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iOS 12 beta code yields another possible leak: a new phone this time

The new 'iPhone' icon found in the beta code. (Source: Twitter)
The new 'iPhone' icon found in the beta code. (Source: Twitter)
A developer has turned up yet another icon that may represent another new Apple device. This one may correspond to the putative iPhone XI Plus. It may also be larger than its nearest predecessor, and retain some of its main front-panel features.

Nothing concrete is known about the successors to the iPhone X at this stage. Nevertheless, the internet abounds with speculations that Apple will release not one but several models to follow up on the tenth-anniversary mobile device. They are purported to include the iPhone 9 (even though that name appears to have been passed over already) and a model with a 6.5-inch display, currently dubbed the iPhone XI Plus.

The 'XI Plus' is rumored to be released next month, along with its potential siblings. Now, we also have a new rumor that may be related to its possible looks and dimensions. As with the next iPad Pro, it revolves around an icon buried in the code of the latest iOS beta. It has been dug up by the developer and 9to5Mac writer Guilherme Rambo. He posted his findings on Twitter, claiming to have found it in iOS 12 beta's PassKitUIFoundation. Rambo characterized the image posted as: 

payment glyphs for the iPhone X Plus, iPhone X (for comparison) and 2018 iPad Pro. 

Given the differences, particularly in length, between the two 'phone' icons, it is reasonable to presume that the new one indicates an iPhone Plus model of some kind. On the other hand, this is not much on which to base speculation. On the other hand, the image also faithfully mimics the iPhone X design language..right down to the display notch. Therefore, it may be another small piece of evidence that Apple's next generation of phones is iterative at best in terms of appearance. 

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-08- 6 (Update: 2018-08- 6)