Apple to Mark Smartphone Anniversary With 'iPhone X' Premium Handset
NEWS ANALYSIS: The latest mobile market chatter indicates that Apple will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the introduction of its iconic iPhone with three new models.The market rumors about the next iPhone is beginning to coalesce. It’s now pretty certain that there will be three new iPhone models, including a premium device designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The other two models are expected to be the usual update of features included in the iPhone 7. Apple will release two updates to the iPhone 7 and a new phone which may be called the iPhone 8 or it may be called the iPhone X, according to the leading analyst for Apple products, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. The use of the “X” may signify the 10th anniversary, or it may just sound cool, kind of like what Microsoft did when bypassed Windows 9 and went directly to Windows 10. But what few people are talking about is how the new iPhone, whatever its final name turns out to be, will compare with the also new Samsung Galaxy S8, which will be Samsung’s latest offering when it ships in late April. This is important, because virtually every new feature mentioned for the new Apple product will already be available on Samsung handsets sooner. The iPhone X is expected to be a new premium phone that comes with a lot of innovations, at least for Apple. The hottest among those are wireless charging, something that other phone makers have had for a while and which has been available on the Apple Watch since it was released.
The delay in wireless charging may have been due to Apple’s use of a machined aluminum case for the iPhone 7. While wireless charging technology has been available on mobile phones for nearly two years, Apple apparently wanted something better than what Samsung and others have been offering, which works, but can produce a lot of heat and is relatively slow.