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Apple won't launch an iPhone with in-display touch ID but it could release the 'XS MAX' model

September 5, 2018 10:19 PM
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Apple won't launch an iPhone with in-display touch ID, report claims (but its 6.5-inch Plus model could get the unusual name, 'XS Max')

Apple is widely expected to launch three new iPhones at its annual September event next week.

It comes as separate reports have indicated Apple may ditch its idea of introducing an in-display Touch ID.

Many believe Apple is eyeing the elimination of its usual naming convention, 'Plus,' to describe the biggest device in its iPhone lineup.

In in its place, 9to5Mac is reporting that the firm would go with 'Max' to describe the device, which should it feature a 6.5-inch screen, would mark Apple's biggest iPhone yet.

Longtime Apple blogger John Gruber noted that Apple might be dropping the word Plus as the firm has used that naming convention in the past to indicate that Plus devices included upgraded features, like better components, cameras and the like.

This year, many believe that the only difference between the base 5.8-inch model and the 6.5-inch device will be screen size.

Both phones are expected to get a new A12 processor and 4 gigabytes of RAM, representing a significant upgrade from the iPhone X.

Apple may also be dropping another rumored feature of the upcoming iPhones.

The firm has long weighed the idea of adding an in-display touch ID to the iPhone as a way for users to control it in lieu of a physical button.

However, the technology proved to be expensive and complicated to integrate.

9to5Mac has reported that Apple will forego that idea altogether in favor of adopting facial recognition technology, or Face ID, across all its devices.

The name that seems just as peculiar is the 'iPhone Xr,' VentureBeat noted, given that it doesn't convey any obvious meaning like the 'iPhone X' - it signified the iPhone's 10 year anniversary.

Already, Twitter users were calling into question the rumored iPhone names.

They reveal the 'iPhone XS' with a 5.8inch screen, alongside a 'Series 4' version of Apple's Watch.

Apple last week sent out invites for the launch of the latest version of the iPhone and Watch.

It will take place on September 12th at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's 'spaceship' HQ in Cupertino.

It is believed that Apple is branding this year's lineup an 'S year' - meaning the new devices will mostly include internal improvements, instead of any major aesthetic overhauls, Bloomberg claimed earlier this week.

This tallies with previous reports that suggest Apple will launch three new models that resemble the existing iPhone X all-screen design on September 12th.

The three models are tipped to boast 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch displays.

All three models could have a battery charge that lasts for more than a day thanks to a new Apple-designed processor that is set to increase battery life by as much as 40 per cent.


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