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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.

Which Soundbars Have the Best Quality? Try These 5 Brands

Upgrade your entertainment sound system with the subtle--but transformational--addition of a soundbar.

If you’ve ever wanted to host a screening party, or you just really want to enhance your own entertainment experience, a soundbar might be a very welcome addition. But what is it? If you’ve ever seen magazine photos of a brilliant entertainment system, chances are you’ve seen an ambiguous looking long black box fixated somewhere in front of the TV. It’s basically a wireless speaker, meant to deliver optimized surround sound and bring the movie theater experience to your living room.

The Best of Nintendo Switch Chargers, Docks, and Cases

Protect your investment and charge with ease with these must-have Switch accessories.

The Nintendo Switch is among the most innovative gaming consoles to come out since the PlayStation Portable. It’s cool in and of itself, but the accessories that you can pair with it are next level. Cases for the Nintendo Switch are nothing like what we used to get for our Gameboys — there is often a slot for your cord and games!

13 Robots You Can Buy to Feel Like You're Living in the Future

Take control of the robots before they control you.

We’ve come a long way since the Roomba hit shelves in 2002, when we had the first inkling that personal robots could become attainable for the average household. Movies, like 1987’s RoboCop imagine life way in the future seemingly predicted our current reality with eerie accuracy.

As technology exponentially advances, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to soon live in a world where humans can spawn babies with robots, or artificial intelligence wipes out humankind. It’s heavy stuff.

OpenAI, Former Elon Musk Firm, Is on the Brink of a New A.I. Era

The company is making great strides.

OpenAI, the non-profit organization that researches artificial intelligence, co-founded by Elon Musk in 2016, has been making big advancements — even after Musk parted ways amid disagreements about its direction. Researchers have developed systems that can play games, write news articles, and move physical objects with groundbreaking levels of dexterity.

OpenAI has caused controversy with its research. Last week, it announced the development of a language model, GTP2, that can generate texts with limited prompts. Given the human-written prompt “Miley Cyrus was caught shoplifting from Abercrombie and Fitch on Hollywood Boulevard today,” the system produced a believable complete story that continued with “the 19-year-old singer was caught on camera being escorted out of the store by security guards.”