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Upcoming iPhone X successors will offer diverse choices but Apple hasn't zeroed in on the names yet

The upcoming iPhone X successor will come in three size variants. (Source: MacRumors)
The upcoming iPhone X successor will come in three size variants. (Source: MacRumors)
Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone X successors this September and apparently, the company is referring to them as 'S' devices as they are externally similar to the iPhone X and only sport internal upgrades. The largest iPhone of the bunch will be a 6.5-inch model internally referred to as 'D33'. The 'D32' is the upgrade to the current 5.8-inch iPhone X while 'N84' will be the cheapest of the lot and will sport a 6.1-inch LCD screen and come in multiple color options.

The next generation of Apple iPhones are expected to be announced in the company's September event and Bloomberg reports that Apple is looking to diversify the iPhone product lineup like never before. The devices will not be a radically departure from the iPhone X and will, in fact, inherit most of its features including the design, gesture-based navigation, and Face ID security. 

Bloomberg reports that internally, this launch is being dubbed the 'S' year to suggest that the handsets will retain the existing design but sport refreshed internals. Significant changes are reportedly being reserved for next year. The increase in the number of iPhone models could be Apple's strategy to indirectly expand the sales of accessories and services such as music and video. While the iPhone X did not result in as many sales as Apple would have hoped, the premium price it commanded ensured that it was still profitable. 

News about three new iPhone models for 2018 is not unheard of and we've been reporting about the presence of three iPhone models since January. Recently, we saw pictures of the front panels of the 2018 iPhones leak giving us a fair idea of what to expect in terms of screen size. Of the three, the highest-end variant is codenamed 'D33' and will come with a 6.5-inch OLED display making it the largest iPhone yet. It is said to sport a glass back with stainless steel edges and a dual camera setup on the back. The software on 'D33' will be optimized to take advantage of the larger screen and can display two apps side-by-side.

The current iPhone X will also be getting a direct upgrade, which is internally codenamed the 'D32'. 'D32' will have the same 5.8-inch OLED screen as the iPhone X and the upgrades are mostly related to the processor and camera. Both these OLED phones will be assembled by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, which started assembling them in late July. 

There is also a lower-end variant that is internally dubbed the 'N84' that will sport a 6.1-inch LCD display and will come in multiple colors with aluminum edges. This variant will be assembled by both Hon Hai and Pegatron Corp. and production is reported to have commenced this month. As reported earlier, TSMC will be supplying the 7nm Apple A12 SoC. iPhone camera lens supplier Largan Precision Co. is also expected to get increased orders by virtue of the new iPhones.

Apparently, Apple is still undecided on the naming convention for the 2018 iPhones. The lower-end model has a 6.1-inch screen but the actual iPhone X successor is smaller at 5.8-inches, which can potentially confuse customers. The company is also contemplating dropping the 'Plus' moniker for the larger model. Nevertheless, we should be able to get some clues as we near launch. 

Apart from new iPhones, the September event this year will be jam-packed with new product announcements such as an updated Mac Mini, a larger Apple Watch, updated AirPods, an AirPower wireless charger, and revamped iPad Pros. The new iPad Pro models will sport slimmer bezels and will switch to a complete gesture-based UI. They are also expected to drop support for Touch ID and forego the headphone jack. The iPad Mini and the latest 9.7-inch iPad will not be upgraded according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-08-27 (Update: 2018-08-27)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.