I’ve written extensively about Apple AAPL -0.36%’s plans to radically redesign its iPhones this year. We know there are three new models, with surprising price cuts, but big doubts remain about the existence of what is potentially the most exciting addition. That is, until now…
Taking to Twitter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman – one of the industry’s most respected Apple insiders – has corrected a story by 9to5Mac to confirm Apple is indeed making a radical “low-cost” version of the iPhone X for release this year.
Apple’s previous budget iPhone X CADs shows an iPhone SE size
Codenamed the ‘N84’, Gurman states Apple will fit it with an LCD display rather than OLED to reduce costs and he maintains his original sources claims from February that it will have an aluminium chassis (the iPhone X uses steel) and a glass back for wireless charging. I also know this model will use a single rear camera rather than dual modules, but the bezel-less display, notch and Face ID technology will be included.
And here’s where it gets interesting.
To date, there has been a split between claims Apple is manufacturing only a new iPhone X and larger iPhone X Plus with a second generation (and visually identical) iPhone SE 2 arriving in June. Meanwhile, my sources argue there will be four iPhones with these three models being supplemented by the aforementioned ‘budget’ iPhone X that launches alongside the other two main models in September.
Gurman adding his weight to the latter means we should all be excited.