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iPhone-Updates-2018There were rumours around cancellations of the iPhone x and the iPhone SE and the release of three new phones. The latest on this is that mac rumors has now updated its report saying that it is the fabled SE 2 that has been dropped. Apple was rumored to launch an iPhone SE 2 this summer, but the company is yet to unveil such a model.

Features of the iPhone X and the SE

The iPhone X is undoubtedly Apples' best smartphone to date. It was the first iPhone in four years to undergo a major redesign though sharing similar internal hardware as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The 5.8-inch screen has a 2,436 x 1,125-pixel resolution (458 pixels per inch), and it’s razor sharp. Colors are vibrant, blacks are finally as pitch-dark as many other OLED Android phones, and it’s easy to read in direct sunlight. The phones all-glass rear is almost the same as the iPhone 8 Plus, except the dual-camera setup has turned to a vertical orientation. With only the Apple and iPhone logo printed on the glass, the back looks minimal and sleek. The vertical orientation is a dead giveaway you have the iPhone X.

Face ID is the hallmark of the iPhone X, and a huge gamble for Apple, since it completely replaces Touch ID. Instead of swiping a fingerprint, just look at your phone, and it unlocks.Face ID gets better over time because it’s continually updating its model of you, which is why it recommends to never reset your Face ID profile. The other big feature you can use Face ID’s 3D-mapping sensors and cameras for is Animoji. Open the Messages app and you’ll find a new option to send an animated emoji to a friend, or an Animoji. It tracks your facial expressions, with surprising accuracy, and records whatever you say, kind of like motion capture used in movies. You can send this to anyone, on Android or iOS, and they’ll be able to see it because it’s a standard video file. It’s a fun feature!

The iPhone X has a very similar camera to the iPhone 8 Plus. Both feature a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, but the 12-megapixel telephoto lens has a wider f/2.4 aperture over the 8 Plus' f/2.8 aperture. This helps in low light situations with 2x optical zoom, as well as Portrait Mode as it uses the telephoto lens. Drop tests aren't very scientific but here's an article on the breakability of the iPhone X.

If you are thinking of purchasing an iPhone X here are a few more features.

The iPhone SE is still holding out against its big-screen siblings, this 4-inch handset continues to offer a compact, one-handed use that no other current iPhone can muster. It is a more than viable option for those looking for a low-cost iPhone, or a compact Apple handset. It's been updated to iOS11 - the latest software from Apple - and unlike the X, it has a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.  The camera is strong and on par with the iPhone 6S. The iPhone SE is designed to be easily operated with one hand, the 4-inch screen sitting just at the edge of a thumb stretch, and Apple is banking on this fact keeping the handset current.

Will The New Phone Be Called The iPhone 9?

Well, we don't think so. Here's why; for starters, it seems like a downgrade. Apple could for example, introduce the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Plus, which would be similar in naming convention to previous years for second-year updates, but 2018, with the introduction of the larger 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, will mark a major update year so the name doesn't quite fit.

What's Next?

Apple is planning to manufacture 91 million new iPhones this fall, and another 92 million in the first two quarters of 2019. Assuming there aren't any production snags, the new iPhone is expected to launch in September along with the other two new models. Last year, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus launched in late September and the iPhone X in early November. This year they could all arrive at the same time.

Apple gave the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus a splash of colour with the Product(Red) version, and it might get even more colourful for this year's model. Analysts predict is iPhone could get come in "grey, white, blue, red, and orange." The last time an iPhone came in blue or orange-like colour was the iPhone 5C. They also think that the upcoming iPhone series will fix Apple’s upgrade problem

How Many iPhones Do We Expect in 2018?

Evidence is mounting that Apple has at least three iPhone releases planned for the fall, just like it released the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in 2017. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was among the first to suggest that Apple would release three new iPhones in 2018. It is believed that one of those models will come with a 5.8-inch screen to match the iPhone X, but it'll be flanked by another featuring a 6.1-inch display. The largest of the bunch could deliver a display size of 6.5 inches, according to Kuo. 

As we're nearing September the rumours will be put to rest and the world will soon know. Stay tuned as we will regularly update this article with any information that emerges as to what Apple has planned for its future smartphones.