In an unusual development, the smartphone giant Apple suffered biggest ever leak after it was revealed that the next series of iPhone will be called “iPhone X” and not iPhone 8 as was being speculated. In other details it was also revealed that iPhone will be available in the market from $1,000, and two other new smartphones may be called “iPhone 8” and “iPhone 8 Plus.”
The information was leaked by two news websites, who were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operation system.
The code refers to an iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets. It also details facial recognition tech that acts both as an ID system and maps users’ expressions onto emojis.
John Gruber, a blogger known for his coverage of Apple, told BBC News, “As best I’ve been able to ascertain, these builds were available to download by anyone, but they were obscured by long, unguessable URLs [web addresses]. Someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors. I’m nearly certain this wasn’t a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee.”
Grubber said that it was the biggest leak of its kind to hit the firm. Apple is scheduled to organise a launch event at its new headquarters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, according to a developer named Steve Troughton Smith, the iPhone 8 will feature 2GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will both feature 3GB.
“In terms of camera technology, Smith says the iPhone X will feature a 12MP rear-facing camera with support for 4K video at 60 FPS and 1080p video at 240 FPS,” 9to5Mac reported.
As for the front shooter, the device houses 7MP camera with support for 1080p video at 30 FPS. Meanwhile, Apple’s iOS 11 Golden Master (GM) — the final version of the software — has also been leaked, revealing more about the products to be unveiled.
The iOS 11 GM revealed Apple’s new A11 processor that features 6 cores – two high performance cores and four high efficiency cores.
According to The Verge, There’s been some new revelations about the 3D face scanner, wireless charging and Apple TV.
“It appears that you can use Face ID to not only unlock your phone, but also use it to confirm purchases in iTunes and the App Store,” the report added.
One of the iPhone models may be charged wirelessly.ASmith also pointed out that the Apple TV will have 4K resolution.
This year’s launch marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
Analysts have predicted that riding on the “better-than-expected iPad and iPhone sales”, the upcoming flagship device could make the Cupertino-based giant the first company to reach and sustain a $1 trillion market cap.
According to a report in MarketWatch, the stock momentum has added $56 billion to the company’s market cap since the announcement of its third quarter results.