Here’s a recap of all the iPhone news this week.

The iPhone rumors are mounting.

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This week’s iPhone rumors breathe new life into the possibility of an iPhone SE sequel that would take its cues from the iPhone 7. We’re also hearing about a new fast-charging feature that could be exclusive to the more expensive iPhone X Plus and a report that all but confirms the arrival of an Apple Watch Series 4.

iPhone SE 2 may be a revamped iPhone 7

A section in Apple’s XCode developer software hints at the existence of new iPhone with similar specs as 2016’s iPhone 7.

Earlier rumors suggested the iPhone SE 2 would have a notch.


According to Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac, a section of the code mentions an “iPhone xx” with an A10 processor and P3-gamutdisplay, but without the iPhone X notch or Face ID. This year’s iPhone X sequels including an iPhone X Plus and 6.1 inch LCD model are rumored to include a proprietary A12 chip and second generation Face ID, so it’s likely that the code here could reference the iPhone SE 2, the sequel to Apple’s budget iPhone that fans were expecting earlier this year.

iPhone X Plus could cut the cord for fast charging

Rumor has it that Apple will add fast wireless charging to this year’s iPhones, but it could turn out that only one of the three expected models will get it. A China Times report picked up by Forbes this week shows an X-Ray of what could be an iPhone X Plus with a new charging coil that would make this feature possible.

The report states that the iPhone X Plus’ larger body would be better at dissipating the extra heat generated by this wireless fast charging coil by spreading the heat around.

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X Plus have wireless charging and connected fast charging capabilities.

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In addition, Apple’s said to be blessing its new iPhones with faster wired charging as well, but putting a fast charger in the box this time around.

Apple Watch Series 4 debuting alongside new iPhones

All signs point to an Apple Watch Series 4 in the pipeline for a September launch event, and this week brings even more “proof”.

Apple recently registered six new product numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission, French site Consomac reports. According to a translation of the filing’s text, the model numbers refer to “wearable electronic devices” that run WatchOS 5. The six numbers don’t translate into six different watches though, but maybe configurations of the same one device: perhaps different sizing options, LTE/non-LTE versions and materials, such as aluminum, ceramic or stainless steel.

The Apple Watch Series 4 (left) would have a larger screen, but the same footprint thanks to its slimmer bezels as shown in this mock-up by Ben Geskin.


Rumors around the new Apple Watch suggest it could also get an iPhone X-like makeover with slimmer bezels that yield more screen real estate, static “buttons” that don’t press down (like on the HTC U12 Plus), a larger battery and sleep tracking software.

Other Apple news this week:


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