Apple’s iPhone X Plus update in the autumn of 2018 could see three or even four new iPhones launched at the same time, and fans can’t wait to hear the announcements.
In this article, we look at all the rumors concerning the successor to the iPhone X, and the expected larger iPhone X Plus: their release date, prices, design changes, tech specs and new features.
We’ve got the latest leaked photos, along with news that the A12 chip being used in the iPhone X Plus is already under production using the 7nm process, and a source predicting that the LCD model will be available in blue, yellow and pink.
We also think Apple is likely to update the iPhone X Plus SE in the spring of 2018, and we have a separate article addressing iPhone SE 2 rumours. And for advice related to the current lineup, read our iPhone buying guide and roundup of the best iPhone X Plus deals.
What will the new iPhone X Plus be called?
Here are some of the possibilities:
iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus
iPhone 11 and 11 Plus (aka iPhone XI and XI Plus)
iPhone Xs and Xs Plus
iPhone X Plus (to join the existing iPhone X)
Or just plain iPhone and iPhone Plus
There are enough potential names for the new 2018 iPhone that we could probably write a whole article just about that! Tell us what you think in the poll below.
Release date for the new iPhone X Plus
We expect the successor(s) to the iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X to be unveiled in Sept 2018. This would be one year after the iPhone 8 launched, and is in line with Apple’s usual habit of launching a new flagship iPhone every September.
In 2017 the company didn’t launch all of its new iPhone X Plus at the same time: the iPhone X arrived one month after the 8 and 8 Plus. (Whether this was intentional isn’t completely clear.) But we don’t expect there will be a staggered launch for the new iPhones in autumn 2018.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple’s focus this year will be to ensure all the new models are ready to meet the same shipping date. “Achieving stable shipments and on-time shipping” will be the company’s aim, he said in a research note back in October 2017.
And in Mar 2018 the Taiwanese site DigiTimes, citing “sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses”, predicted that Apple will begin production earlier than usual – in Q2 – in order to avoid the stock bottlenecks it suffered in 2017. That should make a staggered launch less likely.
In April 2018 the French site Consomac spotted 11 new entries – all of the devices running iOS 11 – in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, which suggests that Apple is registering models ahead an iPhone launch. At this point in the year, however, this is far more likely to indicate an imminent iPhone SE 2 announcement.