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What to expect from Apple in 2018

2017 has been a huge year for Apple.

Its tenth anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X, became the first to ditch the home button, while its Face ID technology set new standards for facial security technology.

So, after launching such a big new product, what’s next for Apple?

2018 will be a year of consolidation, but also one that sees tech that has been a cornerstone of the iPhone range arrive on other Apple products.

Compare our pick of the best iPhone X deals.

iPhone X Plus is on the way

Packing a massive 6.5–inch display and featuring the same Face ID and OLED tech as its predecessor, the iPhone X Plus is already the subject of much rumour-mongering on tech news sites.

The larger take on the iPhone X is purported to feature a bigger display than the iPhone 8 Plus, but in a smaller form factor.

It’s likely the device will also feature an improved camera and a better, more powerful processor.

Essentially though, it’ll be a larger version of this year’s most warmly received smartphone.

What did we make of the iPhone X? Read the uSwitch review.

And two other iPhones too

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Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, known for getting his predictions about the company spot-on, also reckons Tim Cook and co have two other iPhones in the works.

One will be an updated version of the iPhone X, with new internal components.

The other will be a cheaper model packing a larger 6.1–inch screen that uses LCD rather than OLED tech.

Kuo says this will have the same all–screen design as the iPhone X, with Apple dropping the home button altogether from its premium models.

What else can we expect from 2018's iPhones? Here's what we know so far.

Better, faster iPhone SE

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Apple may have added extra storage to the iPhone SE in 2017. But it hasn’t changed its look or specs since it first landed in March 2016.

That’s all set to change in 2018, with analysts pointing towards a new version of the entry-level smartphone hitting shelves in the first half of the year.

Read everything we know about the iPhone SE so far.

The four-inch screen will stay, as will the 12-megapixel camera around the back, but the battery will apparently be bigger, with a newer A10 processor keeping things ticking over smoothly.

The question is, will it still be as cheap as the current edition?

How did the iPhone SE go down with us? Read the uSwitch review.

In the market for the original iPhone SE? Take a look at our pick of the best deals.

Apple Watch Series 3 for all

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The Apple Watch Series 3, which launched alongside the iPhone X, can make and take calls thanks to an in–built SIM.

However, the device is only available in the UK via EE, which must be limiting its sales.

Expect Apple to loosen its exclusive relationship with EE in 2018 and team up with other networks.

Of course, you’ll need a compatible iPhone for it to work.

But greater availability will be good news for hardcore tech fans and everyone else too.

Not up to speed with the Apple Watch 3? Here's five things you need to know.

iPads with Face ID

Face ID is unquestionably the best thing about the iPhone X.

Its ability to unlock the phone with a glance, as well as create personalised emoji and allow payments via Apple Pay makes it more powerful than anything from rival mobile-makers.

Its 3D facial mapping technology also makes it extremely secure.

Reports from supply-chain sources point towards Face ID making an appearance on an updated iPad Pro.

That means the updated tablet will also feature a fresh, all-screen design with Apple’s dropping Touch ID fingerprint scanner to clear the way for a very welcome new look.

Looking for a good iPad deal? Take a look at our pick of the best around.

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