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New iPhone rumours: Everything we know ahead of Apple’s September 12 event

Apple’s upcoming special event is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, with several new iPhones expected to be launched on September 12.

iPhone launches have historically followed a predictable pattern – one ‘small’ and ‘large’ (or Plus) device.

However, rumours point to three new iPhones this year with both ‘premium’ and ‘budget’ options, alongside a potential Apple Watch Series 4.

Once you’ve checked when the iPhone launch starts in Australian time and how you can live stream the event, let’s look at everything we know and can predict so far.

iPhone XS

Last year’s iPhone X introduced an all-new design, with an OLED screen and the infamous ‘notch’.

A leak has all but confirmed that the X will receive an iterative update and be called the iPhone XS.

Display and design

The display is predicted to be the same 5.8-inch OLED panel with HDR and ‘True Tone’ (Apple’s screen tech that adjusts the colours to make them appear more natural under different lighting).

This was already a fantastic display that struck a nice balance between portability and screen real estate. If the rumours are true, this will be the smallest of the three new devices.

Performance and cameras

The XS will likely include a faster processor (A12) and RAM upgrade for better performance and multi-tasking.

The XS is tipped to retain the same rear dual camera setup with one wide-angle and telephoto camera, both with 12-megapixel resolution.


The price is expected to be very similar to the current iPhone X, starting at approximately AU$1500 for 64GB and AU$1800 for the larger 256GB variant.

iPhone XS Max

Alleged leaked image shows Apple promotional image of new iPhones tipped to be the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Maxa

An alleged leak obtained by 9to5Mac shows the rumoured iPhone XS and XS Max.

The same leak has all but confirmed a larger version of the XS, widely thought to be called the iPhone XS Max.

Display and design

This is tipped to be Apple’s largest device to date (hence the name ‘Max’), with a 6.5-inch OLED screen with HDR and ‘True Tone.’ If true, this would be larger than Samsung’s Note 9 (6.4 inches).

Performance and cameras

Like the XS, the Max is expected to receive performance improvements and could also sport a bigger battery (given the larger size). It may also have a more advanced camera as is common with the largest models, with some suggesting a triple-lens rear camera.


As Apple’s flagship device, the Max won’t be cheap. There are no solid pricing rumours as yet, although it’s fair to assume it will cost $100 to $200 more than the XS, possibly starting at $1700 for the base model.

iPhone 9/iPhone SE 2

The most exciting prospect is the fabled ‘budget’ iPhone that could make an appearance come September 12. The jury is still out on what it will be called, but the strongest contenders are “iPhone 9”, “iPhone SE 2” and simply “iPhone”.

Display and design

Industry commentators say this device will feature the same design as the iPhone XS and Max, but with a 6.1-inch LCD panel and an aluminium frame to keep costs low. This could be a nice sweet spot in-between the smaller XS and larger Max.

Performance and cameras

As the ‘budget’ model, the third iPhone may share the same A12 processor as the XS range but without as much RAM.

It is also predicted that this model will only have one rear-facing camera, perhaps a slight update to the one found on the iPhone 8.


The third iPhone could quickly become a crowd favourite, especially since the XS range is expected to be costly. Pricing could be in line with the current iPhone 8 at approximately $1070 for 64GB and $1300 for the 256GB model.

Other rumours

Some predict that the new phones will include an updated USB-C charger and cable for fast-charging. Others think that 3D Touch, the feature that allows you to long click for extra options, could be removed to reduce prices.

As with every Apple event, we will just have to wait and see what happens.

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