Will iPhone X be Apple’s answer to Samsung Galaxy S8?
This is the 10th year of Apple iPhones and the company is expected to commemorate it with an anniversary edition smartphone.
The recent leak of Apple’s software code suggests that Apple is likely to bring out three smartphones this year and they will be called iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
While the first two are the likely successors to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which were released last year, if the leaked pictures are to be believed, all eyes are going to be on the special edition iPhone X on account of its bezel-less design on the lines of Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6.
Here are some key highlights of iPhone X put together on the basis of reports online.
The leaked images of the iPhone X show that the front panel will be completely bezel-free except for a small strip for front camera and earphone above the screen.
The notion behind having a bezel-less screen is to pack in a bigger screen without adding to the phone’s size and weight. It has allowed the likes of Samsung incorporate display of 6.3 inches in the Galaxy Note 8 without adding weight or girth to it.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, whose predictions are mostly right, the new iPhone X will have a 5.8-inch (2,436x1,125p) screen and due to the bezel-less design, it is going to be smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, which is expected to have a 5.5-inch screen.
Apple is also expected to switch to an OLED display as they use less battery and provide better black levels than LED panel that Apple uses in its iPhones.
The circular home button, a trademark Apple feature, which also doubled up as a fingerprint sensor since iPhone 5s, is likely to be replaced with an on-screen home button similar to Android. The status of the fingerprint sensor is still uncertain, though. According to a Wall Street Journal report, published last week, Apple ran into some productivity issue while embedding the fingerprint scanner in the screen and due to lack of time they might leave the feature out in the iPhone X completely.
According to a Bloomberg report from July 2017, Apple is likely to use facial recognition sensor to unlock the new iPhone X.
The iPhone X will be dual camera smartphone but the orientation of the cameras is expected to be different on it. They will be vertically oriented so one can shoot 3D images and videos in landscape mode. 3D images require the two cameras to be placed side-by-side.
The iPhone X will have a single front camera but is likely to support 3D sensing so it can run augmented reality (AR) apps. The face recognition sensor is also likely to be integrated in the front camera.
There is no update on the processor yet, but we expect the iPhone X to run on the same chipset that will be used in the other two iPhones. On the software front, iPhone X will run the iOS 11 with features such as improved Siri. The AR apps will the extra that you won’t get on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
The iPhone X’s unique design allows Apple to take on its Android rivals such as Samsung and LG, while with iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple is planning to keep happy its core fans who do not like drastic design changes in the iPhones.