Hands-On With 6.1-Inch and 6.5-Inch 2018 iPhone Dummy Models

Before every new iPhone release, we're often inundated with rumors, part leaks, mockups, and dummy models, giving us a clear picture of what to expect when the new devices come out.

This year is no exception, and we've managed to get our hands on dummy models that are said to resemble the rumored 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones that are coming in 2018, both of which offer up a look at the sizes and designs we can expect from the 2018 iPhone lineup.


Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup, like the 2017 lineup, will include three phones, but the lineup's composition is unlike anything we've seen before. Apple is planning to introduce a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone that's a follow up to the iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone that can be thought of as an "iPhone X Plus," and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that's going to have a much lower price tag than the two OLED iPhones.

We don't have a dummy model of the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone to go along with dummy models of the upcoming 6.1 and 6.5-inch iPhones, because it's going to look identical to the existing iPhone X, so we've used a real iPhone X to compare to the two dummy models.

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iPhone X (left), 6.1-inch iPhone dummy (center), 6.5-inch iPhone dummy (right)

All three of the 2018 iPhones feature an edge-to-edge display that adopts Face ID and a TrueDepth camera system, marking the official end of Touch ID for new iPhones. To house the TrueDepth camera, there will be a notch on all three iPhones, just as there was on the iPhone X.

The middle-tier 6.1-inch iPhone uses an LCD display instead of an OLED display to keep costs down, which means that the bezels of that device are slightly thicker than the bezels of the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones. The 6.1-inch iPhone dummy also features a single-lens camera, in line with rumors that Apple will stick with a single camera for cost purposes.

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6.1-inch iPhone dummy model

A dual-camera setup is expected for both the second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X model and the 6.5-inch "iPhone X Plus" model, and we can perhaps expect some camera improvements, as Apple typically introduces new camera features with each iPhone upgrade.

Rumors have also suggested the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will have an aluminum frame rather than the more durable stainless steel frame expected in the two more expensive devices, but other than the frame, the camera, the slightly thicker bezels, and the screen sizes, these devices are expected to be nearly identical.

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6.1-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone dummy models

All will include Apple's next-generation A12 processor, according to rumors, along with faster Intel-made LTE chips. RAM could be a differentiating factor, though, with the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone offering 3GB RAM and the OLED iPhones offering 4GB RAM.

We have absolutely no idea what Apple is planning to name its next-generation iPhones given the current iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X naming scheme. Most of the possibilities sound a little off, such as "iPhone Xs" or "iPhone X Plus" or "iPhone 9" or "iPhone XI." The naming of the 2018 iPhone lineup is perhaps the biggest mystery, given the myriad rumors and part leaks we've seen so far.

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iPhone X with 6.5-inch iPhone dummy model

Pricing for the 2018 iPhones could start somewhere right around $600 to $700 for the entry-level 6.1-inch LCD model, based on rumors, while the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone could cost between $800 and $900, and the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone could cost between $1,000 and $1,100.

For a complete rundown on all of the rumors we've heard about the 2018 iPhone lineup, make sure to check out our 2018 iPhone roundup.

What do you think of the iPhones Apple is planning to introduce this year? Which one will you buy? Let us know in the comments.

Top Rated Comments

Freida Avatar
49 months ago
Yes Apple, please making the phones bigger and bigger each year so one day I can start using my phone as a television!
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Caliber26 Avatar
49 months ago
I just hope Apple doesn't go back to reserving a new feature for the larger, plus-sized flagship model. The iPhone X is already bigger than I'd like it to be so there's no way I'm going to a 6.5" phone even if there's a new shiny feature on it.

If anything, I'd love to see a 5" version that has all the new features as the largest flagship.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BornAgainMac Avatar
49 months ago
I feel Apple is disconnected. I don't know why you have to get the larger screen to enjoy all the extras. If there was two phones with one at 5.8 inches and another at 6.5 inches with the same features and same price, I would pick the smaller phone. Apple would still receive their revenue and I would get the phone I wanted.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bopajuice Avatar
49 months ago
I wonder if the 6.5 comes with a keyboard and pen.....
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
naturalstar Avatar
49 months ago
I don’t know if these are the same dummies that MKBHD had on his video a couple of days ago, but I appreciate the clarification that the 6.5 and the 8 Plus will be essentially the same size.

I can check one concern off the list.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dennyc69 Avatar
49 months ago
I'm getting to the point where the leaks and rumors and dummy units for the next iPhone are actually starting to get boring. It's almost always the same types of information that comes out every year, with very little capturing my interest. It's not breaking news anymore to report on the stuff, we only have to look at last years news and input the new model information and produce a news story.
The person or people who made those units are patting themselves on the back, spending money to make them and get recognition for something that in September (after the announcement) becomes pointless and a paperweight. You don't have any prize to show to anyone because the new phones are out.

It's time that this site and others find a better way of delivering and reporting the news on Apple, because they have become the "not paid for" marketing strategies that helps sells, iPhones, iPad and Macs and assist in helping someone decide if they want to buy it or not.Be picky about the news you put out MacRumors, someone else has already done the marketing you're doing now on their website too.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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