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iPhone X Plus and iPhone 9 Leak Claims to Give Us a Firsthand Look

Could this be how they'll look?

Even though Apple’s much-anticipated September conference is months away, iPhone rumors are showing no sign of slowing down. We’ve seen everything from an alleged prototype of the iPhone SE 2 to multiple renders of a potential iPhone X Plus. The latest is a new video that recently surfaced which claims to give Apple fans a firsthand look at a pair of new iPhones that’s in store for 2018.

The latest leak is courtesy of the Apple blog 9To5Mac, which in collaboration with the Israeli tech journalist Shai Mizrachi published a video of two dummy models of a 6.1-inch iPhone 9 and a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus.

The silent video compares two physical mockups of the rumored iPhones against iPhone X and iPhone 7 Plus. The dummies are seen in two distinct cases, which 9To5Mac claims are were made by the United Kingdom-based case-maker, Skech, ahead of any official announcements by Apple.

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But before you get too hyped, there’s already been questions about the latest video’s accuracy.

A number of current rumors suggest that the company will release three models in the fall. These include a 6.1-inch LCD model, a 5.8-inch OLED model similar to the current iPhone X, and a 6.5-inch OLED model.

On one hand, it’s certainly true that the mockups in the above video could have been made using these purported dimensions.

However, subtle differences in the camera might suggest that we’re looking at something else. The so-called iPhone 9 might come with a single rear camera, while the iPhone X Plus might be equipped with dual cameras, supposedly a way to cut the price of the phone. There has also been chatter that Apple will offer at least one more “budget friendly” iPhone.

But the majority of rumors thus far have suggested that Apple plans to achieve this lower price point by using an LCD screen, instead of the pricier OLED screen for one of its models. A single rear camera could make this rumored phone even more affordable, though we’ve yet to see any rumors of a phone that’s making use of both cost-saving measures.

While these dummies might have given Apple fanatics something to quench their insatiable thirst for new gadgets, remember to take these with a grain of salt. Nothing is set in stone until Tim Cook takes the stage this fall.

Galaxy Fold: Samsung's Folding Smartphone Could Mount a Surprising Comeback

You may be able to pick up a working Fold this year after all.

Samsung’s first foldable phone’s initial launch was a face-plant. The $1,980 Galaxy Fold, originally supposed to hit shelves in the United States on April 26, flopped instantly as many of the review units sent to reporters and YouTubers broke after a few days of use.

A now-deleted iFixIt teardown of the device revealed the central problem: The Fold’s screen protector simply did not prevent dust and debris from getting underneath. That left many with the impression that the age of the foldable smartphone was yet to come, though it now looks like Samsung may have been able to resolve the Fold’s issues much faster than expected.

Neuralink: 6 Things We Learned From Elon Musk's Brain-Powered Reveal

The machine linkup could pave the way for safer A.I.

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s ambitious project to wire up the brain to computers, stepped out of the shadows Tuesday evening.

In a detail-laden presentation at the California Academy of Sciences’ Morrison Planetarium, the tech entrepreneur explained how his foray into brain-machine interfaces could pave the way for a symbiotic relationship with artificial intelligence.

PS5: Patent Filings Detail Sony's Plan to Make a Breakthrough VR Headset

Sony has groundbreaking VR plans in its future.

Virtual reality has been a fixture of the PlayStation 4 since Sony launched PlayStation VR in 2016, whose hardware attachments let gamers transform their console into full-fledged VR rigs. Rumor has it that, VR-wise, the PS 5 will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps.

Sony has already confirmed that its next-generation console will be compatible with current PSVR hardware, but it’s also clear that the entertainment giant has much bigger plans for VR further down the line.

Nintendo Switch vs. Switch Lite: Release Date, Pros and Cons, Which to Get

Two consoles for two distinct types of gamers. 

Two years after the first Nintendo Switch, the Japanese gaming giant unveiled the next chapter for its widely popular hybrid console. The Switch Lite, announced Wednesday, will fall somewhere between the original gaming system and its 2013 Nintendo 2DS, giving shoppers not one, but two Switches to choose from during the holiday spending season.

PS5: Price, Release Date, Specs, and Features for Sony's VR-Ready War Horse

Console gaming will reach heights never though possible.

The current generation of consoles is about to pass the torch. Sony has already revealed a great deal about the war horse it will ride into battle against the Xbox Scarlett consoles. The PlayStation 5 will tout PC-caliber graphics capabilities, and possibly come with a wireless virtual reality headset to take console gaming to new heights. But many crucial details about the PS5 remain unclear.