Apple becomes most shorted USA company ahead of iPhone launch

Apple becomes most shorted USA company ahead of iPhone launch

The rumors indicate there will be at least two versions: the iPhone XS, which will be 6.1 inches and will be the more affordable model, and the iPhone XS Max, which will be a whopping 6.5 inches (the biggest iPhone yet).

Now an image allegedly taken during a presentation by China Mobile has claimed the models will be called the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus and iPhone XC.

The consensus expectation is that the new LCD iPhone will be priced between US$699 and US$749, Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall wrote Friday in a note to investors. Now, we are hearing that Apple will likely announce two iPad Pro models on Wednesday, including an all-new 11-inch tablet and a refreshed version of existing 12.9-inch variant. The LCD model is reportedly called iPhone XC, whereas, the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models are reportedly called iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus respectively. The leak does not reveal if the phone would be based on the iPhone X concept, therefore there is no confirmation on the screen notch.

The new phones will be "all display", meaning no buttons on the front - so it's pretty certain that you'll be unlocking your phone with your face if you buy any new iPhone in 2018. There are already several leaks about these upcoming Apple devices. Apple has always waited until there's a compelling reason to introduce a new technology, and that philosophy applies doubly when introducing that new technology would compromise the existing product.

The Leakspinner/SlashLeaks photos of the iPhones, posted on Twitter, are shown below. The new Apple Watch is expected to have a similar design to the current Apple Watch 3, but potentially with a slightly larger screen squeezed into the same size body, according to reports.

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Oh, and you may have noticed "iPhone Xs Max" mentioned up there; that's the rumoured name of the 6.5-inch model. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!

"We still believe the smartphone market has some healthy growth in the years to come, although finding and competing in those markets and segments is increasingly more challenging", said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.

Apple had 17 per cent of the smartwatch market in the second quarter of 2018 with 4.7 million units shipped, beating out second place Xiaomi half a million units and Fitbit 2 million, according to data from IDC. Cupertino is expected to kick off a season of what seems to be two of the best months of the industry if you are a fan of new hardware unveilings.

Next up is the new low-price MacBook.

We'll also hear a little more of what's coming with the new WatchOS 5 software, the thing that's going to bring big changes to the Apple Watch's functionality.

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