Gurman says that Apple is testing prototypes of the larger variant with a display resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels. The new, affordable devices will feature the edge-to-edge screen seen on the iPhone X in order to give the device a more modern feel. All three upcoming smartphones will feature the latest processor and will also support Face ID bringing them on par with the current generation iPhone X. As for the body design, Apple could continue using the aluminium material for the cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, while the other two are using the glass back for wireless charging objective just like the iPhone 8.
It's always been rumored that Apple is going to launch three new iPhones this fall, all with a design very similar to that of the iPhone X from previous year. But it will have a bezel-less display that is seen on the iPhone X model. However, the hype was short-lived as the big phone from the California based company could not sell well, clocking only around 77.3 million iPhones in the final-quarter of 2017, below the analyst's expectation of 80.2 million units.
Apple will use an LCD screen on the budget-friendly phone for cost-cutting, but it will house aluminium edges and glass back to deliver a premium look.
Like the iPhone X, the larger model will include a Face ID scanner that unlocks the device and enables payments. The gold option is especially appealing to consumers in Asia and may help boost sales in the region. The current iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen. Apple's also considering adding a dual SIM tray to the new iPhones but might choose eSIM technology paired with a physical SIM slot instead. This may be scrapped, however, if they proceed with their E-SIM tech that lets devices connect to cellular networks without inserting the traditional SIM card. The two-SIM feature would enable the iPhone to be more easily used overseas by frequent travelers, a common request of European and Asian users. Keep it locked for much more from Apple coming soon. This might result in some cannibalization of iPad sales as the Plus - unlike the iPhone X - could serve as a "phablet", with features halfway between a phone and a tablet.