Apple iPhone XS: What we know so far

We are now so close to the unveiling of 2018 iPhone models. Apple officially confirmed that the company will hold an event on September 12th where it will announce three new iPhone models, one of which includes iPhone XS. For some background, Apple has started sending out invites to the world press to its launch event, which gives us a first look at the theme of the event.

Apple’s media invitations feature the tagline “Gather Round”, likely referring to the Apple Park. This has suggested that the upcoming event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple Park campus. That’s the same location where the last year’s event was held.

In reality, we have heard a lot of rumors regarding this year’s iPhone models. Apple has been long rumored to announce a cheaper iPhone model at the event. The phone will feature a 6.1 inch LCD display but lack some features to achieve a lower price tag.

However, in this article, we will focus on the upcoming iPhone XS, the successor of the current iPhone X. The iPhone XS is expected to retain what we have loved about the iPhone X while promising a lot of big upgrades.

In the section below, we have gathered everything we know so far about the upcoming iPhone XS. For some background, the iPhone XS will come in two screen sizes at launch, which hints that Apple will announce an iPhone XS Plus this year. Apple confirmed that the event will take place on September 12th, meaning that the release date will be September 21, 9 days after the unveiling event.

  1. iPhone XS price

Apple’s new iPhone models are never cheap on the market. Last year, Apple announced the iPhone X with a lot of premium components and changes. However, the X is the most expensive iPhone model ever released to the public as it sets you back $999 at launch.

The iPhone X was met with a wide welcome last year. Apple claimed that the X remains the most popular iPhone model on the market. Indeed, Apple shipped over 16 million iPhone X units in the first quarter of the year. Apple is expected to sell 7 million iPhone X units by the end of the year thanks to New Year’s discount and promotion programs.

Sources claim that the upcoming iPhone XS may cost $1000 at launch for the 64GB model, which will burn a serious hole in your wallet this year. However, that’s cheaper than the recently-released Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which costs up to $1,250 for the 512GB version.

  1. Size and design

According to reports, the upcoming iPhone XS will come with the same size as the current iPhone X. However, Apple will trim more bezels to allow for a thinner iPhone model. Besides, the iPhone XS Plus is believed to be the biggest iPhone model ever on the market as it sports a 6.5-inch screen.

When it comes to screen technology, both models will feature OLED display panels. Last year, Apple first adopted the OLED panel on its iPhone lineup, which paves the way for all OLED-enabled iPhone models in the future.

When it comes to design, the upcoming iPhone XS will take some design hints from the last year’s model, with an all-glass back and a curved display panel. Besides, the device will also have a much-improved Face ID.

For some background, Face ID is Apple’s new security measure which first debuted on the iPhone X. As the name suggests, Face ID allows you to unlock your phone with a simple glance. Apple has been improving Face ID since the day one in order to offer a better user experience.

Earlier this week, sources say that 2018 iPhone models will not feature an in-display fingerprint scanner at launch. This goes against with what we heard in previous rumors that the under-display fingerprint scanner will make its way into 2018 iPhone models.

  1. Specs

Sources claim that the upcoming iPhone XS will be powered by Apple’s latest A12 chip, a huge upgrade over the A11 Bionic chip that now powers 2017 models. Rumors claim that Apple has been working on its A12 chipset for years in an attempt to make sure that things go smoothly at launch.

According to reliable sources, TMSC will be Apple’s sole supplier of A series of chips for iPhone models until 2023. In reality, TMSC is one of the biggest manufacturers of mobile chips on the market. The Taiwanese firm will also be providing Samsung with chips for upcoming Galaxy phones. Besides, the upcoming iPhone XS will have 4GB of RAM, while the cheaper iPhone will feature 3GB of RAM at launch.

What do you think of the upcoming iPhone XS? Let us know in the comments below.

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