We’re roughly a month away from when Apple is rumored to be launching its 2018 family of iPhone devices. According to various sources over the past few months, there will be three standard models available at launch: a 6.1-inch LCD variant along with 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED models.
Earlier this week, references were found in iOS 12 beta code suggesting that a dual-SIM version of the new iPhones will be made available. Now, according to the Economic Daily News, it’s being reported that the dual-SIM capabilities will be limited to the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone — the cheapest of the three. And to further narrow things down, it’s being reported that the this dual-SIM iPhone will only be available in China.
The 6.1-inch iPhone will be able to hit a lower price point because it will allegedly use an aluminum frame instead of the steel unibody of the 5.8- and 6.5-inch iPhone X models. In addition, it’s reported that this particular phone will also lose 3D Touch capabilities within the display, although this probably won’t be a big loss to many users. App developers in general have failed to really capitalize on this feature and discoverability is a sore point as well. It also will reportedly have a single rear camera instead of the trick dual-camera setup.
While it may be the 2018 entry-level model, the 6.1-inch iPhone is expected to retain many of the same features as its more premium siblings including the iPhone X design with a notched display, Face ID biometric authentication, wireless charging, and Apple A12 processor. It’s also rumored that this model will come in a wider range of colors (thanks to its aluminum body) including grey, white, blue, red and orange.