Thanks to a regulatory listing made by Apple in the Eurasian database, we now know there are three new models of iPhone on the way, with a number of ‘sub models’ in each range. From Forbes’ Gordon Kelly discusses the details:
Spotted by Consomac, Apple has chosen to publicly file identifiers for all its new iPhones in the Eurasian database, and it confirms three distinct designs will be coming to market. The iPhone model identifiers are: A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099 and A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105, and A2106. There are three clear runs here: A19, A20 and A21.
Logic would suggest these are arranged by price with the A19 referring to the new 6.1-inch budget iPhone X (details), the A20 being the second generation 5.8-inch iPhone X (details) and A21 the massive 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus (details), we can’t say for sure as they may be ordered by size.
FaceID For Everyone In New iPhone X Hardware
Following its debut in the iPhone X, Apple is ready to bring FaceID to its full range of iOS devices. Numbers from the supply chain point to an explosion of critical components used in the facial recognition system, as I reported earlier this week:
Currently just one iPhone carries FaceID – the iPhone X – but the increase in numbers in the supply chain would be enough to equip three handsets. This would be the upcoming iPhone X Plus, the revamped iPhone X for 2018, and the entry-level LCD equipped iPhone that will replace the iPhone 8. The expected updates to the iPad will likely see FaceID incorporated into the hardware.
Apple has placed a lot of marketing power behind FaceID and its ease of use. The VCSEL reduces the potential of false positive matches and means that banking applications are comfortable using FaceID for biometric recognition. On Android devices with Face Unlock, a fingerprint is still needed to make digital purchases and user authentication in secure environments.
Cutting The iPhone’s Parts Budget Through Old Screen Technology
There’s also the small matter of updating the iPhone 8. The suspicion of many is that a ‘Budget iPhone X’ will be used, bringing over many X features (such as the aforementioned FaceID) but to get the price down from last year’s $999 to something more acceptable, there will need to be significant compromises. This week saw details of the biggest decision Apple has made for this model. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:
In short, despite copying the so-called ‘bezel-less’ design of the more expensive second-generation iPhone X (details) and new iPhone X Plus (details), Apple’s new budget iPhone X will have noticeably thicker bezels. Thanks to an inherent design limitation, which stems from cost-cutting.In order to make the budget iPhone X so affordable, Apple is fitting it with an LCD panel rather than the more expensive OLED panels in the gen two iPhone X and iPhone X Plus. The OLED panels in these phones actually bend around to the back so Apple can hide the display connector away from the end resulting in their tiny bezels. But LCD displays don’t bend.