Meet the iPhone X: Apple's latest product

By Kalendra Withana 

As a result of a viral leak which had occurred on Saturday, it has been confirmed that Apple's latest iPhone will be called the 'iPhone X'.

Joining the company's new range of gadgets also are the 'iPhone 8' and 'iPhone 8 Plus'. As reported by the Apple news website 9to5Mac, the three products are set to be publicly unveiled at Apple headquarters on Tuesday 12th September. The launch date itself marks the 10th anniversary since the American company introduced the famous iPhone to the world.

 Design concepts for the iPhone 8 (left), iPhone X (middle) and iPhone 8 Plus (right). Credit - The Daily Telegraph/IDROPNEWS


Developer Steve Troughton Smith said: "It was very clear that iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X were the marketing names,"

"It's theoretically possible that Apple could change that marketing name for the iPhone X, especially if it's not going to be finished for another month as per rumors. But I like to deal with hard evidence, and right now iPhone X calls itself iPhone X."

Apple are expected to have configured certain innovative and cutting-edge characteristics for the iPhone X. Bloomberg have reported that a person's gestures will control the iPhone X, and this will replace the function of the conventional home button that we see on the front of regular iPhones.

 A 5.8in high-definition OLED display is set to be introduced for the iPhone X, which will take over the top, bottom and sides of the device. 3D sensors are also an additional feature of the iPhone X.

It has also been reported that the device will feature a new face identification system, which will see the use of 3D detectors to recognise a person looking into the phone. In line with this, a new messaging app known as 'Animoji' will additionally be introduced for the iPhone X. With the help of the 3D sensors, it is anticipated this app will create 'emojis' that reflect the expression of the person looking into the camera.

With further regards to camera technology, the iPhone X is reported to feature a 12MP rear-facing camera, which can cater for 4K video at 60 FP.

Rumours of the actual price of the iPhone X is set to be approximately close to $1,000. 

In terms of the expected sale value for the device, analysts predict that due to the already "better-than-expected iPad and iPhone sales", Apple's new product could potentially secure a $1 trillion market cap.

It is expected that Apple are also shortly going to unveil the new generation of the 'Apple Watch' and a 4K Apple TV.

In responding to the leak of the iPhone X, Apple-watchers regard that the news was most likely to have been reported deliberately.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote: “Someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors,”

 “I’m nearly certain this wasn’t a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee. Whoever did this is the least-popular person in Cupertino. More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history.”

Sources - The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Economic Times

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