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Could this be the 'cheap' iPhone we've been waiting for?

Could this be the 'cheap' iPhone we've been waiting for?

While most people expect the largest 6.5-inch "iPhone XS Max/Plus" to face supply shortages, Bloomberg says the new 6.1-inch iPhone - tentatively dubbed "iPhone 9", "iPhone XC" or "XR" - might also ship in "limited quantities, initially". Apple's new iPhones are expected to come with big upgrades over the current lot, but also carry higher price tags. That email, spotted by iPhone Italia, cautions employees to expect heavy workloads around September 21. The LCD model is reportedly called iPhone XC, whereas, the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models are reportedly called iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus respectively. It is very likely that these are the names of the new iPhones, but Apple fans will know for sure in a few days.

The "Gather Round" media event starts at 10AM pacific time on Wednesday, September 12th. That squares with past iPhone rollouts. Apple confirms that the X is the most popular iPhone model on the market, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hit the top spots in the smartphone industry. The new phones landed in stores a week later on Friday, Sept. 22. Dual-SIM support and new color options may be available to select customers.

As with all things Apple, we'd advise you take all rumours with a pinch of salt because nothing is confirmed until CEO Tim Cook takes to the stage and lets us get a good look at his gadgets. Imaging is expected to be taken care of by a dual-lens setup with FaceID on the front. In fact, you should nearly expect it to happen whenever a new iPhone form-factor launches. "While the three iPhones will have nearly non-existent bezels like the iPhone X, the 6.1-inch iPhone's bezels may be slightly thicker due to the LCD display instead of the OLED display". This may be a problem since it seems Apple has a tight supply of the device because of minor complications fitting backlights for the LCD display. The Apple Watch Series 4 is expected to come with an edge-to-edge display with bigger screen size.

The name gameLast year Apple kept us guessing till the end on what the 10th-anniversary iPhone would be called. The "S" name would be a return to form for Apple, which has a history of adding the letter "S" to iPhone models with updated components, new features and no major changes to the exterior design. "But as device replacement cycles extend and device installed base growth slows to single digits, we believe Services will pick up the growth baton and account for ~67 percent of Apple revenue growth over the next five years".