'Gather Round' Leak Roundup: iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, New Apple Watch Sizes, AppleCare 'Theft and Loss', and More

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    In the early hours of the morning, a product sitemap XML file hosted on Apple's website was shared by AllThingsHow, including URL links that confirmed a handful of previous rumors surrounding the trio of 2018 iPhones and upcoming Apple Watch. Since the leaks came at a fast pace, we've rounded up all of the news in one post, so read on for all of the important details about the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and 2018 Apple Watch.

    iPhone

    The names "iPhone XS," "iPhone XS Max," and "iPhone XR" -- all previously rumored at some point -- were confirmed as the final product names in the sitemap data shared today. iPhone XS is the followup to last year's iPhone X, measuring in at 5.8 inches and launching in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities. You'll be able to buy the iPhone XS in Space Gray and Silver, like last year's iPhone X, and also now in Gold.

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    Apple is also introducing a new "Plus" style iPhone this year, but it's ditching the Plus branding for the first time since 2014 and going with "Max" in the iPhone XS Max. This 6.5-inch iPhone will be Apple's biggest smartphone yet, and come in all of the same storage and color options as its smaller counterpart.

    For customers looking to spend less money, the iPhone XR will be the cheaper alternative to the iPhone XS and XS Max. The 6.1-inch model also has the widest variety of color options offered this year: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Coral, and Blue. You'll be able to buy it in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities.

    Here's the full 2018 iPhone lineup:
    [*]iPhone XS/XS Max storage sizes: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB
    [*]iPhone XS/XS Max colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold
    [*]iPhone XR storage sizes: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
    [*]iPhone XR colors: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Coral, and Blue With 18 iPhone XR models and 18 iPhone XS/XS Max models, the total iPhone count for 2018 will be 36 models.

    Apple Watch

    In one of the biggest surprises from today's leaks, the upcoming Apple Watch models will be gaining new 40mm and 44mm case sizes. This means that the current 38mm case will increase to 40mm and the 42mm will increase to 44mm, although some links in the sitemap reveal that a few models of the existing sizes will be sticking around.

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    Since Apple measures the Apple Watch cases vertically, it appears that the new models will be gaining a slight bit of height this year. Although this has caused some to worry about existing bands becoming incompatible with the new Apple Watch, no rumors have yet to suggest that Apple is discontinuing legacy bands for a new style. In fact, notable Apple reporter Mark Gurman has mentioned that the 2018 Apple Watch will be compatible with existing bands numerous times over the past few months.

    You'll be able to buy the 44mm Apple Watch in GPS and GPS + Cellular configurations, with the usual Silver, Space Gray, and Gold aluminum case options. For stainless steel, the sitemap also mentions Silver, Space Black, and Gold options. Bands referenced include White Sport Band, Seashell Sport Loop, Black Sport Band, Black Sport Loop, Sand Sport Band, and Sand Sport Loop.

    In 40mm, there's a few Nike and Hermès options. Hermès includes an Indigo Craie Orange Double Tour band with a Stainless Steel case, and Nike has Pure Platinum Black Sport Band, Summit White Sport Loop, Anthracite Black Sport Band, and Black Sport Loop paired with various aluminum cases.

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    Of course, these will not be the only Apple Watches available to buy at launch, as you can expect numerous stainless steel cases outside of the Hermès line, as well as some bundles with higher-cost bands. A separate leak today also revealed the front panel for the new Apple Watch, showing off the 15 percent larger display.

    Lastly for Apple Watch, the sitemap does not designate the 2018 models as "Series 4," although it keeps the "Series 3" terminology for the existing models, which Apple will keep around at a lower price point. It's unclear if this means that Apple is ditching the "Series" branding altogether this year, and if so what the new Apple Watch will be called.

    AppleCare

    AppleCare is always a reliable announcement alongside the newest iPhones each year, and today's leaks confirm that you'll be able to purchase the usual AppleCare+ protection plans for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. This year, AppleCare+ plans also include coverage for "theft and loss," and will be available for $399.00, as per a Best Buy leak.

    Accessories

    The sitemap file confirmed a handful of traditional Apple colorways will be making it to this generation of silicone and leather cases for the 2018 iPhones. You'll be able to buy a silicone case for the iPhone XS and XS Max in Black, White, Midnight Blue, (PRODUCT)Red, and Stone. In leather, the iPhone XS cases will come in (PRODUCT)Red, Taupe, and Black.

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    The current iPhone X silicone case in Midnight Blue, Black, and (PRODUCT)Red


    Given that the information shared was just a peek at the upcoming accessory lines, this is far from every accessory announcement that will be made later today. You can also expect leather cases for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, as well as silicone cases for the cheaper iPhone. The sitemap also includes references to OtterBox cases for the iPhone XS and XS Max.

    Missing from "Gather Round"

    Amid all of the confirmed upcoming announcements from Apple sourced from the sitemap XML file, there are some notable omissions. It appears that Apple has no plans to announce a new iPad Pro at today's event. iPad Pro models with Face ID may still show up next month at an event that could also include refreshes to the MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac, and potentially more.

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    Apple's long-awaited AirPower charging mat was also nowhere to be found in the sitemap data. It's been one year since Apple first revealed the AirPower at the iPhone X event in September 2017, with a promised 2018 launch date. AirPower will be able to charge all Qi-compatible iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3 and the new 2018 models, and AirPods.

    If AirPower doesn't make it into the "Gather Round" event today, there's also less of a chance that Apple will introduce the revamped AirPods, which will come with a new wireless charging case aimed to be paired with AirPower.

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    We now have just under two hours to go until Apple finally (and officially) announces the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, new Apple Watch, and more at the "Gather Round" event in California. As usual, MacRumors has you covered if you're interested in following a live blog of the event, which will be posted on our front page ahead of time, with live tweets available on the @MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

    Article Link: 'Gather Round' Leak Roundup: iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, New Apple Watch Sizes, AppleCare 'Theft and Loss', and More
     
  2. JPack macrumors 68030

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    No surprises left, except for pricing.

    iPad Pro = obviously not today, as it would dilute media focus

    64/256/512 (Xs) = obviously to encourage premium consumers to spend +$150 for 256GB

    64/128/256 (Xr) = price sensitive buyers will pick 64GB or 128GB

    "Max" naming = disappointing
     
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    iPhone XS Max BETTER Start at $1000 if not. I hope it flops.
     
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    You are really spoiling the day with your posts... :(
     
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    Yeah, I too find pretty weird that Macrumors posts about rumors.
     
  8. slcpunk Suspended

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    Well l guess we just need pricing and launch day
     
  9. frozen220 macrumors member

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    $400 for AppleCare coverage, are they insane??? I pay about $180 flat to Worth Ave Group for 2 years of iPhone full coverage including accidental damage, loss & theft. Yes you pay for repair/replacement up front (including at Apple) and they reimburse you but I've had nothing but a good experience with them. $400 for insurance on a $1000 is laughable. 40% extra??? Can't wait to see the details, maybe it covers multiple devices?? I just can't understand this.
     
  10. jordieshapiro1010 macrumors newbie

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    Don't the names of these things hint at the reveal?

    Is no one talking about 'round' apple watch faces?
     
  11. dabocx macrumors member

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    I really hope we see an even better camera on the Xs compared to last year. Though I might just start carrying my Sony A7iii everywhere since its too not clunky with a prime lens.
     
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    This year, AppleCare+ plans also include coverage for "theft and loss," and will be available for $399.00

    Isn't that like massively more expensive than before?
     
  13. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    They better offer two flavors of AC+, with and without loss/theft protection. No way I'm paying for something that I will never use. 11 years of owning an iPhone, never lost or misplaced mine, let alone had it stolen.
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    Yeah, like 200% more expensive.
     
  14. rjflyn macrumors regular

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    Nothing round mentioned either- referring to the name of the event Gather Round
     
  15. rmoliv macrumors 6502

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    Apparently AirPower is not going to be released anytime soon. They should apologize for lying.
     
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    Hope Apple doesn’t play extra mean and make the new AppleCare mandatory on AUP.
     
  17. Christoffee macrumors 6502

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    The XS Max Better Start may well cost $1,000.
    The XS Max Super Boot will be $1,500.
     
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    I think TouchID is coming back.... Round for the TouchID sensor. Also the animation for the event looks like the animation of the fingerprint when you use TouchID.
     
  19. cubsfanchris23 macrumors newbie

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    $399? Theft or loss? My iPhone is always either in my hand or pocket. If it were to get lost, isn't that what Find my iPhone is for?
     
  20. Matthew.H macrumors 6502

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    Please let that $399 AppleCare price be a typo. That's double what it should be.
     
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    It's all a plant! Everything will be different!
     
  22. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    It is already
     
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    Wow... $399 for loss and theft AC? The greed continues...:mad::confused::rolleyes:
     
  24. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    They were referring to the new AppleCare+. I think we are all hoping they offer it a they currently do, plus a second option for loss and theft. If I am required to get the loss/theft with the IUP, then no more IUP for me.
     
  25. gtg465x macrumors regular

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    AppleCare+ for the new iPhones will be $399? Holy hell. You can buy a brand new iPhone SE for less than that. And there's still a deductible to pay if you actually break it, right? Who pays 40% of the cost of something you will keep for 2 years for insurance? You usually wouldn't even pay 40% of the price of a car for 10 years of car insurance, and car insurance is one of the most expensive insurances there is.

    I hope that rumor is wrong.
     

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