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iPhone 9 rumors: sizes, cameras, Face ID, and more

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Whatever naming convention Apple plumps for this September, what’s almost certain at this point is we’ll be seeing three new iPhones carved from the design language of last year’s iPhone X. What that boils down to is an edge-to-edge display with “the notch” cutout at the top.

So what else do we know about the upcoming devices? Well, it’s widely expected we’ll be seeing a 5.8-inch successor to the iPhone X, a matching 6.5-inch “plus” version of the iPhone X, and a lower-cost 6.1-inch device lacking some of the fancier components of its siblings.

Beyond that, a new report has some interesting suggestions of its own. First of which is confirmation from the supply chain that the largest of the devices will cram a 6.5-inch screen into roughly the same size casing as the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. This is thanks to the reduced bezels introduced with iPhone X.

The report claims that all three devices, even the “cheaper” model, will utilize Face ID. It also suggests that iOS 12 will add support for horizontal Face ID unlock – currently, Face ID only works with the iPhone X in portrait orientation. Expanding it to work with the phone sideways also supports the theory that Face ID will soon be added to the iPad lineup.

We’re also expecting a better camera sensor with a larger lens, and a slightly thicker frame than the iPhone X. Lastly, remember that we heard a few weeks back that this year’s iPhones could be cheaper than we’ve come to expect from new Apple devices.