Apple’s product launches, particularly for its iPhone, have become a yearly affair that many look forward to – especially those whose telco contracts are coming to an end.
As expected, Apple usually makes a keynote in September to launch a brand new iPhone and this year is no exception.
Rumours surrounding the latest device have been aplenty and the most important point to note is that more than one is expected to be announced.
1) Three Devices To Be Unveiled
A total of three iPhones are set to be unveiled this Tuesday, two of which will be natural progressions from the current slate of devices, and a third to commemorate the 10th year anniversary since the launch of the first iPhone.
2) Leaks Reveal Their Exact Names
According to an iOS 11 GM leak, the two devices expected to launch will be called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. These devices are expected to be a natural evolution from the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lineup and will look fairly similar bar several new upgrades.
The main event however is expected to be surrounding a third device, dubbed the iPhone X, which will mark a radical shift from the current lineup of iPhones. This device will look drastically different from what we’ve seen before.
3) The iPhone X Skips Thumbprints For Facial Recognition
Now I know what you’re thinking, how accurate could facial recognition be. And won’t someone be able to unlock my phone by using a photo of myself?
Based on reliable sources, it appears that the new iPhone X will be using 3D facial recognition, which uses infrared to detect faces as opposed to identifying via imagery alone. Not only does this mean that photos won’t work, it also means that the system will be accurate in both day and night, even when lighting is low.
4) No Home Button For The iPhone X
A part of that radical shift from thumbprints to facial recognition has to do with the lack of a Home button on the iPhone X.
Apple had begun doing away with the button since the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, when it replaced a physical button for a haptic one instead, which mimicked the sensation of pressing a button with vibrations.
5) Wireless Charging
The upcoming slate of iPhones are expected to come with inductive wireless charging capabilities, utilising a state-of-the-art glass body to do so.
It’s unclear as to whether the feature will be included in all three devices or only on the iPhone X, but sources have stated that it may not be available out of the box and will be activated later in the year.
6) Three Colours To Choose From
Besides the usual staple of black or silver, Apple is adding a dash of colour as an option for the iPhone X in the form of “Blush Gold”, which to the naked eye looks more like tan or brown.
Of course, these images are of dummy models, so the final product may differ, but as preview, do check them out below.
7) Say Hello To Animoji
If you’re wondering what an Animoji is, it’s exactly what it sounds like – an animated emoji. According to information in the iOS 11 GM firmware, the iPhone X will use its new facial scanning hardware to create animated emojis based on its user’s facial expressions.
According to Apple, an Animoji is a “custom animated messages that use your voice and reflect your facial expressions.”
All in all, we’re pretty excited to see what’s to come at the keynote on September 12. For a closer look at dummy model of the upcoming iPhone X, check out the video below.