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2018 iPhone lineup: What can you expect tonight?

By Cookie Monster - 12 Sep 2018

Face ID and dual-SIM support

5.) Face ID coming to all three iPhone models?

Purported front panels of the three upcoming iPhone models. <br>Image source: @VenyaGeskin1

Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X last year and it is likely that Apple will expand its implementation to more products. 

Former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in October 2017 that Face ID would be positioned as a "key selling point" for the 2018 iPhone lineup with the removal of the Touch ID button. Earlier this year, ETNews and The Investor reported that all three iPhone models will come with Face ID. Apple is said to have diversified the suppliers for the components of the TrueDepth camera system. Purported front panels of the three upcoming iPhone models reveal a notch and no cutout for Touch ID which hints that Face ID is likely to be a standard feature. 

Our thoughts: Face ID is very likely coming to the 2018 iPhone lineup since the feature achieved above 90% customer satisfaction in a study by Creative Strategies. 


6.) Dual-SIM support coming to the iPhone for the first time! 

References of "dual-SIM support" found in iOS 12 beta 5. <br>Image source: 9to5Mac

While Android smartphones have featured dual-SIM support for many years, Apple has not introduced it to the iPhone lineup for the past 10 years. However, this could change later this year. 

Bloomberg claimed in February that Apple is considering to offer a dual-SIM model of the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone in some markets. Unlike the standard strategy of using a dual-SIM card slot, Apple is reportedly substituting it with eSIM technology. Former KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo later reported that dual-SIM support is coming to the 6.1-inch LCD and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models. Another report by Economic Daily News claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone with dual-SIM support will only be available in China. 

The first concrete evidence of Apple bringing this feature to the 2018 iPhone lineup appeared in the iOS 12 developer beta 5 where there are references to "second SIM status" and a "second SIM tray status" in the firmware. 

Chinese telcos have been teasing the launch of the first iPhone with dual-SIM support. China Mobile's poster suggests different uses for the two SIM card slots while China Telecom's poster claims that the iPhone can support dual SIM cards on dual 4G networks. This reinforces the earlier rumor that the dual-SIM model could be exclusive to China.

Our thoughts: It's a no-brainer for Apple to finally bring dual-SIM support to the 2018 iPhone lineup to sell more iPhones in a saturating market, but the rumor of it being exclusive to China is disappointing! 

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