Apple Poised to Introduce its Most Expensive iPhone Model - Page 2

This means that law enforcement or other government agencies won’t be able to use a fingerprint to unlock the phone, but must use a password. This is important because courts in the U.S. have different standards for compelling the use of biometrics, versus compelling the provision of passwords. In short, biometrics don’t require a warrant, but passwords do.

A similar security change would alter the way the iPhone establishes trust with a computer is handled. Before iOS 11, you simply had to click on a dialog box to say that you trusted a particular computer. With the new software, you will need to enter the pass code to the device to gain access and download the contents of a phone to another computer.

The security changes won’t prevent law enforcement from gaining access to the contents of a phone, but it will require that they get a warrant.

In addition to security improvements and a better screen, the iPhone X will support wireless charging, something that Samsung has been offering for a while. The wireless charging does not appear to extend to the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, however. The iPhone X will have a glass back. However, an advance look at a preview model of the iPhone 8 shows it to have a solid metal back similar to what’s on the iPhone 7.

The other big improvements to the next iPhones will be faster processors, although apparently most of that improvement will go to the 8 Plus and the X, both of which will get 6-core processors. The standard iPhone 8 may have a 4-core processor much like what’s in the iPhone 7.

So the obvious question is whether there’s enough in these new releases to make them compelling for your company. The iPhone X certainly will have a big gee-whiz factor, and if it works well, the facial recognition may be more secure than its predecessors, but it’s also going to be significantly more expensive. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be somewhat more advanced than their iPhone 7 counterparts, but how much of an improvement remains to be seen.

At this point it’s tough to see how to justify the substantial price increase for the iPhone X. The iPhone 8, on the other hand is the next logical step and if prior practice holds true, the price will be the same as the current model. So making the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus your next standard phone makes perfect sense, unless you feel inadequate you don't pay top dollar for the most advanced available gadget.

For businesses that make smartphone buying decisions for employees, there’s no question that the X will be the latest executive play thing. Your C-level folks will absolutely have to have it. But the cost is much higher, and there’s no word on whether existing iPhone infrastructure, such as Lightening Connectors, will work. If an infrastructure change is required, then you’ll have to determine who gets the new phone and who doesn’t.

Wayne Rash

Wayne Rash

Wayne Rash is a freelance writer and editor with a 35 year history covering technology. He’s a frequent speaker on business, technology issues and enterprise computing. He covers Washington and...