A number of rumours surfaced in the build-up to the unveiling of the iPhone X – due for release this Friday – claiming that it wouldn’t hit the shelves until 2018. It seems those rumours were true.
During a recent interview with Mashable, Dan Riccio, Apple’s SVP of Hardware Engineering, revealed that the firm originally intended to release the iPhone X in 2018, “but with a lot of hard work, talent, grit, and determination [it was] able to deliver [it] this year”.
The iPhone X was designed to show the market that Apple hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to innovation. Priced at £999 for the 64GB base variant, the handset ships with an edge-to-edge OLED screen, a 64-bit A11 Bionic CPU à la iPhone 8 and a dual-camera setup.
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The pièce de résistance, however, is Face ID, Apple’s face recognition feature, which was widely-rumored to have been built because the Cupertino company wasn’t able to find a way to bake its beloved Touch ID sensor into the iPhone X in time for its self-imposed manufacturing deadline.
It would appear that wasn’t the case, though. If Riccio is to be believed – and there’s no reason he shouldn’t – Apple has envisioned Face ID as the future of authentication for a while now, locking in its design for the system shortly after the iPhone 7 hit the shelves in 2016.
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