2018 6.5-Inch iPhone to Be Similar in Size to iPhone 8 Plus, iOS 12 Could Feature Horizontal Face ID Support

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's upcoming 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, one of the three smartphones planned for 2018, will be about "the same size" as the iPhone 8 Plus, according to a "reliable supplier source" cited by Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

    The site says the 6.5-inch device could be 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 8 Plus due to the rear camera design, however, which will include a vertical dual-lens camera. The iPhone 8 Plus measures in at 7.5mm thick, while the iPhone X, which the new 6.5-inch iPhone will be modeled after, measures in at 7.7mm.

    A mockup of the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, via Mac Otakara​

    When it comes to dimensions, the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus is 6.24 inches long and 3.07 inches wide, but on that device, there are sizable bezels at the top and bottom. On the 6.5-inch iPhone, which can be thought of as a sort of "iPhone X Plus," there will be slimmer bezels and no Home button, with the display spanning from edge-to-edge.

    As for the next-generation 5.8-inch OLED device that will follow the iPhone X, Mac Otakara says it will use the same body as the current iPhone X, but it will feature a larger rear camera lens attributable to a bigger camera sensor.

    Rumors have suggested that the third device Apple plans on introducing, a lower-cost iPhone with an LCD display, will measure in at 6.1 inches, but Mac Otakara believes it could instead be a bit smaller at six inches.

    It will feature Face ID, but it may only have a single rear camera like the iPhone 8, compared to the dual-lens setup expected for Apple's two more expensive OLED devices. Former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said to expect a single rear camera.

    In addition to predicting features for Apple's 2018 iPhones, Mac Otakara's report suggests that iOS 12, the software that will run on both the new devices and existing devices, will feature improvements to Face ID.

    Face ID in iOS 12 will reportedly allow users to unlock a device when it is held at a horizontal angle, rather than limiting unlocking via Face ID to the vertical orientation. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says the horizontal Face ID support is designed for the upcoming iPad Pro models that are expected to incorporate Face ID and the TrueDepth Camera system. It's also likely that the horizontal support being added for the iPads will also work on iPhones.

    More information on what to expect in iOS 12, which will be unveiled in just under a month, can be found in our iOS 12 roundup. Additional details on what to expect in the iPhones coming in 2018, likely in the September timeframe, can be found in our 2018 iPhones roundup.

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  2. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
  3. Mykbibby macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
    I am certainly not the target audience for this device. I would imagine this is geared towards women and China.
  4. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2008
    Random guesses. Throw as many as you like at the wall and hope some stick.
  5. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    I predict a better camera. And faster processor.
  6. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
  7. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    Hopefully iOS 12 will have what we were promised in IOS 11...
  8. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Horizontal Face ID is not doubt a spillover from Face ID on the new iPad Pro models. iPads are more commonly used in landscape orientation.
  9. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
  10. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    I accidentally unlock horizontally all the time on my iPhone X. When I'm in bed, etc.
  11. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Got excited about horizontal unlock until I realized its not talking about your iPhone X being flat on a table. The number of times that I still get frustrated when trying to unlock my iPhone on my desk to check something—even after six months of use—is staggering. I just can’t get over missing that functionality.
  12. JPack macrumors 68020


    Mar 27, 2017
    Enough of these wishy washy rumors. We really need Ming-Chi Kuo back.
  13. seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Are they going to lie again saying it will support AirPower ***? (*** Coming in late 2019)
  14. Achillias macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2011
    It's all about the pricing. Apple need to stop charging European's more money than US costumers. In most places the basic iPhone X starts at almost $1400 dollars. That's ridiculous.
  15. Kabeyun macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    All well and good, but I’m gonna keep chanting SE2 until Apple listens.
  16. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Are you sure that's not an artifact of the EU's insane tax laws? How about petitioning local governments to lower taxes?
  17. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    These mockups are getting realer and realer. Like a little baby created a cardboard cutout and posted it to MacRumors for a feature story

  18. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    Sorry, I'm broke. Will play with it in the Store though.
  19. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    A thicker Apple device.... my goodness, Hell might freeze over after all! ;)
  20. Achillias macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2011
    No it's not. It's just Apple being greedy. If you compare it towards other smartphone manufacturers that keeps the dollar and euro prices the same.
  21. PickUrPoison macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Don’t panic, Apple still has almost 8 more months before AirPower is late.

    iPhone X and both iPhone 8 models will be compatible with AirPower; who is lying?
  22. JPack macrumors 68020


    Mar 27, 2017
    Europeans have fancy consumer laws. As a result, Europeans get to pay fancy prices.
  23. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    I’m really hoping iOS 12 is focusing on stability and performance improvements. A stable release on September would be icing on the cake.
  24. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    I don't know about the EU, but it's pretty simple in Australia. 10% flat GST.

    64GB iPhone X costs AU$1579, or US$1187.50.

    That's still close to 10% more than it should, on top of our 10% GST. I don't know how US pricing works, but if that US$1000 list price includes any federal or state taxes, then that's even worse.
  25. H.E. Pennypacker macrumors regular

    H.E. Pennypacker

    Oct 23, 2017
    I’ve always been a + user but after using the X since launch I’m really enjoying the size a lot more.

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