iPhone X: unusual name, big price and Apple's next big thing
Most people who follow these rumours expect three models of the iPhone: presumably an iPhone 7s, an iPhone 7s Plus and an iPhone 8. What isn't so clear is whether those will be their actual names. After all, this is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, so some people are expecting the "iPhone 8" to be called the "iPhone X".
Because X's, as we all know, are cool.
This high-end version of the iPhone is the one really generating the bulk of the excitement, as it's expected to be the one with the most design changes. Some more intriguing rumours about the actual specs of the phone have surfaced in the past couple of weeks. Here's a look at what experts expect to see.
A sharper screen
Previous spins through the rumour mill have raised expectations that at least the most expensive version of the iPhone will have an OLED screen, rather than the LCD technology it packs now.
Translated from alphabet soup, the biggest difference for consumers will be in the picture quality. OLED screens are known for having vivid colours and deep blacks.
Apple competitors — including Samsung, LG, Google and Motorola — have all released phones with this type of screen in the past.
A very high price tag
Now this is a doozy. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicted the fanciest iPhone could bear a price tag of more than $US1000 ($1300) in the US.
It's not quite as far-fetched as it may seem: a fully loaded iPhone 7 Plus, for example, already costs $US969. In Australia it costs $1569, so the hypothetical iPhone X could be north of that. Still, it's a psychological price line that many people may balk at, particularly when Apple's least expensive laptop is $999.
Set it down, charge it up
This has been a persistent item on the iPhone owner wishlist, particularly as Apple competitors such as Samsung have added it to their phones. This rumour went from wishful thinking late last year to likely, however, when Kuo said that the next generation of iPhones will have wireless charging capabilities. Although, as 9 to 5 Mac reported, it's not clear whether the wireless charger itself will be included with a new phone.
Apple already uses wireless charging for the Apple Watch, so it's not a huge leap of faith to think they could adapt their technology for the phone. The company last week also joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a standards body devoted to, well, you can probably guess, right?
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