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Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year

Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year
Conrad Doyle | 11 January, 2019, 20:28

It's not clear from the reports what Apple's purported third lens would bring to the table - although it may relate to Apple's AR ambitions.

The XR has struggled to take off since it was launched in October previous year.

One of the new handsets will be a successor to the struggling iPhone XR, the entry-level device Apple introduced in 2018 with an LCD screen. The three-camera setup supposedly won't be available on the regular, 5.8-inch iPhone 11, which would also be a major differentiator unlike last year's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max where the hardware was practically the same. Currently, the iPhone XR is the only model that doesn't have 3D Touch and instead has Haptic Touch, a feature that uses long-display presses and haptic feedback to evoke new actions. Next year, the report notes, all new iPhones will feature OLED screens. The high-end 2019 iPhone will reportedly feature three rear-facing cameras, we're told, while the other phones will have two rear shooters.

"What we want from Apple is something that makes us emotional, even unconsciously-say, truly handsome and sophisticated design that we can't resist", said Atsushi Osanai, a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo who is an expert in electronics.

According to the Journal's report, once again Apple will release three new models of iPhone. For reference, the 64GB variant of iPhone XR is priced at $749 in the US. Among other features, the LCD display lets Apple sell the XR at a lower price than the OLED-display-toting iPhone XS and XS Max. However, for 2020, Apple will completely switch to the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, display for iPhones, thereby completely dropping the LCD model, the report said.

Apple doesn't do CES, but Apple-related news and rumors usually dominate the biggest consumer electronics show of the year. And with iPhone sales declining, you can be sure there will be a bunch of ridiculous rumours to build up hype for the next iPhones.

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