New iPhone names 2018 – what will Apple call the phones it reveals tonight?

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LATER today, Apple is expected to show off a trio of brand new smartphones.

We've seen plenty of leaks and rumours, but there's still a big mystery – what will these new phones actually be called?

Apple's iPhone naming history

Apple has generally always followed a strict pattern when it comes to iPhone naming.

We'd get a whole-number model (like the iPhone 4 or iPhone 5), followed by an "-S" model a year later (like the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5S).

The whole-number models would generally introduce major design changes or huge new features.

While "-S" models would offer smaller upgrades, in the form of processor speed boosts or new software tricks.

iPhone naming confusion in 2017

In 2016, Apple showed off the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

So for 2017, everybody expected Apple to launch an iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.

That never happened – instead, Apple named its two sequel smartphones as iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

This seemed like an odd move, given that the phones were barely any different from the previous year's model.

iPhone: Big vs Small

How iPhone sizes have changed over the years

  • iPhone (2007) – 3.5 inches
  • iPhone 3G (2008) – 3.5 inches
  • iPhone 3GS (2009) – 3.5 inches
  • iPhone 4 (2010) – 3.5 inches
  • iPhone 4S (2011) – 3.5 inches
  • iPhone 5 (2012) – 4 inches
  • iPhone 5S (2013) – 4 inches
  • iPhone 5C (2013) – 4 inches
  • iPhone 6 (2014) – 4.7 inches
  • iPhone 6+ (2014) – 5.5 inches
  • iPhone 6S (2015)  – 4.7 inches
  • iPhone 6S+ (2015) – 5.5 inches
  • iPhone SE (2016) – 4 inches
  • iPhone 7 (2016) – 4.7 inches
  • iPhone 7+ (2016) – 5.5 inches
  • iPhone 8 (2017) – 4.7 inches
  • iPhone 8+ (2017) – 5.5 inches
  • iPhone X (2017) – 5.8 inches

But Apple made matters even more confusing by throwing a third phone into 2017's iPhone mix.

This new model was called the iPhone X, and boasted a brand new all-screen design and facial recognition tech.

Bewilderingly, the "X" in the name actually stands for the number 10 – with Apple pronouncing the phone iPhone Ten.

This was likely an effort to celebrate the 10th anniversary since Apple's original iPhone launched back in 2007.

iPhone 2018 names – what will they be called

Unsurprisingly, this means everyone is very confused about what Apple will call its new smartphones.

We're expecting three different models.

Two will be straight iPhone X successors, with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch screens respectively.

The third is rumoured to be a cheaper model, with a 6.1-inch display made from more budget tech.

The 5.8-inch model has been rumoured as the iPhone XS, iPhone X2, and even the iPhone 11.

Meanwhile, the 6.5-inch model is tipped as either the iPhone XS Plus, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone X2 Plus. It could also be called the iPhone 11 Plus.

Finally, the cheap 6.1-inch model is probably going to be called the iPhone XR – although iPhone 9 and iPhone XC have both been rumoured.



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The good news is that we'll find out the truth tonight, at a special iPhone launch event held by Apple in California.

The Apple Park press event will see new iPhones announced, as well as the possible debut of a new iPad Pro, an Apple Watch 4, and maybe new AirPods wireless earbuds.

What do you think Apple's new iPhone models will be called? Let us know in the comments!

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