Apple iPhone X: the rumors that ended up wrong
The last several days have been filled with reactions, memes and comments what the new iPhone is and what is not. A lot of rumors and alleged live images appeared and while many of them turned out real and gave us a good idea of what to expect, some of them ended up to be unfounded speculations.
Everything started with a suggestion from analysts KGI Research that the anniversary iPhone might come with a “Function Area” to occupy the lower portion of its OLEDOLED technology was invented by Eastman Kodak in the early 1980s. OLED panels are made from organic (carbon based) materials that emit light when electricity is applied through them. Since OLEDs do not require a backlight and filters (unlike LCD displays), they are more efficient, simpler to make, and much thinner. OLEDs have a great picture quality - brilliant colors, fast response rate and a wide viewing angle. OLEDs can also be used to make OLED lighting - thin, efficient and without any bad metals.panel. At one point we even thought a TouchBar might be in place, but the iPhone X has a seamless screen with the usual distribution despite its taller aspect.
A lack of fingerprint scanner in the flagship iPhone came out as a surprise for many, especially when multiple rumors and images suggested the reader may be placed either under the screen or on the back. We saw cases and even alleged prototypes, but they were proven to be fake.
There was rumors going both ways for the name too - while some correctly predicted that the anniversary flagship will be dubbed iPhone X others said the phones would be named iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8. Well, we got an iPhone 8, it's just that it's the incremental rather than the major upgrade.
In the year 2017 companies like Huawei and Xiaomi launch phones with colors like Robin Egg Blue or Hatsune Miku Green. Surely Apple was going to announce at least pink iPhone X. Well, no, it only comes in Space Gray and Silver. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus also come with more limited color options than before - only adding Gold to the mix.
Back in February, Wall Street Journal suggested the iPhone X might ditch the Lighting port and go for USB-CWith the continued success of the USB interface, there exists a need to adapt USB technology to serve newer computing platforms and devices as they trend toward smaller, thinner and lighter form-factors. Many of these newer platforms and devices are reaching a point where existing USB receptacles and plugs are inhibiting innovation, especially given the relatively large size and internal volume constraints of the Standard-A and Standard-B versions of USB connectors... Apple apparently had no such plans and stuck with its in-house port.
We also heard about Apple boosting the water resistance rating of its phones to IP68IP (or "Ingress Protection") ratings are defined in international standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989). They are used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies (tools, dirt etc) and moisture. The numbers that follow IP each have a specific meaning. The first indicates the degree of protection (of people) from moving parts, as well as the protection of enclosed equipment from foreign bodies. The second defines the protection level that the enclosure enjoys from various forms of moisture (drips, sprays, submersion etc). , but all three new phones come with IP67 only, meaning they only work under 1m of water or less.
Finally there were reports of 512GB storage version, like on those latest iPads, but the new iPhones max out at 256GB. Maybe this is not such a great loss though - considering the price it would have commanded few would have even considered it.