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How Apple’s 6.5-Inch ‘iPhone XS’ Could Outdo Its Other 2018 Models
By Mikelle Leow, 31 Aug 2018
Image via mariakraynova / Shutterstock.com
By now, you might have heard that Apple will most likely unveil three extensions of 2017’s iPhone X at its upcoming September 12 event: a 5.8-inch ‘iPhone XS’, a larger 6.5-inch version, and a budget-tier LCD model.
Apple was apparently caught in a “naming conundrum” for 2018’s lineup due to the fact that it had changed its branding sequence for iPhone X. According to people “familiar with the matter,” it went back and forth on the ‘iPhone XS’ moniker, which is apparently the name that stuck for both 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch smartphones.
The sources also said that the company deliberated on whether to drop the ‘Plus’ name for the larger 6.5-inch iPhone. The verdict still isn’t known to outsiders, though.
As the purported name suggests, 2018 should be an ‘S’ year, which means the new iPhones aren’t likely to sport radical changes like the iPhone X. However, Apple news site 9to5Mac—which got hold of what looks like a promo image for ‘iPhone XS’—expects that the 6.5-inch model will be “a giant upgrade.”
First and foremost, the screen of the larger ‘iPhone XS’ is said to be Apple’s largest smartphone display yet. Per schematics likely to have hailed from Apple insiders, the super-sized variation packs a 6.5-inch display inside a body that’s a little smaller than 2017’s iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen.
Evidently, the larger the display, the more features it can showcase. A report from Brazilian Apple news site iHelp BR suggests that the 6.5-inch ‘iPhone XS’ will have an iPad-like interface when landscape mode is summoned.
This means the gadget is likely to support side-by-side viewing of apps. When the ‘Calendar’ client is opened, for example, you’ll be shown the calendar on one side of the display, while your events will be screened on the other side. Under ‘Contacts’, you’ll be able to see a single contact card on one side with your full contact list on the other end.
Just like in the ‘Messages’ app for iPad, you’ll likely be able to view all your threads on the left and a single chat on the right. Essentially, the 6.5-inch ‘iPhone XS’ serves as a mini iPad.
[via 9to5Mac, cover image via mariakraynova / Shutterstock.com]
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