New iPhone X (2018) leaks and rumours: release date, price, specs and more

Here's what Apple is planning for the new iPhone X range of phones

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Every year there's always a huge amount of hype around the annual launch of new iPhones, and 2018 is going to be no different.

The big day is almost upon us and the rumours are coming thick and fast: we're hearing there are likely to be three new iPhone X phones in the 2018 line-up, and maybe even a new iPhone SE too (though that seems less likely).

Most if not all of these new devices are set to use Apple's new 7nm A12 chip so will offer significantly enhanced performance over last year's models.

To make sure you're right up to date with everything we've heard about the successors to the iPhone X – a set of phones which all signs indicate will still be called the iPhone X for now – we've collected together all the gossip and tittle-tattle about the  2018 iPhones right here on this page.

Make sure you check back regularly for the latest news, as we piece together the puzzle of the next batch of iPhones.

New iPhone X (2018) price

The price is likely to play a big part in your decision whether or not to buy the 2018 iPhone. Perhaps due to reports of sluggish sales for the premium iPhone X, it has been reported that the 2018 iPhone X will retail for a slightly more affordable $899, while the new iPhone X SE will cost $799, and iPhone X Plus $999.

Apple often keeps dollar and pound sterling pricing the same, so we might be looking at £899, £799, and $999 respectively.

This makes sense to us as we have heard speculation that Apple has managed to shave off the cost of the iPhone X by 10 percent while it's been ramping up production. So you may be able to get new iPhone tech a little cheaper than last year this time around.

New iPhone X (2018) release date

New iPhone X (2018) launch

Apple's invite to its 2017 iPhone launch

This is an easier one to call. Like clockwork, Apple always schedules an iPhone launch for September, so it won't want to ruin its production plans now.

That means the new iPhone announcement is almost certain to be in September 2018 – and most likely on September 12 at 10am San Francisco time (that's 1pm in New York and 6pm in London).

There will undoubtedly be a live stream of the event, if you're not in the hallowed circle of invitees, and following the unveiling we'd expect the 2018 iPhone release date to be around the end of September.

Apple is apparently keen to avoid any shipping delays, and has been producing the new phones for a while now, according to reports.

New iPhone X (2018) design and colours 

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All the rumours and speculation we've seen so far hint at the 2018 iPhone models being very similar in terms of design this time around, with the "old" iPhone style getting retired completely.

Here are some of the many leaked images to hit the web – as you can see, there isn't a huge amount of difference between this and the iPhone X from 2017.

As for 2018 iPhone X colours, the silver and space grey we saw on the 2017 models aren't likely to go anywhere any time soon, but the gold sheen found on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is being tipped to make it to the iPhone X range this year.

Apple recently launched red editions of its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus handsets, to help raise money for AIDS charities, so that might happen again this time around... although the iPhone X has so far been left out of the red party, so we're not holding our breath.

There has also been talk of Apple's new super-sized iPhone X Plus being made available in a unique gold colourway.

It’s also been said – and seems logical – that the more affordable iPhone X will use modern, primary colour blocking, similar to the old iPhone 5C. It sounds like you'll have plenty of choice when it comes to the new phones.

New iPhone X (2018) expected models

New 2018 iPhone

One of the certainties surrounding the 2018 iPhone is that we've got multiple iPhones to look forward to – all with the iPhone X-style design, and all using Face ID. Additionally, the original iPhone X is going to stay on sale as a cheaper alternative, according to The Investor.

Another Asian news outlet, DigiTimes, reckons there will be three new flagship iPhones in 2018 – and that they will have a 5.7 to 5.8-inch LCD screen, a 6.0 to 6.1-inch LCD screen, and a 6.4 to 6.5-inch OLED screen respectively. OLED offers more vibrant colours and contrast, but LCD is cheaper, so it's likely that the biggest iPhone would be the most expensive.

According to The Wall Street Journal that cheaper, LCD, mid-sized iPhone is expected to be the big seller, but a lot could hinge on how the prices match up. Meanwhile, that rumour of a large, top-end, 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus has been reported by Bloomberg, too.

At this stage it's not clear exactly what Apple is going to call the three handsets: we think it might keep the iPhone X naming, but iPhone 11, iPhone XI, and iPhone X2 could all be on the cards for one of the models, with a "Plus" moniker added for the larger device.

As for the cheaper LCD version, it might be called the iPhone 9. At this stage we'll just have to wait and see what Apple is planning.

New iPhone X (2018) specs and hardware

According to one of the more respected Apple analysts out there, the design of the phones will get a tweak with a stainless steel frame around the edges, in a bid to improve data transmission speeds and stability.

If there is going to be that bigger iPhone X Plus this year (the current one has a display size of 5.8 inches), then this might be the screen for it. Note the notch is still present – the talk is we're going to have to wait until 2019 before Apple can get the necessary face recognition technology hidden behind the display.

The usual internal upgrades have been mooted, too, and Apple will no doubt unveil a faster, more power-efficient chip for the 2018 iPhones to run on, as it does every year. One of the rumours to hit the wires says all iPhone models will use the same brand of internal modem – not the most exciting rumour in the world, but it does mean you'll get the same data speeds no matter which iPhone you pick up.

Minor camera upgrades are also almost certain, though short of adding a third lens to the rear camera on the most expensive iPhone, there's not all that much room for improvement in this department.

Apple isn't expected to follow the lead of the Huawei P20 Pro this year, but Samsung added a dual-aperture system to its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus phones, so Apple could try some similar kind of lens trickery.

Also coming down the pipe is an iPhone with a curved screen, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. Whether or not that kind of aesthetic upgrade makes it through the Apple approval process in time for the 2018 iPhone XI remains to be seen, though.

The same source suggests Apple is also keen on a touchless gesture interface for iOS, so you could swipe the air above your iPhone to dismiss notifications, for example. We've seen this on Samsung phones in the past, and now it sounds like Apple is readying something similar.

New iPhone X (2018): other features

New 2018 iPhone

One of the most surprising rumours we've seen around the 2018 iPhone X handsets is that some or all of them are going to support the Apple Pencil. That added stylus support would certainly help Apple compete better with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Now that the iPhones have wireless charging, the other obvious area where Apple is lagging behind the Android manufacturers is in fast charging – something you see on almost every Google-powered phone these days.

The 2017 iPhones can actually charge faster than normal, but you need to buy a special cable and charging adapter. Would it be too much to ask for this to be included as standard next time around? And while Apple's at it, perhaps we could have battery life that goes for more than a day between charges?

We've seen reports that Apple is bundling a new and improved charger with the new iPhones this year, so it looks as though Tim Cook and Jony Ive might have heard our pleas.

While we'd love to see an innovation like a folding smartphone (which is something Apple has filed patents for), it's unlikely that this kind of advanced tech is going to be ready in time for 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for this in years to come.

Don't forget that any smartphone experience involves both hardware and software, and so the successor to iOS 11 is going to play a big part in how well the 2018 iPhones are received.

Some extra AR magic would be most welcome, and Apple might even get around to introducing a DayDream View-style headset for its phones too. Also on the software side, Siri is learning a few new tricks this year too.

On the whole, iOS 12 is going to focus on stability and bug fixing. Bad news if you were hoping for some major new improvements to the software, but good news for a rock-solid, reliable 2018 iPhone X. Apparently an improved landscape mode is on the way, but don't get too excited.

We should be hearing a lot more about the 2018 iPhones as the September launch draws closer, and we'll bring you the best of the leaks and rumours right here. It looks like being another exciting year for fans of Apple's iconic handset.