The iPhone X, Apple’s latest and most expensive smartphone, is finally set to go on sale on November 3rd.
Various rumours over the last few months have pointed to the fact that the iPhone X’s manufacturing process just wasn’t ready for mass production, partially due to supply shortages. However, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering Dan Riccio says otherwise.
In an interview with Mashable, Riccio explained that Apple actually considered a 2018 launch for the iPhone X, though the company was able to get the handset out earlier.
As Riccio described it, Apple had a “line of sight” for a 2018 iPhone X launch, “but with a lot of hard work, talent, grit, and determination we were able to deliver them this year,” he told Mashable in the interview.
“In a rare, albeit brief, moment of stunning transparency, Riccio revealed that the compressed timeline left little room to consider functional alternatives. Such changes are part of Apple’s iPhone lore,” according to the Mashable interview.
In the interview Riccio admitted that Apple didn’t even consider placing the fingerprint sensor at the back or on the side of the smartphone. Instead, the company went “all in” with Face ID, the company’s new proprietary facial recognition technology.
The iPhone X costs $1319 CAD and features a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1125 x 2436 pixel resolution, with a 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Its powered by Apple’s A11 bionic chipset with 3GB of RAM and a 2716mAh battery.