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Exclusive: This is Apple’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone

Apple’s iPhone X, pictured at the top of this post, marks a turning point for Apple. The iconic design elements that people have grown accustomed to over the years are now all completely gone, and yet the phone is somehow still instantly recognizable as an iPhone. That’s quite a feat considering nearly every Android phone maker on the planet has copied the iPhone X. But try as they might, they still can’t manage to build a phone that’s anywhere near as impressive as Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone. They don’t have the budget or the skill to eliminate the bottom “chin” bezel like Apple did. The company’s solution involves using a bendable OLED screen and a brilliant feat of engineering, and no Android phone company can pull it off. Apple also uses stainless steel instead of aluminum, giving the iPhone X a distinct premium feel unlike anything you’ll find out there among all the iPhone clones.

In 2017, Apple dipped a toe in the water. The iPhone X was the star of the show and it introduced the world to Apple’s new iPhone design identity. But the two other models Apple released, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, looked almost exactly like the three generations of iPhones that had come before them. This year, however, Apple is going all in. The company plans to release three new iPhone models later this summer, and all three feature the major redesign Apple introduced with the iPhone X. You’ve read the rumors and you’ve seen the mockups, so now it’s time to take things to the next level.

We’ve had it on very good authority since last year that Apple plans to release three new iPhones in 2018 that all looked like the iPhone X. Word came from the world’s top Apple insider, former KGI Securities analyst and current TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a fantastic track record.

According to Kuo’s sources, Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models including an iPhone X successor with a 5.8-inch OLED display, a larger “iPhone X Plus” with a 6.5-inch OLED display, and a new upper-mid-range iPhone with a 6.1-inch LCD display. The chart below was put together by Kuo when he was at KGI, and it gives more details on each of the three new iPhone models we’re expecting this September.

Not much has changed since Kuo’s initial reports. They’ve been corroborated by a few independent reports from other analysts and bloggers, but it’s unclear if they truly have their own sources or if they were just rehashing Kuo’s reliable reporting.

Beyond the rumors, we’ve also seen mockups of Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup a few times now. Hobbyist graphic designers rendered the iPhone X in three different sizes to try to show people what the phones might look like, and one blogger even got his hands on 3D printed dummy models of Apple’s upcoming new iPhones. That video was a neat way to see how the new “iPhone X Plus” and the LCD iPhone compare in size to the 5.8-inch model, but those dummies obviously don’t look anything like the real iPhones Apple plans to release in September.

We know with near certainty that the new 5.8-inch iPhone will look just like Apple’s current iPhone X. We also know that the larger “iPhone X Plus” phablet will look like a supersized iPhone X. But what about the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model? BGR has obtained a render that shows us exactly what Apple’s new mid-range iPhone will look like when it debuts later this summer.

The image above was obtained from a reliable source, and it shows Apple’s upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone in a protective case made by third-party case maker Ghostek. We’ve gotten our hands on renders of unreleased smartphone models from this source several times in the past, and they’ve turned out to be accurate each time. The renders are believed to be based on detailed files obtained from the factory that builds these smartphones, which would obviously explain why they’re so accurate. This particular render has been confirmed as accurate by an additional source who is aware of Apple’s plans.

So what can we learn from the image above? First and foremost, the new 6.1-inch iPhone abandons the home button and Touch ID, just as we expected. Apple’s TrueDepth system for Face ID can be seen in the notch at the top of the display, which in this image appears to be covered by a screen protector. We can also see that the bezels around the screen on the 6.1-inch iPhone model appear to be wider than they are on the iPhone X. This makes sense, since Apple can’t use the same design to hide the display controller on an LCD screen that it uses on its OLED models. As a result, the bezel at the bottom must be a bit wider, and Apple apparently chose to maintain a uniform width around the rest of the screen.

On the back we immediately notice another big design change compared to the iPhone X. The dual-lens rear camera on the current-generation model is expected to also be used on the new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones, but the 6.1-inch iPhone will have a single-lens rear camera. It appears as though Apple will use a new sensor and new optics in its upcoming mid-range iPhone model, since we can clearly see that the rear camera here is much larger than the one on the iPhone 8.

Apple’s new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model is expected to be unveiled in early to mid-September alongside the two new OLED iPhone models, and all three new phones should be released a week or two later.

Apple seriously considered killing the Lightning connector on the iPhone X

Aside from Samsung, all notable Android makers out there crafted iPhone X clones this year that look more or less like the real thing. While some of them deny copying Apple, including well-known companies like LG and OnePlus, it was Huawei that perfectly illustrated the reason why Apple is still the company others still try to emulate. Huawei said that it had its notch-designs for years, but it was too afraid to go forward. What Huawei, and others, needed was Apple to do it first. To take the risk.

A year before the notch arrived, Apple did one other ‘courageous’ — we can call it bold, at least — thing: it killed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, paving the way for the all-screen iPhone X. And it turns out that the iPhone X could have been the most courageous phone ever created.

Buried in a report about Apple’s inability to ship the AirPower accessory that can simultaneously charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and an AirPods case, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reveals an exciting anecdote about the iPhone X’s development. Apple wanted to kill the wired charging system and make the switch to wireless charging:

Apple designers eventually hope to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone, including the charger, according to people familiar with the company’s work. During the development of the iPhone X, Apple weighed removing the wired charging system entirely. That wasn’t feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods. Including a wireless charger with new iPhones would also significantly raise the price of the phones.

We’ve often talked about Apple’s iPhone of the future, thanks to information gleaned from patents and rumors and told you that Apple is indeed looking to remove all physical buttons and ports and create a device that’s all-screen. The handset would connect wirelessly to accessories, and the battery would recharge wirelessly. Even the SIM card would be gone in such a scenario, and the iPhone would use a virtual SIM card instead.

We’re probably a few years away from such iPhone designs, however. For the time being, I’m glad Apple wasn’t that courageous with the iPhone X. After all, the AirPower accessory sounds quite complicated to make, and we want it to just work when it’s ready to ship. And let’s not forget that we still need iPhone backups, the wired kind, in our lives. So that Lightning port better stay there until Apple comes up with a wireless transfer protocol that can deliver similar results.

In the meantime, it’d be great if the iPhone’s wired charging can get even faster.

How Samsung might copy the iPhone X without stealing the notch

Samsung is one of the few Android vendors that has not copied Apple’s iPhone X design this year. Even the ones that did were not able to afford screens like Apple’s corner-to-corner display. But Samsung may soon create an iPhone X rival with a screen that has no bottom bezel. But don’t worry, Android fans, because we have some good news: The company might be able to pull it off without copying Apple’s notch.

A new patent discovery from Dutch-language blog MobielKopen reveals that Samsung is working on eliminating the bezels on its phones. The bottom chin, present on all iPhone X clones, might be the first one to go in future Galaxy S and Note designs:

There’s no notch on top. Instead, we have a slim bezel that houses a speaker and front-facing camera. To pull it off, Samsung might have to kill the headphone jack. As you can see in the image above, there’s no 3.5mm audio jack anywhere on this handset.

On the back, Samsung only shows a single-lens camera. But what’s more interesting is the secondary display that seems to be present on the rear panel.

An opening for a built-in S Pen stylus isn’t featured either. But this particular design can still be applied to a future Galaxy Note model. In fact, we should remember this is just a design patent, and we have no guarantees that Samsung will make use of it in any future commercial products.

Mark Gurman: Apple Aims to Release AirPower By September

Apple aims to release its inductive AirPower charging mat “before or in September,” according to well-connected reporter Mark Gurman.

An excerpt from his Bloomberg News story:Apple didn’t say when in 2018 it would release AirPower, but engineers h…

The one Android feature I want Apple to steal for the iPhone

First there was the Huawei P20 Pro, an iPhone X clone like no other. Then came the Porsche Edition of the phone, with a sky-high price and a few exclusive features, including 512GB of built-in storage and two fingerprint sensors.

The other day, Huawei rival Oppo unveiled the Find X, which actually isn’t an iPhone X clone. It’s very much an Android flagship, with price tag of more than $1,000. And Oppo needed to partner with Lamborghini to create a Lambo version of the Find X, which is — you’ve guessed it — an unnecessary device that costs almost as much as that Porsche Edition phone from Huawei.

That said, I’d very much want Apple to copy one feature from the special Lambo Find X.

No, it’s not the massive 512GB of storage, although I suspect iPhones will also get this iPad-only storage tier. It’s also not the slide-up motorized camera system either, since that’s just plain silly. And no, I don’t want to see Apple do a BMW iPhone X either. In fact, let’s just hope that Chinese handset makers will stop creating such monstrosities.

The Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition has a very cool feature though, at least on paper. Oppo says the phone’s battery charges from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes. That’s thanks to Oppo’s proprietary Super VOOC Flash fast battery charging technology that we saw in action back when it was just a concept. That’s something I would absolutely love to see on iPhones of the future.

If a phone is able to get a full charge in just over 30 minutes, it doesn’t even matter how big the battery is. Sure, you’ll probably need a special charger and there’s no telling what fast charging tech like this will do to batteries over time, but it sure is a sweet idea.

Battery life is still the Achilles heel of the smartphone. Any smartphone. Sure, the bigger models get decent battery life. And the iPhone X’s battery should last through the day. But we’re yet to see the battery breakthrough that would forever put an end to our battery paranoia. Fast charging tech like VOOC might do the trick while we wait for the holy grail of battery charging: Fast, long-distance, wireless charging.

Oh, if you want to Lambo Find X, you should know it’s going to cost you €1,699, which is about the price of two iPhone X handsets. Hopefully if Apple does make an iPhone that charges in about half an hour, the company won’t ask $2,000 for it.