When Apple announced the iPhone X last September, it painted itself into a corner. With two “8s” (the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus) and a “ten”, the iPhone 9 was passed over, and a whole new Roman numbering system was on the table. Now, with three rumored new 2018 iPhones on deck for its big September 12 unveiling — said to be three different screen sizes, but all using the iPhone X-style Face ID — how will Apple designate and delineate the trio of models? Here are some possibilities. Go for the ‘S’ Last year, Apple broke its own iPhone/iPhone S cycle, where iPhones in every even year sees a major upgrade — often accompanied by a physical redesign — while odd years get internal updates with the suffix “S.” The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus “should” have been the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, but Apple jumped a whole number. And with its radical redesign, the iPhone X — pronounced “iPhone Ten” — leaped two more numbers up the scale, leapfrogging 9 altogether. Rumor has it that this year Apple returns to the S update. The iPhone X successor could actually be three phones, including a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED-screen iPhone, both of which are called iPhone XS. That’s according to 9to5Mac, which claims exclusive images and intel. A third iPhone, said to have 6.1-inch LCD screen, would be the most affordable of the three, but that wasn’t shown or named by 9to5mac. That makes sense to a point, and is a return to… [Read full story]
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