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Apple iPhone Event 2018: The Rumor Mill

Apple's annual iPhone event is happening today! The rumors surrounding Apple products have become an industry unto themselves. Even big outlets that shouldn't even touch rumors get in on the act. The sources of these rumors have had a chance to prove themselves over the years, so now the sources with proven credibility are given greater credence. Here is a round-up of the most plausible rumors.

Three New iPhones

Everyone agrees that Apple will be announcing 3 new iPhone models today, and everyone is in agreement on their shapes, but no one is confident about the names. In fact, one rumor suggests Apple isn't even confident about the names. Apparently Apple have been changing the model names around frequently in the last several months. The three models will almost certainly fit into 3 categories: Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, Unapologetically Plastic.

Original Recipe is believed by most be to called the Xs; similar to 6s and 5s phones in previous generations. It is expected to be cheaper and (slightly) better than last year's iPhone X. This model features the usual annual incremental improvements, but it may be priced $100 cheaper than the original iPhone X!

Extra Crispy has been known as the Plus model in previous years. Now most people think it is going to be called something like Xs MAX, signalling that Jony Ive is entirely out of ideas. This iPhone X Plus gets an OLED display like the iPhone X and today's Xs. There are other rumors that it will feature a 3 camera rear-array. The iPhone X's dual 12 megapixel cameras are pretty fucking incredible, so I'm curious to hear why Apple thought the Extra Crispy model needed a third. With the iPhone Xs now priced less than $1,000, the iPhone Xs MAX is expected to fill in that gap for people who want to spend $1,000 on the base model of a phone.

The phrase Unapologetically Plastic was Jony Ive's feeble attempt to dissuade people from referring to the cheap iPhone 5c as cheap. They're bringing back a cheap model this year, but have managed to resist the temptation to actually make it plastic. Instead of the OLED display on the other models, the iPhone Xc (or possibly iPhone XR) will have an LCD screen. With the iPhone Xs coming in at 5.8", this model will be 6.1", but at a much lower resolution. This is supposed to be budget friendly, starting at a mere $750-$850. That's a steep jump from 2016's iPhone SE, which started at $400. At least it will be aluminum instead of plastic!

All 3 models are expected to have the front-facing camera array that enables Face ID.

Apple Watch 4

The previous models of the Apple Watch have all been 32-bit, which seems odd considering how agro Apple has been about 64-bit on iOS. It is expected that we will see the first 64-bit Apple Watch announced today. This could provide for a zippy performance boost.

There are some other interesting Apple Watch 4 rumors, including a credible source that claims the next model will offer EKG(electrocardiogram) advanced heart monitoring. No one is suggesting that it will finally get the long-awaited non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. Apple were rumored to have started working on this at least 2 years ago, but now people are saying they are still several years away from getting it right.

No New iPads (Yet)

Apple is expected to announce new iPad Pro's soon, but probably not today. I only saw one seemingly credible source touting iPad Pro's coming today. We may have to wait for another iPad-specific event.

We'll find out, and see which rumors were correct, in about 1 hour when the event kicks off!

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