the obvious place for the new accessory to land.
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iPhone X Plus (2018) Release Date and Price: When is the iPhone X Plus coming out, and how much will it cost?
There’s no telling when the iPhone X Plus and the rest of the 2018 iPhone line-up will arrive, but seeing as Apple is a creature of habit (like most manufacturers) and tends to hold a dedicated iPhone launch event in September, our money’s on then.
But what about pricing? One thing’s for certain: the iPhone X Plus won’t be cheap. The iPhone X starts at £999, so you can expect the plus-sized model to go for north and that – we think a starting price of £1150 is within the realms of possibility.
News and Features Editor James Laird contributed to this article.
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