Last minute iPhone Gather Round event rumours

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12 September 2018 | 0

Apple’s Gather Round event is mere hours away, but that doesn’t mean the leaks have stopped. This last-minute round of rumours is circulating even as Tim Cook prepares to take the stage Wednesday morning at the Steve Jobs Theater to unveil Apple’s latest products. And it’s coming directly from Apple, so you can be sure it’s legit. Here’s what we know.

New iPhone names
Once of the last bits of mystery surrounding Wednesday’s event has been what Apple is going to call its new phones. Now we know. Tech site All Things How has uncovered a product sitemap file in Apple’s website code that clearly lists the names of the new devices. And they are:

  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max

So say goodbye to the Plus moniker. And see ya iPhone ‘c’. The leak has also confirms that the iPhone Xr will have a 6.1″ display, while the other models will have 5.8″ and 6.5″ displays, but there was little doubt about that. The only thing we’re not sure of is what the ‘r’ stands for, but we may never know. Apple never actually told us what the ‘c’ or the ‘s’ stood for either.

New iPhone capacities
In addition to the names of the new phones, Apple has also spilled their storage sizes. Like last year, the base model starts at 64Gb (which we expected), but there is a new high-end option:

  • iPhone Xr: 64Gb/128Gb/256Gb
  • iPhone Xs: 64Gb/256Gb/512Gb
  • iPhone Xs Mac: 64Gb/256Gb/512Gb

We still don’t know how much the new phones will cost, but based on previous pricing, you can expect a difference of $150 between the iPhone Xs models and $100 for the iPhone Xr.

New iPhone colours
According to the same leak, the iPhone Xr will come in a variety of colors, as have been previously rumored: black, white, red, yellow, coral, and blue. Meanwhile, the flagship iPhones will come in three colours this year: silver, black, and gold. A bunch of silicone cases were also unearthed in the usual colors, so you’ll still be able to buy an overpriced Apple case if you’d like.

New Apple Watch sizes
Here’s something we didn’t expect: Based on the same product map listing, Apple will be slightly increasing the size of the two Apple Watch models from 38mm and 42mm to 40mm and 44mm. The listing also refers to ‘Apple Watch’ without the Series 4 moniker, so Apple may be simplifying its naming process. It does appear that we’ll be getting the same GPS and cellular varieties, however.

All things How also discovered a variety of 40mm and 44mm watch bands in similar colors to the 38mm and 42mm Apple sells now. It’s unclear whether old bands will work with the new watches, but rumors have indicated that they will.

Apple Store down
And finally, Apple has taken its store down ahead of the 10:00 am PDT (5pm) event. As you can see in the image above, the standard white ‘We’ll be back’ note has been replaced with an animated screen featuring a colorful Apple logo and a new message: Be right back.

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