The iPhone X has undoubtedly been one of the most exciting products released by Apple in recent years, marking the tenth anniversary of the product line with a futuristic reinvention of the iPhone design concept.
Following up on the device's success, a new report has indicated that Apple is now working on a pair of devices that will build on the foundations created by the iPhone X, providing premium and budget alternatives to the mainline product.
Forbes has obtained schematics from the accessories company Ghostek that purport to reveal the basic design of a super-sized deluxe iPhone X, as well as a lower-cost model that will retain many of the device's signature features within a more affordable package.
Tech enthusiasts are likely to be most excited by the prospect of the so-called “iPhone X Plus”, which is set to feature a mammoth 6.5-inch display with a smaller footprint than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, although its steel chassis means it is expected to weigh more than its aluminium predecessor.
However, the most eye-opening feature of the new device is the rumoured triple rear camera system, similar to that used by the acclaimed Huawei P20 Pro. Assuming the iPhone X Plus adopts the same principle of pairing a monochrome camera with the primary and telephoto modules, this would allow the new handset to offer a significant improvement in the quality of its low-light photography.
The super-sized iPhone X Plus is expected to be accompanied to market by a standard second-generation version of the iPhone X – which will stick with its current dual-camera approach – and a budget iteration that makes a number of trade-offs to hit a much lower price point.
For example, the cheapest model is likely to feature a single rear camera and a more pronounced notch, while omitting 3D Touch functionality and using an older version of the Face ID technology. However, Apple will not be skimping on the size of this device, which is expected to offer a 6.1-inch screen.
All in all, these initial reports paint an intriguing picture of the future of the iPhone X brand – and will likely stoke anticipation for the official reveal of Apple's latest flagship handsets.