Just weeks before an official Apple announcement, digging into one of Apple’s products has once again exposed some previously unknown information. Gui Rambo has found a reference to a currently unreleased device within Apple’s Xcode 10 app with the placeholder name of “iPhone xx.”
Now, first of all, no one is suggesting that Apple intends to release an iPhone 20 next month or call a device an iPhone Double X or even call it iPhone xx as the discovery suggests. However, it’s quite clear that this discovery is an interim placeholder in Xcode’s internal device list for a brand new iPhone which is as yet unnamed. At least publicly.
With Apple speculated to release three new models this year it will be extremely interesting to see what the marketing names of the units will be, and, more specifically, which device this placeholder actually references and why the other devices aren’t shown.
The discovery has been found in what looks to be the populated list of devices that defines on which simulator version developers can run apps that are being built within Xcode 10; which, incidentally, is currently in beta alongside iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. Other than the fact that it shows internally in Xcode 10 as iPhone xx, there is little else that we know about the mystery device, other than it appears that it could ship with an A10 processor, which is the same chip used in Apple’s iPhone 7 models.
It feels like it could potentially be introduced as a very entry-level and highly affordable device for emerging markets, such as India, which Apple is keen to crack and capitalize on. The feeling that this could be an iPhone 7-esque device, was also shared by developer Steve Troughton-Smith.
Based on what we think we know about Apple’s upcoming plans, it doesn’t feel like this iPhone xx unit is one of the three devices that we expect Apple to introduce into the market.
The cheaper of those three devices is expected to run an Apple A12 chip, come with a revamped iPhone X design, and have functionality like Face ID. It’s for that reason that this iPhone xx could be an anomaly showing up in Xcode 10 or be a reference to what is essentially a new iPhone 7-esque device which is cheaper to build and which will ultimately be aimed at emerging markets.
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