This is the first year that Apple has launched three handsets at the same time, the new iPhone X which lands tomorrow and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that launched last month. It looks like Apple had originally planned to launch the X in 2018, but decided to work to release the handset a year earlier than planned.
The news comes in a report from Mashable, who spoke to Apple’s SVP of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio about Apple’ new flagship smartphone. Here is what he had to say about the handset, “the line of sight” for a 2018 iPhone X launch, “but with a lot of hard work, talent, grit, and determination we were able to deliver them this year,”.
The interview also revealed that Apple never planned to have a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone X. Previous rumors had suggested that Apple were unable to get the fingerprint scanner under the glass in time for launch, this is incorrect, the company planned to use Face ID from the start. Apple have obviously worked hard to get the new iPhone out ahead of their original schedule.
This could explain why Apple are doing things differently with the iPhone X launch, the company gave the handset to a bunch of YouTube channels first, rather than the normal technology sites. The technology sites have also reported that they had less time to review the new iPhone over previous years.
This may suggest that Apple is not as confident about the launch of the iPhone X as they have been with other handsets. This could be because of all the design changes they have made to the device and all the new features. It could also be because of the high price of the handset which is Apple’s most expensive to date.
From what we have seen so far with pre-orders of the new iPhone, it looks like Apple doesn’t have anything to worry about with their new iPhone, the handset could end up being their most popular smartphone to date.
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