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iPhone X rumours: specs, release date, price and everything you need to know

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iPhone X? iPhone 8? What's it called?

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After months of rumours that Apple's top-of-the-range smartphone for 2017 would be called the iPhone 8, it now seems almost certain that it'll be branded as the iPhone X instead.

That's not to say that we won't get a phone called the iPhone 8. However, word is that this will be a new handset that's a comparitively incremental upgrade from last year's iPhone 7.

And that's not all. We're purportedly also in line for another new smartphone in the shape of the iPhone 8 Plus. As its name suggests, this is thought to be an updated version of the super-sized iPhone 7 Plus.


When is the iPhone X on sale?

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Update: 01/09/2017

Apple has announced the iPhone X will debut on 12th September. We'll be covering all the news on the night.


The launch date for the iPhone X isn't known yet. But going by Apple's past form, it'll be unveiled in mid or late-September.

In previous years, Apple has made the phones available to pre-order directly from its site a few days later.

But you haven't been able to buy them in stores and on comparison sites like uSwitch until about ten days after launch.

We've seen nothing so far to make us believe that Apple will break form this year.

In fact, word from French Apple-watchers at Mac4ever suggests the California company could unveil the iPhone x, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at a special event on 12th September, before releasing all three devices on 22nd September.

While the veracity of the sources who revealed this information is shaky, the dates certainly tally with how Apple usually launches its iPhones. Tim Cook and co tend to hold events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, before making new products available the following Friday.

If this is the case, it’ll put it directly in competition with Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8.

There is one potential sticking point, though. If, as rumours suggest, there are three variants of 2017's iPhone, Apple could opt to stagger the phones' on-sale date.

This could help it to ensure it can keep up with demand and limit the usual phenomenon of a shortfall of supply and huge waiting lists for consumers keen to get their hands on a new iPhone.

In a bullish conference call after Apple’s quarterly sales were revealed, CEO Tim Cook refused to talk about the iPhone X. But in predicting huge sales and big profits for next month, it seems Apple is almost certain to reveal the iPhone X along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in September.

They may launch in limited numbers, but should land in enough quantities to give Apple the kind of financial boost it’s predicting.

Launch in September, out in October

There’s been much debate about when Apple will release the iPhone X.

While a launch date in September is almost nailed on, there’s a lack of clarity as to when the iPhone X will actually be available.

The most recent news from China says that Apple has solved the low yield rates on key components that were said to be holding back the device, with the company ramping up production in June with an eye to an October release date.

Or could it be November?

Analyst Ming Chi Kuo, known for getting his Apple predictions spot on, has claimed the iPhone X may not be available in large numbers until November.

The reason? Problems with OLED functionality, newly slimmed down circuit boards and 3D facial recognition tech.

While a heavily delayed release date is increasingly unlikely, constrained supply in the weeks and months after launch is almost certain, with demand set to outstrip supply.

Can't wait til then? The iPhone 7 is available now. Head to our dedicated page to compare deals.


How much will the iPhone X cost?

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In the past, the price of new iPhones has broadly similar from year to year.

That means you'd usually pay around £600 for the entry-level model, with higher-end editions priced in the region of £650-£750.

However, before you budget accordingly for the iPhone X, it's worth noting that rumours are circulating it could be priced much, much higher.

According to sources cited by Fast Company, it is 'very likely' that the iPhone X edition could cost a whopping $989 (£919).

Factor in a weak pound and it could mean the actual UK price is £1,000.

What does that mean for contract prices? Well, we'd anticipate that contracts with no upfront charge will likely start at around £70 per month.

If you don't mind paying a bit upfront, we think you're probably looking at £60 per month.

Tips for finding good iPhone X deals

Right now we've no concrete new about iPhone X deals. But we'll outline our pick of the best contracts when networks go live with pricing. That's usually a matter of days after the handset is unveiled.

As with previous blockbuster Apple phones, it'll pay you to shop around and compare contracts on our iPhone X deals comparison page. And if feel like you need a bit more advice, get in touch with our customer service team on Twitter.

We'll also be compiling our list of our pick of the best value iPhone X deals for our buyer's guide to help you decide.

iPhone X deals at launch

At launch, even the cheapest iPhone X deals will probably seem a little bit on the expensive side. That's par for the course with new smartphones.

But if you're clever you can at least make sure you're getting the most for your money by taking advantage of early-bird incentives, such as double-data offers and free use of TV streaming services.

In contrast to the likes of Samsung, you won't find iPhone X deals bundled with free gifts no matter how hard you look. So it's even more important to pay heed to those double-data and TV streaming sweeteners we mentioned.

Can't wait for the iPhone X? Compare offers for the iPhone 7 here.


iPhone X design rumours

The iPhone X is set to feature the most radical iPhone design for years, ditching key features that have been ever-present since the first model dropped ten years ago.

Here's everything we think we know...

All-screen front and entirely new design

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Benjamin Geskin, who’s also shown off an iPhone X dummy on YouTube, has designed a series of renders of Apple’s new phone, based on leaked blueprints.

If they’re even remotely close to the truth, this sleek, black handset with an all–screen front will be by far and away the sharpest phone around when it launches later this year.

More renders from Geskin, which are also based on blueprints, suggest the phone will be ultra-thin too.

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He reckons that the device will be just 4mm in depth, making it the thinnest smartphone on the market and a major step up from previous models.

Dummy model gives best look so far

A video purporting to show off an iPhone X dummy model has also given us further insight into what Apple’s next–generation smartphone will look like.

Shot by serial Apple leaker Benjamin Geskin, it shows a jet black device without a standard Touch ID button and with the same vertical camera as seen in a series of reports.

Obviously, being a dummy, it can’t be turned on, meaning we can only imagine how it’ll look with iOS 11 to keep things ticking.

All glass construction

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Apple is expected to deliver something extra-special for next year’s model to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and has reportedly settled on an all-glass design.

The all-glass enclosure is set to replace the aluminum casing used in the iPhone 7, giving the phone a more premium look, particularly if paired with an OLED, curved display.

Home area at bottom of screen

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Ditching the home button has given rise to plenty of chat about what Apple has planned for the so–called home area at the bottom of the device.

New renders, based on leaked code for Apple’s HomePod speaker, suggest that the area at the bottom of the phone will disappear when the device is in full screen mode, but will operate separately from the main screen when being used to browse the web or trawl through apps.

It looks set to be home to navigation keys, as well as information pertaining to whatever app is open at any given time. That means it could display call information or details from Siri, depending on how the iPhone X is being used.

And it's not dissimilar to MacBook Pro-style Touch Bar

Once again, this comes from analyst Ming Chi Kuo. He claims that the area below the iPhone's screen will be taken up by a function area. Think: the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro and you're on the right track.

On the MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar lets you adjust volume, play and rewind if you're in iTunes, say. But if you're in another app, the features it brings up are completely different.

In the Safari browser you get a list of bookmarks. If you're in Photos, you get served with handy editing tools.

The challenge for Apple will be how to incorporate this into a phone-sized screen that's much smaller than the MacBook Pro.

You swipe up to switch apps

Right now, iPhone owners have to double tap their device’s home button in order to bring up app switching.

But with the iPhone X, the ability to do so will need to come from the screen, with no physical home button on the device.

Developer Guilherme Rambo has dug deep into iOS 11 to find a video showing that this will be achieved by swiping up on the screen, something that currently displays control centre.

The latter will instead be accessed by swiping from left to right on the iPhone X.

Case leak firms up iPhone X design blueprint

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Case leaks are always a staple of the iPhone rumour mill. And this year’s no different.

The latest effort, appearing to show a case holding a dummy model of the iPhone X, reiterates recent claims that Apple is plotting a vertical, dual lens camera for its next–generation smartphone.

There’s no space for a rear–mounted fingerprint scanner, either, suggesting Apple has decided to build its Touch ID unit into the iPhone X's screen.

The setup of the case also indicates where the volume and mute buttons will be, showing that Apple will likely stick with the same tried and trusted configuration found in current iPhone models.

It'll feature a flat screen. Not a curved one

For months, it was thought that Apple would offer a curved screen with the iPhone X, mimicking the design of Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

However, several analyst leaks and renders based on Apple blueprints suggest the company will actually adopt a 2.5D display.

This essentially means the screen will be flat, with it bezels at the side curving downwards, just as they do on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s.

There's no physical home button. But there may be a virtual home button instead

iPhone 8 concept no home screen

Apple has long been expected to revolutionise the iconic iPhone design by getting rid of its traditional home button to be replaced by a touch-sensitive digital button embedded in the screen.

This comes as evidence mounts that rival company Samsung plans to make next year’s Galaxy S8 their first all-touchscreen device.

Rumour has it they will do away with its physical home button in favour of an optical fingerprint scanner that sits beneath the screen.

If the rumours are true, a virtual home button will give next year's iPhone a very diffent look, which should appeal to fans who have been underwhelmed by the improvements in Apple's last few handsets.

Blush gold model incoming

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Apple is said to only be offering three iPhone X colours. Two of those are silver and black, while the other looks set to be a ‘blush gold’ edition.

Sources on China’s Weibo have made the claims, which have been given added credence by serial leaker Benjamin Geskin.

Geskin says it’ll only be offered in 64GB and 128GB models, which seems unlikely as a 256GB model will also be available.

** And there's a mirrored one too**

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Little has been made about colour options for the iPhone X, with the assumption being that Apple would stick to its current range of jet black, black, gold, rose gold, silver and red.

However, information from serial leaker Benjamin Geskin suggests that Apple could be about to change things.

He says that the iPhone X will come in four, unspecified colours, including a mirrored version.

The latter would certainly mark a change from previous editions and give Apple a definite edge against Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and the upcoming Google Pixel 2.

iPhone X security rumours

How Apple plans to keep your personal data secure is a matter of some debate. But it seems like fingerprint security may well be on the way out, to be replaced by facial recognition tech.

Here's a selection of the rumours that have been swirling..

Touch ID will be around the back

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There’s been plenty of talk of Apple building its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into a special ‘function area’ at the bottom of the iPhone X’s screen.

But word of low yield rates has led some to speculate that the fingerprint scanner will actually appear on the back of the phone, most likely as part of the Apple logo.

Some leaked blueprints do show off such plans, although whether Apple will want to ape Samsung and LG and offer something a touch less revolutionary remains to be seen.

But maybe there's no Touch ID at all

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Apple is said to be having major issues getting its new Touch ID scanner to work. The reason? It sits beneath the iPhone X’s display.

The issue has become so acute, according to supply chain sources, that it may ditch the fingerprint scanning tech altogether.

That is surely doubtful. Touch ID is the cornerstone of Apple Pay and even if Apple offers facial recognition with the iPhone X, it won’t be as swift or easy to use as its existing offering.

Fingerprint scanner will be built into screen

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This rumour stems from a patent filed by Apple. The filing shows plans for an iPhone where the fingerprint scanner is embedded directly into the screen, rather than in the home button as it is now with TouchID.

Naturally, this gives one fewer reason for Apple to keep faith with physical home buttons. So adds ballast to rumours that an iPhone with an all-screen front isn't too far away.

Many rumours had suggested that Apple couldn’t get an in–screen fingerprint scanner to work, instead opting for button on the back of the phone, much like Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

That now seems unlikely, with a steady stream of reports suggesting Cupertino has cracked the problem of getting Touch ID behind the iPhone’s screen.

That means a ‘function area’ with scanning smarts is almost a certainty for the iPhone X.

Facial recognition tech seems nailed on

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There have been whispers of Apple adding an extra layer of security to next year's iPhone with a laser sensor that picks up hand movements and recognises users’ faces.

This could include a high-tech iris scanner, which was one of the key features of the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 earlier this year and would definitely be a real selling point for next year's iPhone.

Facial scanning will replace Touch ID

Developers believe that the HomePod software shows that Apple will not install Touch ID in the iPhone X.

Instead, there’ll be a reliance on Face Detect to unlock the phone and make purchases via Touch ID.

This will be able to distinguish between different expressions and use 3D and infrared smarts to provide rock solid security.

The software does seem to bear this out, although whether it gives the full picture remains to be seen.

Facial scanning will be called FaceDetect

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Leaks and rumours about the iPhone X have largely come from the company’s Asian supply chain.

But after releasing software for its HomePod speaker, Apple appears to have unwittingly let slip the motherlode of details about its unannounced smartphone.

Developers have found a series of interesting tidbits, confirming a number of previous rumours.

Chief among them is Face Detect, which according to code is the name for Apple’s facial recognition scanner.

This will be able to distinguish between different expressions and use 3D and infrared smarts to provide rock solid security.

LG is working on 3D Facial Recognition

Samsung Galaxy S8 facial recognition hero

It’s been widely accepted that Apple will offer 3D facial recognition with the iPhone X, a step up from the 2D effort found in Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

Recent supply-chain chatter suggests that Apple has struck a deal with LG to make the components, with the Korean company using a purpose built facility.

With LG already making the dual lens camera for the iPhone 7 Plus, this is a move that makes sense.

3D facial recognition to get wider app support

Rambo has also found a series of references to Apple’s new 3D facial scanning tech working with third party apps.

If it’s to be the new way to use Apple Pay, this makes sense, with users able to hand over cash within apps by simply looking into the front facing camera.

Opening the system up to developers creates options for some fascinating apps, with Apple potentially able to blend the security tech with its plans for augmented reality, via ARKit.

iPhone X camera rumours

Major improvements are afoot in this department, it seems. But how? And where? Read on for the answers...

It'll be a dual lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus

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After the success of the dual lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is rumoured to be including the technology on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple is also looking into adding more megapixels and better low light performance to make the camera a real selling point.

But there's more to it than that

Apple’s plans for the iPhone X’s camera look to extend beyond simply offering a vertical dual lens solution.

The same code that has offered a deep insight into what will make the iPhone X tick has shown off a new ‘SmartCam’ feature, which will be able to suss out scenes and tweak the camera’s settings accordingly.

This will make the iPhone X more akin to a top–end point-and-shoot snapper. There are modes for pets, babies, sunrise and sunset, snow and sport.

Expect advanced VR capabilities too

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Much has been made of Apple’s plans for a new ‘3D’ dual lens camera. But a series of new leaks suggest it could be a lot more than just a way of reeling off high quality snaps.

Apple is said to be changing the way the camera is set up, with the two lenses placed vertically.

The reason? When placed in a VR headset, they’ll work horizontally, offering an optimum experience.

That could mean Apple is priming its own VR headset for release later this year.

Expect a 3D laser

With ARkit and a dual lens camera, Apple is looking to take the iPhone X beyond its rivals. And autofocus on the latter and the accuracy of apps using the former are likely to be boosted by the inclusion of a rear–facing 3D laser.

Such tech would allow for better 3D mapping of faces and objects, meaning the iPhone X’s ability too detect depth of field will be vastly superior to handsets from rivals such as Samsung and Google.

The source behind this information does, however, say that any 3D laser could slip to 2018 to allow Apple the time it needs to perfect it.

The front-facing camera is billed as 'revolutionary'

Apple is forever dubbing its new kit ‘revolutionary’. But in the case of the iPhone X’s front–facing camera, it’s been given the title by analyst Ming Chi Kuo.

He claims to have word from Apple suppliers that the new camera will be able to recognise location and depth of objects, bringing skills found in the iPhone 7 Plus’s rear camera portrait mode.

Such tech would allow for much sharper selfies.

But beyond the boon for Instagram fiends, the camera looks as if it will have other killer features, including facial and eyeball recognition, making it central to Apple’s plans for improved iPhone 8 security.

Case designs confirm camera plans

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Leaked cases are always a good source of information on Apple’s plans. And the latest iPhone X covers to slip out appear to confirm that the handset will feature a vertical dual lens camera, with the cut-outs to prove it.

Why is this such a big deal? Well, vertical cameras are required in order for phones to work with VR headsets.

It all points to Apple priming its own headset, aimed at taking on Samsung’s Galaxy VR.

Front camera design revealed

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Renders have been giving iPhone X fanatics a good look at what to expect from Apple. And the most recent, from iDrop News, show off a device that conforms to type in all but one crucial detail: the front facing camera.

While previous mock–ups have suggested the camera and its accompanying sensors would be behind the iPhone X’s screen, these images suggest they will stand alone, with the display cut around them.

It looks somewhat clunky, but does allow for the display to cover the entire front of the phone.

iPhone X battery and charging rumours

Bad battery life is the bete noire of smartphone users' lives. Here's how Apple is reputed to be putting it right this time around...

New component will boost battery life

We’ve heard this one plenty of times before. But Apple may have found a new way to boost battery life without making the power pack inside the iPhone X bigger.

It’s said to be bringing the manufacturing of battery management chips in–house.

That would allow it to have greater control over how apps and services suck up power, keeping its handset running for longer.

Apparently two new designs are being created, with 80 employees said to be working on the component.

The battery is bigger too

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Rumours suggest that Apple is working on what's called a 'stacked' logic board to make more room inside the iPhone X.

The extra capacity is intended for a larger battery, which would help address complaints about the longevity of the most recent iPhones.

There's a USB port for faster charging

USB-C

Apple has always been resistant to using standard charging ports with its iPhone and iPad.

However, a report from the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources close to Apple, claims that the iPhone x and its flatscreen iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus stablemates, could come with a USB–C charging port.

This would mark a real step change for Apple, but would be welcome for those upgrading from Android.

However, a separate report from analyst Ming Chi Kuo suggests Apple will retain the Lightning connector for the iPhone X, but utilise USB–C power delivery to ensure fast charging.

The latter seems a lot more likely.

You'll be able to charge it wirelessly

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Update 6th March JP Morgan analyst, Harlan Sur, claims that Apple has struck a deal with chip maker Broadcom to offer wireless charging with the iPhone X. Sur says the pair have been working together for two years, saying that Apple’s decision to use an all–glass design for the new device is directly related to it being able to charge wirelessly. Sur does not say, however, whether this will involved charging over–the–air or via a charging plate. The latter would not represent a major leap from existing tech.

Rumours of wireless charging now seem all but confirmed, after Energous, a company that makes the technology, revealed that it has received a $10 million investment from Apple.

Wireless charging plates have been boosting the batteries of select Android devices for a while now.

But the tech developed by Energous uses a special chip within the phone and a separate base station, allowing users to charge their phone from as much as 15 feet away.

So, if you were in a room or building that had enough base stations, your iPhone X could be constantly charging without you having to plug it in.

But only if you get the top-end model

The way some sites tell it, wireless charging will a feature of all versions of the iPhone X, irrespective of price.

But it seems that, while we'd all like that to be the case, it may not happen that way.

According to Macotakara, wireless charging will, in fact, be reserved solely for the costly highest-end edition. Worse still, it seems you may have to buy a separate adaptor too.

Wireless charging unit sold separately

iPhone 8 wireless charging concept

It’s now widely accepted that Apple will offer wireless charging with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

However, Apple-watcher John Gruber reckons that the dedicated charging dock required to power the smartphone without plugging it in will not come in the box.

iPhone X storage rumours

With apps and movies taking up more and more space on our phones, storage really is at a premium.

How much room will iPhone X give you to play with, though? Here's the word from the rumour mill.

There's no 32GB model

Jankowski’s research notes suggest that Apple will bin the 32GB iPhone altogether. at least for the iPhone X.

Instead, with the focus on ever larger apps and off lining movies from Amazon and Netflix, there will only be 128GB and 256GB models.

This makes sense for those who download lots, not so much for those hoping to get in on the act without paying a king’s ransom for a new phone.

But there will be 64GB and 256GB options

Chinese social media is constantly buzzing with iPhone X gossip. And one interesting rumour centres on Apple’s plans for storage space in its new handset.

Chinese analyst Trendforce reckons that Apple will offer 64GB and 256GB options for its new top–end phone.

There’s no word of a 128GB model, which would be a strange omission considering Apple already offers that size for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

iPhone X screen rumours

We pretty much know that the iPhone X's display will come in at 5.8 inches. But what else do we know about it?

Here's some of the speculation...

It'll be ultra-bright

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Apple recently spent $4 billion (£3.2 billion) on ultra-bright OLED screens, adding considerable weight to the expectation that the iPhone X will feature an OLED display.

Although the Apple Watch already has an OLED screen, this year’s iPhone 7 was released with an older LCD display.

That put it behind rival company Samsung, which has been using brighter OLED panels on its phones for some time now.

The larger 5.7-inch iPhone X will have a screen similar to the ultra-bright OLED display used on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, while rumour has it that the 2 smaller iPhones will feature the less impressive LCD panel.

This is yet another feature to make the largest handset a more premium option.

Tap–to–wake

Apple looks set to take a feature from Microsoft’s Lumia phones and offer a new, tap–to–wake approach.

The iPhone X is not expected to have a physical home button, so this would allow users to prod anywhere on the device’s screen to see notifications and the time, before unlocking and delving deeper.

3DTouch has been improved

iOS 9.3 3D Touch shortcuts

Word from analyst Ming Chi Kuo is that the iPhone X will feature a more sensitive touchscreen panel and a more fully featured, more complex version of 3D Touch.

In case you've not used an iPhone 6s or iPhone 7, 3DTouch is pressure-sensitive tech that means you can interact with your handset in different ways.

It allows you to hold your finger on the screen and bring up features such as Pop and Peek, which gives you a preview of an email so you can see if you need to respond urgently or whether it can wait.

The version of 3DTouch on the iPhone X will apparently go one better by registering varying pressure levels. That ought to mean even more ways to interact with your phone.

iPhone X rumoured features

You know what's going on with the screen, storage and design. Here we round-up everything else..

It's fully dust and waterproof

iPhone 7 jug of water

It's rumoured that Apple's latest device will be able to withstand longer and more sustained periods of water exposure than previous iPhones, bringing it in-line with the durability offered on the Samsung Galaxy S7 range.

This could see the iPhone X able to handle being dropped in as much one and a half metres of water for up to half an hour.

No headphone port, but AirPods come free in the box

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Could Apple be about to sweeten the iPhone X deal by bundling its £159 AirPods with its newest smartphone? That’s what JP Morgan analysts reckon.

The headphones are designed to work wirelessly with the iPhone. And considering the iPhone X won’t have a normal headphone slot, like its predecessor, such a move makes sense.

After all, a dongle or Apple’s own wired headphones will hardly scream premium to iPhone 8 owners. However, such a move seems unlikely in the extreme.

As does a headphone adapter

iPhone 7 lightning adaptor

Concerns had been raised that Apple would not include a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adaptor with the iPhone X, meaning that owners would be forced to buy their own wireless earbuds or Lightning connector.

However, a Barclays analyst has suggested this won’t be the case, with Apple including the same adaptor found in the box with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Sources have claimed that come 2018, Apple will stop offering this accessory for free.

Apple ditched the traditional 3.5mm headphone slot on last year's iPhone 7 and plans to do the same on this year's model.

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