Three alleged Foxconn employees have set Reddit into a frenzy with a thread that gave away extensive information about Apple’s upcoming 2017 iPhone and other products. Adding further spice, subreddit’s moderators confirmed they verified the identities of the posters with proper documentation and evidence.
So what did we learn? A lot.
- The new iPhone is called the ‘iPhone X’ (but it is unclear if this is a codename).
- It looks most like the middle version in both these leaked images (I called it).
- There is a new dual rear camera with vertical alignment.
- The front bezel will be thinner on the Y-axis.
- Test units have Touch ID under the glass “but performance and yield rates were not good”.
- No version is planned with a rear fingerprint scanner.
- AuthenTech’s long standing Touch ID capacitive touch module has been replaced.
- There will be Facial Detection and a Retina Scanner.
- And plural: “front facing camera modules”.
- RAM remains at 3GB like the iPhone 7 Plus.
- The aluminum unibody is replaced by “composite glass”.
- There’s wireless charging via a rear panel.
- It will again be “water resistant” (no word if the rating has increased).
- There is no USB-C, Apple is sticking with Lightning.
- Production is indeed delayed.
These points largely tally with a growing consensus of leaks, though there was no mention of the potential shape change to a longer, narrower display.
The Foxconn insiders also said we shouldn’t get excited about the more incremental iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus refreshes that will also debut with the iPhone 8 / iPhone X. They say both models will retain the same aluminum unibody, which rules out any major redesign and there also won’t be any wireless charging.
Interestingly, despite Reddit’s own verification process, perennial Apple fansite AppleInsider strikes a note of caution that the insiders have been off before. Though in their defence: not every product a company manufactures makes it to market.
This deluge of new information comes at the start of a big week for Apple. The company’s WWDC 2017 conference kicks off on Monday with new MacBooks and iPads expected as well as the first glimpse of iOS 11. That said Apple won’t be talking about new iPhones, so it will hope some secrets remain despite the delayed release date.
Gordon Kelly, Contributor