The latest pieces of the puzzle that has been confirmed by the iOS 11 Gold Master (GM) leak are the names of the three smartphones that will be announced on Tuesday: iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (confirming previous rumors). As you might expect, iPhone X is what we have all been referring to as the iPhone 8 for the past year. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are what have been previously referred to as the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
This bit of name sleuthing was done iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith deep within the iOS 11 GM code:
iPhone 8— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) September 9, 2017
iPhone 8 Plus
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If that wasn't enough, Troughton-Smith also revealed how the display "ears" that wrap around the central, top-mounted sensor pod will function. In a break from usual iPhone tradition, the clock will now reside on the left ear, while cellular signal strength, Wi-Fi status and the battery indicator will reside in the left ear. There are also green and red time indicators that can reside on the left side of the sensor pod to indicate time elapsed during a call and during a video recording respectively:
iOS 11 GM has also spilled the beans on other iPhone X features, which we discussed earlier today, including Face ID facial recognition, True Tone technology for the OLED display (first seen on the iPad Pro), and the ability to use Animojis (animated emojis) that can mimic your facial expressions using the front-facing infrared camera.
The iPhone X is expected to feature a 5.8-inch OLED display that is manufactured by Samsung and will completely do away with a physical home button in favor or a virtual replacement. Touch ID has also reportedly been axed completely in favor or the aforementioned Face ID biometric system. The device will be powered by a new Apple A11 Fusion processor and will include inductive charging via the Qi wireless standard.
If all of the previous reports are correct, Apple's iPhone X will be priced from $1,000 when it launches. However, a recent analyst note suggests that Apple might include a free year of Apple Music and 200GB of iCloud storage to help soften the blow to consumers' wallets.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are also expected to feature the A11 Fusion processor, inductive charging support and glass back panels. They will, however, reportedly retain the displays of their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus predecessors.