An Apple executive has claimed that the new iPhone X was actually intended for release in 2018, but that the speed of the company’s innovation meant it was able to launch the device this year.
Speaking with Mashable, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio, revealed that Apple had intended to work longer on a bezel–free phone.
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Riccio says Apple had nailed the basic design of the iPhone X as long ago as November 2016 and, having decided on a 2017 launch date, backed itself into a position where it could afford little time to make changes.
It was this move that meant the iPhone X did not launch with a fingerprint scanner. In fact, says Riccio, Touch ID was never on the cards for the new flagship iPhone.
“We spent no time looking at putting fingerprints on the back or through the glass or on the side.”
This flies in the face of rumours that Apple tried and failed to add Touch ID, but makes sense when considering that the California company wanted a major alternative to help it stand out from the smartphone pack.
The iPhone X is out on 3rd November, with pre–ordered devices not due to ship for as much as six weeks.