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What Apple leaks tell us about the new iPhones

The Apple Park campus will make its public debut Tuesday, alongside Apple's new products. Photo: Apple

A leaked version of iOS 11 over the weekend confirmed much of what was already known and suspected about the new iPhones and other Apple devices.

  • There will be three new iPhones. Two are incremental updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus while the third is the all-new design with the edge-to-edge screen and lack of a physical home button. The leak suggests the phones will bear the names iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
  • As we have reported, the face recognition feature on the iPhone X will be a big, big deal.
  • The Apple Watch will come in a connected, LTE-equipped version.

More details: The leaks did share some incremental details, including: how Face ID will work, the possibility of a six-core processor inside the new iPhone, and how the LTE-connected Apple Watch may have the same phone number as the iPhone. And — like the HomePod firmware leak earlier this year (but unlike past leaks) — these leaks originated not from rumors or hearsay, but from code that appears to come directly from Apple.

What wasn't in the leaks: The timing of all these new devices. But, as Axios has been reporting, the incremental updates should be ready to go on sale well before the new high-end iPhone. The iPhone X could trail the iPhone 8 models by a month or more.

Apple Park: In addition to whatever devices and software Apple shows off on Tuesday, there will be another product making its debut: Apple Park. The company's futuristic corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif., is sure to get lots of attention, if not quite as much as the new iPhone.

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