‘Gather Round’ Leak Roundup: iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, New Apple Watch Sizes, AppleCare ‘Theft and Loss’, and More

In the early hours of the morning, a product sitemap XML file
hosted on Apple’s website was shared by AllThingsHow,
including URL links that confirmed a handful of previous rumors
surrounding the trio of 2018 iPhones and upcoming Apple Watch.
Since the leaks came at a fast pace, we’ve rounded up all of the
news in one post, so read on for all of the important details
about the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and 2018 Apple Watch.

iPhone

The names “iPhone XS,” “iPhone XS Max,” and “iPhone XR” — all
previously rumored at some point — were confirmed as
the final product names
in the sitemap data shared today.
iPhone XS is the followup to last year’s iPhone X, measuring in
at 5.8 inches and launching in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage
capacities. You’ll be able to buy the iPhone XS in Space Gray and
Silver, like last year’s iPhone X, and also now in Gold.


Apple is also introducing a new “Plus” style iPhone this year,
but it’s ditching the Plus branding for the first time since
2014 and going with “Max” in the iPhone XS Max. This 6.5-inch
iPhone will be Apple’s biggest smartphone yet, and come in all
of the same
storage and color options
as its smaller counterpart.

For customers looking to spend less money, the iPhone XR will
be the cheaper alternative to the iPhone XS and XS Max. The
6.1-inch model also has the widest variety of color options
offered this year: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Coral, and Blue.
You’ll be able to buy it in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage
capacities.

Here’s the full 2018 iPhone lineup:

  • iPhone XS/XS Max storage sizes: 64GB, 256GB,
    and 512GB
  • iPhone XS/XS Max colors: Space Gray, Silver,
    and Gold
  • iPhone XR storage sizes: 64GB, 128GB, and
    256GB
  • iPhone XR colors: Black, White, Red, Yellow,
    Coral, and Blue

With 18 iPhone XR models and 18 iPhone XS/XS Max models, the
total iPhone count for 2018 will be 36 models.

Apple Watch

In one of the biggest surprises from today’s leaks, the upcoming
Apple Watch models will be gaining new
40mm and 44mm case sizes
. This means that the current 38mm
case will increase to 40mm and the 42mm will increase to 44mm,
although some links in the sitemap reveal that a few models of
the existing sizes will be sticking around.


Since Apple measures the Apple Watch cases vertically, it
appears that the new models will be gaining a slight bit of
height this year. Although this has caused some to worry about
existing bands becoming incompatible with the new Apple Watch,
no rumors have yet to suggest that Apple is discontinuing
legacy bands for a new style. In fact, notable Apple reporter
Mark Gurman has mentioned that the 2018 Apple Watch will be
compatible with existing bands
numerous times
over the past
few months
.

You’ll be able to buy the 44mm Apple Watch in GPS and GPS +
Cellular configurations, with the usual Silver, Space Gray, and
Gold aluminum case options. For stainless steel, the sitemap
also mentions Silver, Space Black, and Gold options. Bands
referenced include White Sport Band, Seashell Sport Loop, Black
Sport Band, Black Sport Loop, Sand Sport Band, and Sand Sport
Loop.

In 40mm, there’s a few Nike and Hermès options. Hermès includes
an Indigo Craie Orange Double Tour band with a Stainless Steel
case, and Nike has Pure Platinum Black Sport Band, Summit White
Sport Loop, Anthracite Black Sport Band, and Black Sport Loop
paired with various aluminum cases.


Of course, these will not be the only Apple Watches available
to buy at launch, as you can expect numerous stainless steel
cases outside of the Hermès line, as well as some bundles with
higher-cost bands. A
separate leak today
also revealed the front panel for the
new Apple Watch, showing off the 15 percent larger display.

Lastly for Apple Watch, the sitemap does not designate the 2018
models as “Series 4,” although it keeps the “Series 3”
terminology for the existing models, which Apple will keep
around at a lower price point. It’s unclear if this means that
Apple is ditching the “Series” branding altogether this year,
and if so what the new Apple Watch will be called.

AppleCare

AppleCare is always a reliable announcement alongside the newest
iPhones each year, and today’s leaks confirm that you’ll be able
to purchase the usual AppleCare+ protection plans for iPhone XS,
XS Max, and XR. This year, AppleCare+ plans also include coverage
for “theft and loss,” and will be available for $399.00, as per
a Best Buy leak
.

Accessories

The sitemap file confirmed a handful of traditional Apple
colorways will be making it to this generation of silicone and
leather cases for the 2018 iPhones. You’ll be able to buy a
silicone case for the iPhone XS and XS Max in Black, White,
Midnight Blue, (PRODUCT)Red, and Stone. In leather, the iPhone XS
cases will come in (PRODUCT)Red, Taupe, and Black.


The current iPhone X silicone case in Midnight Blue, Black,
and (PRODUCT)Red


Given that the information shared was just a peek at the upcoming
accessory lines, this is far from every accessory announcement
that will be made later today. You can also expect leather cases
for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, as well as silicone cases
for the cheaper iPhone. The sitemap also includes references to
OtterBox cases for the iPhone XS and XS Max.

Missing from “Gather Round”

Amid all of the confirmed upcoming announcements from Apple
sourced from the sitemap XML file, there are some notable
omissions. It appears that Apple has
no plans to announce a new iPad Pro
at today’s event. iPad
Pro models with Face ID may still show up next month at an event
that could also include refreshes to the MacBook Air, Mac mini,
iMac, and potentially more.


iPad
Pro concept by Álvaro Pabesio


Apple’s long-awaited AirPower charging mat was also nowhere to be
found in the sitemap data. It’s been one year since Apple first
revealed the AirPower at the iPhone X event in September 2017,
with a promised 2018 launch date. AirPower will be able to charge
all Qi-compatible iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3 and the new 2018
models, and AirPods.

If AirPower doesn’t make it into the “Gather Round” event
today, there’s also
less of a chance
that Apple will introduce the revamped
AirPods, which will come with a new wireless charging case
aimed to be paired with AirPower.


We now have just under two hours to go until Apple finally (and
officially) announces the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, new Apple
Watch, and more at the “Gather Round” event in California. As
usual, MacRumors has you covered if you’re interested in
following a live blog of the event, which will be posted on our
front page ahead of time, with live tweets available on the
@MacRumorsLive
Twitter account.

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