This post was most recently updated on June 29th, 2018
If you plan to buy new hardware from Apple recently, it’s best to wait another three months. Let us say until September 2018. This is about the time you can have a feel of Apple 2018 upcoming devices. It is only two months away from Apple’s new product launch in the second half of the year. As a result, rumours have gradually increased.
According to the rhythm of previous years, the new iPhone will continue to be the core of the conference and the protagonist of the “buy, buy, and buy” voice. As for other products, we tend to harbour a “devotional state of mind”.
In addition to the three new iPhones, several product lines, including the iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook, will welcome a major change. This may not even be like a conference.
Combining these details, we can also sort out a relatively clear lineup of Apple’s new products.
Apple 2018 upcoming devices: changes to the iPhone
From this year’s new iPhone, there will be no more Apple phones with the Home button.
There are a lot of news about the new iPhone each year, but in fact this node can basically eliminate false information. As early as the end of last year, the supply chain said that in 2018, the iPhone will usher in three new products: In addition to the existing 5.8-inch iPhone X upgrade, there will be a 6.5-inch large-screen OLED model, and a 6.1-inch or so. LCD screen version.
So, as long as there are no other surprises, in addition to the difference in size, the positive faces of the three new models should all look similar: they will all have a full-screen design similar to the current iPhone X. As for the unsightly bangs, this year will certainly not go away, but perhaps its area can be further reduced.
Specific to the model details, the 5.8-inch version has nothing to new offer. It is basically similar to the current iPhone X; and the 6.5-inch large-screen OLED model is what we often call the “iPhone X Plus” (also has 6.4 inches ), its size and thickness is very similar to the current iPhone 8 Plus, the screen resolution will be further improved than the iPhone X, I believe it will attract a lot of like the full-screen form.
Apple 2018 upcoming devices: The 6.1 inch LCD version
As for the 6.1 inch or so LCD screen version, it should be the lowest priced in the new iPhone product line. Also, it will be the main shipment model this year. Although this size is slightly larger than the iPhone X, it will only be equipped with a single camera. Perhaps it will also cut off the 3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen due to cost. Whether the LCD panel will affect the width of the border or not is currently unclear.
In terms of configuration, the new iPhone series will use the A12 chip that TSMC is mass producing. And this time, the A12 will also take the lead in adopting the 7nm process technology. This specification is smaller than the current 10nm specifications of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, but its performance is stronger. The power consumption is also lower; the storage aspect is also expected to be upgraded from the current 3GB to 4GB specifications.
As for the interface and the charging head, earlier there has been a higher degree of credibility. It is reported that this year’s new iPhone comes with a USB-C to Lightning charging cable, which will be adapted to the new USB-C fast charging charger. By next year, Apple will switch to USB-C for the iPhone, further. However, if Apple is a little more aggressive, the data interface is estimated to be cut off, eventually being abandoned by the Times like the 3.5mm headset hole.
At present, there is still a problem that is unknown, that is whether Apple will launch dual-card dual-standby models for the Chinese market. To be honest, the probability is not high. From an integration point of view, Apple will prefer to choose virtual SIM services similar to iPad and Apple Watch.
Apple 2018 upcoming devices: Would there be a three camera lens iPhone this year?
Another common saying is the three-camera iPhone. Considering that Apple is now paying attention to AR scenes, structured light or similar ToF recognition technology will soon be applied to the rear camera. But the results of these specific technologies may not be visible until next year.
Apple 2018 upcoming devices: the full-screen iPad
The arrival of a full-screen iPad is only a matter of time. Compared with the iPhone, the new iPad Pro has a lot less to consider. Especially when you take into consideration the upgrades in the past two years, the iPad will bring even bigger changes.
The current forecast is still the same as before, this year’s iPad’s development goals will follow the iPhone X – completely cancel the entity fingerprint Home key to use the Face ID face recognition system. This not only meets the goal of Apple’s unified product experience but also further enhances the iPad Pro’s screen space share and visual perception.
The change in the interface that iOS 12 brings can be confirmed by this change. In the new system, the iPad has been able to interact with the same gestures as the iPhone X. For example, sliding from the bottom of the screen can return to the main screen. The bottom of the screen can also be switched between different apps. Date and time, WiFi and battery icons The placement is also the same as the current iPhone X, avoiding the top center as much as possible, these can be seen as Apple’s design plan for the full-screen iPad.
However, in the new form, Apple will also design a “bang for the iPad”, but it has become the biggest suspense. After all, compared to cutting out a gap, at this stage, we hope that Apple can put structural light into the iPad’s border – even if the border cannot be made narrower. But at least to ensure the integrity of the screen.
Apple 2018 upcoming devices: In order to attract more students, MacBook is also sold cheaper
Unlike the iPhone and iPad, the Apple MacBook product line is more like the pace of the annual Intel processor update, maintaining a periodic hardware upgrade. But this year, there is a new trend that has been mentioned several times in the industry. That is news about the “low-priced MacBook Air.”
Considering that this year is still the “10th anniversary of the birth of the MacBook Air,” I think this name is enough to make Apple make a new round of changes.
Combining the news of the March exposure, this rumoured 13-inch new product should replace the current MacBook Air status and become the new entry-level Apple MacBook product. As originally planned, it should have appeared at the WWDC conference in the second quarter of this year, but due to supply chain reasons, Apple had to postpone it until the second half of the year.
Although it is still difficult to determine whether the new MacBook will be equipped with a Retina screen, the specific configuration is still vague, but given its low price positioning, Apple really wants to target the student market, just as the current Google Chromebook is doing Things.
Of course, this low-cost reference is the starting price of the current “Air” series of 999 US dollars, so we still do not expect Apple will come up with the price of 200-400 US dollars MacBook products.