2018 iPhone X said to be the size of iPhone 8 Plus; iOS 12 to feature horizontal Face ID capability

“According to a new report, the 2018 iPhone will roughly be the same size as the current iPhone 8 Plus,” Ali Salman reports for WCCFTech. “Apart from the general size comparison, there is also information about iOS 12 adding support for horizontal Face ID.”

“The news comes from Macotakara and cites a ‘reliable supplier information source’ claiming that the highly anticipated 6.5-inch iPhone with OLED display will be roughly the same size as that of the iPhone 8 Plus,” Salman reports. “The iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch display but with a gigantic head and chin and in comparison, it absolutely makes sense.”

“Lastly, the report by Macotakara also states the iOS 12 this year will add support for horizontal Face ID unlock,” Salman reports. “As of now, Face ID on the iPhone X only works in the portrait orientation. Henceforth, horizontal Face ID makes sense and will provide the users with the ability unlock the smartphone in all orientations.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Upgraded Face ID that can recognize the user regardless of the device’s orientation will be a major improvement. We run into this pretty much daily and quickly remember, “oh, yeah, it only works when held vertically.” The next-gen Face ID will be a big improvement, but what we really, really, really want is that larger display!

While we wouldn’t trade our iPhone X units for any other iPhone – flicking up with Face ID and banging through apps is just too valuable a time-savings to ever give up to go back to the antiquated Home button paradigm – we do long for a larger display.MacDailyNews, April 18, 2018

[iPhone X] is just such a great device, but Apple (likely very carefully and intentionally) made it just a bit too small for our taste (baking in the impetus to upgrade this year), so we’re very much looking forward to the rumored 6.5-inch “iPhone X Pro” said to be coming this fall.MacDailyNews, January 2, 2018

Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to unveil two 6.1-inch LCD iPhones this year; one budget-priced at just $550, another with dual-SIM capability – April 18, 2018
3 exclusive features Apple could deliver with a 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ – February 20, 2018
2 ways Apple can improve upon the beautiful iPhone X – February 15, 2018


    1. Well that’s not Apple’s fault. If display makers want a piece of those Cupertino billions, then they need to get their act together. Apple needs good, reliable suppliers and they can’t afford to stand technologically stagnant for fear of enriching Samsung. They must keep moving forward.

  1. The best thing about the iPhone X is the relative size and the fact that the screen is larger yet smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. I for one will be very disappointed if this turns out to be the case. I won’t be buying the new one.

    1. Diagonally the iPhone X screen is bigger, however because it’s narrower than the 8 Plus screen, videos appear significantly smaller on the X. This is one of the main reasons why I went with the iPhone 8 Plus this year. (That and the new Product (Red)) While I do like the current phone size of the X, I much rather have the larger screen.

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