Apple's iPhone X, iPad Pro 'likely' to face South Korea ban

Apple has sold more than a billion iPhones since the first model was unveiled by late co-founder Steve Jobs in 2007.

The 5.8 and 6.5-inch models may be called iPhone XS, indicating at mostly under-the-hood updates, with the larger model rumored to be differentiated with the "Max" moniker, instead of "Plus".

Given that both the Telecom leak and the China Mobile Facebook post are from China, it appears that dual SIM cards on iPhones will be aimed at the Chinese market, where Apple's phone sales are flagging compared to domestic rivals like Huawei and Oppo.

In addition to new models, Apple is also expected to unveil new wireless Airpods earbuds, an Apple Watch with a bigger display and maybe a wireless charging mat. The images also reveal the new space wallpaper that was earlier shared by 9to5Mac. Top of mind is, of course, the successor to the iPhone X, reportedly called the iPhone XS. It's not a bad bet to buy a slightly older-model iPhone, since Apple generally lowers the price of existing models when it rolls out new ones. We're past the point where we expected to see anymore significant leaks. This year there will be a new option.

For the most of 2018, we've been wondering: "How is Apple going to name the next iteration of the iPhone?".

Unconfirmed rumours suggest the larger iPhone will have space for two SIM cards - something frequent travellers in Europe and Asia have long wanted. While similar in size to the iPhone 8 Plus, the Xs Max will employ a steel chassis opposed to aluminum. Even so, the cheaper iPhone is still expected to sell for United States dollars 650 to USD 750. The iPhone XS is expected to be priced around $900 and the iPhone XC may come with a global price tag of something between $600 to $700.

Finally, Kuo gives hints about the new Apple Watch 4, which should have electrocardiography (ECG) and ceramic back.

Apple's new iPhone range could take the game to Samsung's Galaxy Note 9, which was launched last month and is considered to be the best Android phone ever.

Also odd is the fact that Apple is just now expanding its livestreams to other platforms.

"We still believe the smartphone market has some healthy growth in the years to come, although finding and competing in those markets and segments is increasingly more challenging", said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.

  • Arturo Norris