Cupertino-based tech firm, Apple Inc. launched its newest member in the iPhone series; the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. However, there was a new twist when rumors had it that the firm would launching three (3) flagships this time around. And indeed, there was the the iPhone X – that came and took all the spotlight during the launch event that was held at the Steve Jobs Theater – the company’s new campus.
The newly introduced phablet (the iPhone X) has caused relationship breakups, forced many to save their earnings, working more hard – adding more work to your current work scheduled, just to see that they get hold of the iPhone X which is priced at USD$999 (approx. 3,596,400 UGX) and USD$1,149 (approx. 4,136,400 UGX) for the 64GB and 256GB variants respectively.
However, this is not the news today. We have learnt that it appears the iPhone X wasn’t supposed to be launched this year alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. According to media reports, Dan Riccio; Senior Vice President of hardware engineering at Apple, has revealed that the iPhone X launch was originally planned for 2018 and not 2017.
In an interview with tech-firm; Mashable, Riccio stated that with a lot of hard work, talent, grit, and determination, Apple had ultimately brought the iPhone X before time. The decision for an earlier had left no time for the iPhone team to make any design changes, the executive mentioned.
Apple was initially rumored to include a fingerprint scanner on the back of the anniversary-edition iPhone. However, as Riccio pointed out, the company eventually considered facial recognition tech – Face ID – as the only solution.
“We spent no time looking at [putting] fingerprints on the back or through the glass or on the side,” he said in the interview.
The TrueDepth sensor-equipped Face ID technology brought some production issues at the initial stage. Apple managed to stabilize the supply ahead of the final shipments of the new iPhone, though. A recent report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple is set to continue the adaption of Face ID for its iPhone models in 2018.
iPhone X will be available starting on November 3, 2017 in the first wave of launch countries. The first shipments will be to customers who successfully pre-ordered the handset starting late last month.
iPhone X specs
The 5.8-Inch flagship spots a screen resolution of 1125×2436 pixels, more than any previous generation iPhone models, and has been dubbed the Super Retina HD Display, hosts a range of sensors including flood illuminator, infrared camera, a dot projector to allow customers to unlock the phablet by just looking at it – a system called Face ID.
The iPhone X also packs a duo of 12MP rear cameras (F/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures), and 7MP selfie camera, the company saying it is brings a Portrait mode feature, which it had introduced to the iPhone 7 Plus last year.