Days before the launch of what is undoubtedly the most anticipated smartphone to date, 9to5Mac, an Apple news website, reported that there would be more than one new iPhone unveiled at Steve Jobs’ theatre in California on September 12, 2017.
Following previous years, it was anticipated that the iPhone 8 would mark Apple’s tenth anniversary, but new reports point towards the company ditching the iPhone 7 appellations entirely. Instead, it is going to be called the iPhone X. The ‘X’ in the name is very likely a reference to this being the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone.
Apple is not completely dropping the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus however, as they will be updates for the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They will also be the remaining two iPhones that will be unveiled along with the iPhone X, according to reports.
In terms of price, it is said that the iPhone X will cost more than $1000, the most expensive one yet compared to current iPhone prices that range from $650-$970.
So, what should we expect from iPhone X?
A major new feature is FACE ID. As the name suggests it is an evolution to Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology. With FACE ID, the iPhone will use face recognition to unlock the phone and authenticate the user, much like the Touch ID allowed with the fingerprint sensor.
“It appears that you can use Face ID to not only unlock your phone, but also use it to confirm purchases in iTunes and the App Store,” state reports. In addition to, working in the dark.
The FACE ID feature may originate with the latest iPhone having an edge-to-edge screen. The new screen will have an OLED display that more accurately reproduces colour and makes content much sharper. It is expected to take up the entire screen, similar to Samsung phones, due to the lack of bezels. This will enable users to see more texts, videos and website information without scrolling down, as the screen will be taller. Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are still expected to use LCD screens.
The phone will also use Apple’s True Tone Technology, adjusting the temperature based on the environment, to make it look more consistent in different settings.
After a decade of debuting the home button as the main physical control on the device, Apple is removing it for iPhone X. In its place will be a thin virtual bar that can be dragged up to launch features like multitasking and close apps.
Another new feature will be the Animoji, which are animated emojis, emoticons that can move around in messages. The Face ID feature can also be used to create custom Animoji, which can then be sent in messages, using technology that’s similar to motion capture that you see in films and games.
Reports also suggest that the iPhone X will support inductive (wireless) charging instead of plugging it into a charging cable. It’ll use Qi wireless charging standard but Apple’s phone will only work with special apple chargers.
The iPhone X will feature a 12MP rear-facing camera with support for 4K video at 60 FPS and 1080p video at 240 FPS, reported 9to5Mac. As the front camera, it will be 7MP with support for 1080p video at 30 FPS.
PROCESSOR & SOFTWARE
Like every year, the iPhone will ship new software, iOS 11, and will have a powerful A11 processor. iOS 11 will include a redesigned Control Centre, support for augmented reality apps, Apple pay support in iMessage, maps for inside airports and shopping centers, and a dedicated app for managing files. The company has also been reportedly working on a dedicated AL chip.
These reports come after an Apple employee leaked information on the new iPhone and other products during the weekend. It’s not the first time Apple has faced this sort of issue and as a result, have hired former employees at the National Security Agency to help catch leakers. However, it is a battle that they will continue to fight considering how they are.
The only mystery that’s left is whether the iPhone X is to be pronounced like the letter, or the numeral.