As anxious as Apple fans are to see all of the new hardware that the company has in store for its Gather Round event on Wednesday, the one device that we’re most curious about is perhaps the least impressive of the bunch. Aside from the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max, Apple will also announce a 6.1-inch iPhone Xr (or possibly Xc) with an LCD display, lower price tag, and a variety of color options (according to recent leaks).
We’re pretty sure we know what the design of the phone will look like, but we won’t know for sure until tomorrow. In the meantime, prolific concept maker ConceptsiPhone has shared a fanmade trailer for iPhone Xr, complete with the familiar design of the iPhone X, a varied selection of colors, and an LCD display.
In the video below, you’ll see another one of Gunho Lee’s slickly produced concept trailers, highlighted by the ‘Spicy Orange,’ ‘Cobalt Blue,’ and ‘Red’ iPhone Xr colors which have been hinted at in recent leaks:
Shortly before this video was shared, a sketchy leak from Chinese social media site Weibo began making the rounds, purportedly showing off the SIM trays of several (if not all) of the possible iPhone Xr / Xc color options, including gold, red, black, silver, and blue-gray. The source of the leak didn’t specify that the trays are from the iPhone Xr, but Apple isn’t expected to introduce half a dozen or so colorways for the iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max.
Apple will debut all three new iPhone models tomorrow at its special event in Cupertino, California, which kicks off at 10 AM PT. In addition to the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr, Apple is also expected to show off the Apple Watch Series 4, new AirPods, a new MacBook, and possibly new iPad Pro models as well.
Apple’s “fall” iPhone event is happening tomorrow, and thanks to the usual smorgasbord of leaks, we know exactly what to expect from the event. Apple is going to release three new iPhones, which we suspect will be called the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and the iPhone Xc (or iPhone Xr, or iPhone 9).
The iPhone Xs will be a spec bump to the iPhone X but retaining the same screen size and physical design, while the iPhone Xs Max will be a 6.5-inch “Plus” version of the iPhone X. The iPhone Xc will be a spiritual successor to the iPhone 8, with a 6.1-inch LCD screen, the Face ID (and therefore also the notch) from the iPhone X, and probably a slightly worse camera than the top-end models. Most importantly, the iPhone Xc will likely keep the iPhone 8’s pricetag of around $700.
While most of the details about all the different models and specs have leaked, one detail is still being kept a secret: the colors. Apple loves introducing new iPhone colors, especially when it’s on a more minor upgrade cycle, so there’s a good chance that Jony Ive has been sitting with his swatches for months picking new and exciting colors for everyone to buy.
Thanks to a leak from Chinese social media site Weibo, we now have one guess at what those colors might be. A user has posted photos of several SIM trays that he claims are from the new iPhone. Because Apple anodizes its SIM trays to be the same color as the phone’s metal case, the trays can — if they’re real — tell us what colors Apple is coming out with.
According to the images, at least some of the new iPhones will come in a blue-grey color, gold, red, black, and a silver. Assuming that Apple sticks with the stainless steel bumper on the iPhone Xs — which would make all the sense in the world — then these SIM trays look like they’d be from the 6.1-inch iPhone Xc. The broad variety of new colors, by the way, lends some credence to the iPhone Xc name. The only iPhone that’s ever carried a “C” moniker before was the iPhone 5c, which was named that way since it came in a bunch of colors.
Of course, leaks always have to be taken with a grain of salt, especially when all we see is a couple unsourced photos of a SIM tray that, frankly, could belong to another phone or just be a spare part. But if these images are accurate, it would piece together a few more details about Apple’s cheaper iPhone, and reinforce the argument for iPhone Xc. Luckily, we only have to wait a day to find out if this is real or not.
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Apple’s new iPhone event can’t come soon enough so that we can finally stop the iPhone rumor rollercoaster. In a matter of days, we learned the official name of the new 5.8-inch iPhone. But we still don’t know what Apple will call the 6.1-inch LCD handset and the bigger 6.5-inch version, as we do have at least two name versions for each model so far. Also, when it comes to prices, we have different claims out there as well, with the latest estimate suggesting the iPhone everybody will want might be just as cheap as we had hoped.
A leaked slide from a China Mobile presentation listed the purported names of the new iPhones — that’s iPhone XC (6.1-inch), iPhone XS (5.8-inch), and iPhone XS Plus (6.5-inch. But it also listed the entry prices for all models: 5,888 yuan ($858) for iPhone XC, 7,388 yuan ($1,076) for iPhone XS and 8,388 yuan ($1,222) for iPhone XS Plus. Unlike US prices, Chinese prices for the iPhone include tax, which means we’re looking at a 17% markup. Comparatively, the current 5.8-inch iPhone X sells for 8316 yuan ($1,212), which means its successor will be cheaper, just as previously rumored.
What the leak doesn’t tell us is how much base storage each model will have, although 64GB seems to be the obvious choice. Also, it’s unclear what other storage tiers will be available, and whether Apple will launch a 512GB iPhone this year. Finally, the leak does mention dual-SIM iPhones, but we have no idea how much Apple will charge for those. Apple never made dual-SIM iPhones so far.
Using these prices as a model, 9to5Mac predicts the iPhone XC would cost $699, just as some rumors said. The iPhone XS would be priced at $899, while the iPhone XS Plus would start at $999. These price points were rumored long before Apple dropped the ball allowing the iPhone XS name and marketing images to leak.
Last week, a research note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the new iPhones will be more expensive than that, starting at $799, $999, and $1,049, respectively. That pricing structure doesn’t sound like something Apple would do.
That said, Apple will announce pricing details on Wednesday, and at least of the new iPhones will be available for preorders on Friday. The new iPhone everybody will buy this year, the cheaper iPhone 9/XC/XR might launch a few weeks later. The dual-SIM iPhones might also see some delays.