The iPhone in 2018

The iPhone X just hit stores, but there’s al­ready spec­u­la­tion about 2018’s model. Mac­world staff round up all the ru­mours

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It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a cou­ple of months old; ru­mours about next year’s iPhone are al­ready start­ing to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems fea­si­ble in this ar­ti­cle so you can keep up with the lat­est iPhone gos­sip.

What’s the lat­est?

A re­port in Nikkei Asian Review claims that Ap­ple is work­ing on its own power man­age­ment chips for iOS de­vices, which it will start in­te­grat­ing into iOS de­vices in 2018.

Cur­rent iOS de­vices use power man­age­ment chips made by the UK com­pany Dia­log Semi­con­duc­tor. Th­ese chips man­age bat­tery charg­ing and the power sup­plied from the bat­tery to the var­i­ous com­po­nents within the phone. Nikkei’s sources say Ap­ple’s new chip will be the most ad­vanced in the in­dus­try, and would al­low Ap­ple to de­liver bet­ter per­for­mance with longer bat­tery life.

There is some un­cer­tainty as to the tim­ing, how­ever. One of Nikkei’s sources says it will show up in some prod­ucts next year, while an­other thinks it might not ap­pear un­til 2019.

Plau­si­ble?

Ap­ple is driv­ing hard to pro­duce as much of its own sil­i­con as pos­si­ble. For ex­am­ple, it re­cently started in­te­grat­ing its own graphics pro­ces­sors in­stead of one li­censed from Pow­erVR. The power man­age­ment chip plays a cru­cial role in mo­bile de­vices, and seems an ob­vi­ous com­po­nent for Ap­ple to bring in-house as op­posed to more gen­eral com­mod­ity com­po­nents like RAM or flash stor­age.

A re­freshed iPhone SE may be on the way

A re­port from China’s Eco­nomic Daily News claims that an iPhone SE2 (that’s a ten­ta­tive name) is on the way. The re­port says it will be as­sem­bled by Wistron in In­dia (as the cur­rent iPhone SE is) and land in the first half of 2018.

This co­in­cided with an re­port from Fo­cus Tai­wan from a few months ago. Is this just a ru­mour echo cham­ber, or in­de­pen­dent ver­i­fi­ca­tion? Plau­si­ble?

The cur­rent iPhone SE is get­ting a lit­tle old with it’s A9 chip. The new one is said to be a rel­a­tively sim­ple re­fresh, with a sim­i­lar de­sign and size and an up­grade to the A10. That cer­tainly seems likely, con­sid­er­ing the tar­get mar­kets and price point for the iPhone SE. But it is un­likely to sat­isfy those Ap­ple fans who want all the good stuff found in the iPhone 8 and X in a small phone with a 4in dis­play.

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