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The iPhone X may be running out of timeApple could be making way for its three new iPhones by discontinuing two of its current iPhones -- and everything we know so far about the next launch event.
Looks like the iPhone ten's days may be numbered. While the next gen iPhones get a new paint job. Let's get down to the core of Apple news and rumors starting right now. We begin today's show, well, pretty much the same way we have been starting off for the past couple of weeks now. With yet another iPhone X leak. This time another render from case maker Ghostek. These images in Forbes and Slash Gear feature the same iPhone housed in one of their cases. This is not the first render we've seen from the company. Meaning They seem to be pretty sure they've got the specs right for this budget iPhone. 6.1-inch LCD display with slightly thicker bezels as shown in this concept by Ben Gaskin with that true depth camera array on the notch and single rear-facing camera. And by budget, they should really say entry level, because it's rumored to be priced at around $700. That's the same price of an iPhone 8. Long time analyst [UNKNOWN] also helped shed some light on the new iPhones last week when he revealed new colors for both lineups. His report cited a 95 Mac states that the less expensive model will come in grey, white Red, blue and orange, a color gamut reminiscent of the iPhone 5C. The more expensive second gen iPhone 10 and iPhone 10 Plus would get a new gold edition with a dual SIM option on the Plus, similar to what you see here from Concept iPhones. And with two months to go until the event, I would be willing to bet that these rumors are getting pretty close to becoming reality. [SOUND] But the new batch of iPhones could spell doom for the original iPhone X as rumors continue to surface about Apple's plans to kill it off before the end of the year. According to BlueFin analysts cited in the Barron's report, Apple would discontinue it's tenth anniversary iPhone To prevent it from cannibalizing sales of the new iPhone Trio which this report refers to as the iPhone 9, 11, and 11 Plus. At this point I think the biggest question mark, at least for me here, is what these phones are actually gonna be called. A few months ago, Ming-Chi Kuo also shared a Similar prediction about the iPhone X. The other casualty here the iPhone SE. Not only have we lost all hopes of getting a sequel to Apple's tiny budget phone this year, now we've learned Apple may be planning to scrap the existing SE altogether after the launch We've also been hearing rumors about a refresh to Apple's MacBook lineup. Now, these rumors have been around for awhile but the latest ones seem to suggest that it will happen sooner rather than later. Last week French site Consomac pointed out that Apple has registered new Macs and iPads With the Eurasian Economic Commission. The report list five model numbers that could correspond to a 13 inch Pro with and without a touch bar. A 15 inch Pro. Maybe a refresh to the 12 inch MacBook. And hopefully a new Macbook Air like this beauty right here. [SOUND] And you may have noticed the new iOS 11.4.1 update this week. And though it's pretty minor, there are some things to point out. Apple says it includes the usual bug fixes and improved security for the iPhone and iPad. But there's actually an entirely new security feature now hiding in your settings. USB Restricted Mode basically shuts off data transfer to new USB accessories if it's been more than an hour since you last unlocked your iPhone. Harder for law enforcement or hackers to break into your iPhone through the lightning port. Apple characterises the new mode as closing a security hole, not a way to lock out the cops but yeah we'll take it. Apple also updated Watch OS and TV OS. [SOUND] In March of 2008, Steve Jobs took the stage to announce a platform where developers could get their creations into the hands of all iPhone users. And the way we're gonna do it is what we call the App Store. This is an application we've written To deliver apps to the iPhone. And, we are gonna put it on every single iPhone with the next release of the software. And July 10th marked the tenth anniversary of that software update that brought the app store to life. Alongside 500 iPhone apps. Since then the App Store has grown to house over 2 million apps and generated $100 billion dollars for developers. Which apps have top the charts? According to an App annie report the Facebook app has been the most downloaded app of all time followed by messenger, you tube, instagram and whatsapp. But that not necessarily work people are spending most of their time. That number one spot belongs to Netflix. Then Spotify, Pandora Radio, Chinese video streaming app called Tencent and Tinder is at number five. Streaming services may dominate our screen time now, but back in 2010 it was an app called Documents To Go. Where users spent most of their time, this $5 document reader allowed you to view and sometimes edit Word docs, PDFs, PowerPoints, and Excel docs. Back in a more productive era when we actually used phones as more of a business tool than a way to binge watch shows and stalk people on social media. Here's hoping the next ten years of the App Store brings back a little more productivity to our digital life. That's it for this week's show but you can always catch up on more Apple news on c/net.com and come back next week for more Apple Core.