Apple’s new iPhone X, unveiled alongside a less radically redesigned iPhone 8 in California last night, will do away with a home button in order to accommodate a screen that extends across the entire front of the phone.
The flagship phone, pronounced “iPhone 10”, according to Apple, will cost £999 in the UK (or £1,149 for a model with 256GB of memory rather than the standard 64GB), will be available from 3 November.
Apart from the 5.8in edge-to-edge screen, its key features include upgraded cameras and “Face ID”, a facial-recognition password system.
“Apple had high expectations to fulfil ahead of the launch of the iPhone X,” says The Daily Telegraph, “and one thing’s for certain: it didn’t back away from them. Tim Cook called it the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone, and nothing less than ‘the future of the smartphone’.”
But the price may be a sticking point, saysAlphr. “The 256GB model is almost as expensive as an Apple MacBook with far fewer capabilities and potential – and no amount of high-quality photos and facial recognition can get around this,” the website says. “The iPhone X is for the rich or only the very serious Apple fans.”
Alphr also points out that Samsung’s S8, launched earlier this year with a similar edge-to-edge screen, is about half the price.
The more modestly priced iPhone 8 is “an under-the-hood upgrade at best”, saysCNET, with a new processor and more camera modes – but a largely unchanged design.
“If you’re coming from an iPhone 5S,” says Wired UK, “the iPhone 8 design with its larger display is a big step up, but those with an iPhone 6 or newer may struggle to see the [need to] upgrade from a design point of view”.
The iPhone 8 will cost from £599 and will go on sale in 22 September.
iPhone 8 and iPhone X: Huge leak reveals radical changes ahead of tomorrow’s launch
After what has been described as “one of the biggest leaks of all time”, the launch of Apple’s new iPhone looks set to be one the most important in years and mark a radical departure for the world’s biggest company.
When will it be released?
Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to unveil the new iPhone at a launch event at the company’s new Apple Park headquarters in California tomorrow around 10am Eastern Time.
Fans in the UK can watch the keynote live on Apple’s website from 6pm GMT.
If past launches are anything to go by, the device will go on sale a week after their unveiling. This means the new iPhones will be available for pre-order on Friday 15 September and hit stores the following week.
Apple has dismissed reports picked up by the likes of Business Insider which claim the new iPhone may not make it onto shelves this year due to supply chain issues and “technical challenges”, although huge demand for the new smartphone means there could be a limited supply for the first few months in the run-up to Christmas.
What will it be called?
It has long been rumoured that Apple with mark the 10th anniversary of its first iPhone with a radical redesign and a new name.
It now appears that both of these are true, with this weekend’s leak by an Apple employee seeming to suggest that the tech giant will break with its traditional naming system and call its new product iPhone X.
Along with the iPhone X, Apple is also planning to release an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus which will feature just minor upgrades compared to its new flagship phone. The company is also expected to unveil a new generation of Apple TV and Apple Watch, which could also get a rebrand.
So what can we expect from iPhone X?
“It has long been an ambition of Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief, to make an iPhone that looks like one piece of glass, with a screen that covers the whole of the front of the phone” says the Daily Telegraph.
This weekend’s leak seem to show this dream may finally have become a reality with clues in the HomePod code suggesting the new phone will have a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display.
It looks as though the aluminium casing that has been a feature since iPhone 4 will also be replaced by a glass back, allowing Apple to increase the size of the iPhone X without increasing the footprint.
Another long-serving feature that looks to be going is the Home button. Apple has already patented a way of embedding Touch ID into the screen with the latest leaks revealing a virtual home button that could be hidden.
This also means that the fingerprint scanner that unlocks the phone is likely to be replaced by facial recognition software which a 3D camera able to scan a user’s face to open phones, log in to apps and verify Apple Pay transactions.
The presence of the new dual lens camera system that uses infra red technology to detect location and depth of objects in its field of vision suggests one of the most revolutionary new iPhone X features will be the augmented reality (AR) video gaming.
Forbes says Apple CEO Tim Cook “has been preparing the ground for augmented reality for some time” and “is gambling on AR to be the iPhone’s killer feature” that will justify its massive price tag.
How much will it cost?
Here’s the catch. Reports suggest the new iPhone X could cost as much as $1,000 in the US and with the weak pound plus VAT, it could end up being around the same price in pounds when it goes on sale in the UK.
This means it will cost more than 50% more than the current iPhone 7, although the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus models are expected to be significantly cheaper.
What about wireless charging?
Long the Achilles heel of smartphone development, the slow pace of battery evolution means today’s iPhones last about as long when fully charged as the first one released a decade ago.
To combat this, manufacturers have focused on technology such as fast charging as a compromise “but Apple could go one better and allow wireless charging” says the Telegraph.
While true wireless charging that automatically powers a phone when you enter a room may still be a way off, the leaks suggest Apple will offer the opportunity to charge your phone by placing it on an inductive pad as an extra feature in the iPhone X.
iPhone 8 to be unveiled in less than two weeks
Apple’s highly-anticipated iPhone 8 looks set to be revealed in less than two-weeks’ time after the tech giant announced that its next keynote for new products will take place on 12 September.
The iPhone 8 is tipped to be a real game-changer. The expected debut of the new smartphone means the event is Apple’s “most significant in years”, saysMacRumors.
It’s reported to come with wireless charging, while the Mirror says the physical Touch ID security button on existing handsets may get replaced with a touch-sensitive digital version instead.
There’s also a possibility it will feature an edge-to-edge display similar to that of its rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8, while an all-glass design could return to the mobile after a six-year absence.
Along with the new range-topping smartphone, The Verge says Apple is gearing up to release updated versions of the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that are also set to feature wireless charging.
Additionally, 9to5Mac says new versions of the company’s computer and mobile operating systems, macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 respectively, are expected to appear at the keynote.
The event will be held at the Steve Jobs Theatre, which is next to the company’s recently-opened Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California.
It’s not yet known when the iPhone 8 will go on sale, but Alphr expects the smartphone to appear in shops on 22 September with a price tag of around $999 (£775).
Fans in the UK can watch the keynote live on Apple’s website from 6pm on 12 September.