In the autumn conference in September this year, Apple once again brought us a new iPhone. But unlike in the past, at this year's conference, Apple not only brought us updates on the regular iPhone 8/8 Plus phones, but also celebrated the tenth anniversary of the release of iPhone, Phone & mdash; & mdash; iPhone X.
From the first iPhone launch, to this year's iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple has been on the road for ten years. In the past decade, Apple has experienced "frenzy craze" from "iPhone 1" to "iPhone 4"; from "Dual-Tactics" on iPhone 6 to "representing the future" on iPhone X, "iPhone" In the industry has become a pivotal product. Although each of these iPhones had a significant price in these two five-year phases, it did not make it to the world's top five "sales" list each year.
The emergence of iPhone X does not mean that Apple is in the design, hardware and software manufacturing reached the end. In contrast, the advent of new hardware such as Shapes, new system operation logic, and Face ID added several more to Apple's To Do List. In other words, iPhone X represents Apple's higher attainments in mobile phone manufacturing, while carrying the "experimental field" mission of the future Apple mobile phone.
(Apple Design Director Jony Ive, Photo Source: New Yorker)
Recently, Apple Design Director Jony Ive has been receiving foreign mediaWallpaper interviewWhen it was said, "Apple will need to improve the iPhone X experience through software in the future, and hardware is just a software carrier, nothing more." & rdquo ;. The implication of Jony Ive is that the hardware of iPhone X is just a carrier of software. In the short term, Apple will pay more attention to the development of software and fix the unpleasantness of users in use.
So, in the "post-iPhone X" era, what will happen to the future of Apple's mobile phone?
I wonder if you have not found such an interesting phenomenon, from the Steve Jobs era, Apple has been walking "I introduce what, you have to adapt to what" product philosophy. From the iPhone 7, which downloads software through the App Store only to the cancellation of the headphone jack, Apple has always introduced the product "fairly".
Although behind these headstrong are consumer complaints, it did not affect every iPhone sales, but consumers to adapt to these products. It still sells well whether you agree or disagree with Apple, a phenomenon that has been fascinating to date.
(IPhone SE returns as a small screen production of Apple, got a good response.) Source:digitaltrends)
From an analyst at KGI Securities recentlyGuo Ming Chi revealed the newsShows that next September iPhone is not yet exactly named, it should be called "iPhone 8S" or "iPhone 9" is still unknown, but the use of the screen in the hardware such as Apple will have a new attempt to be released next year, more than one New iPhone.
In other words, after the iPhone X technology validation, Apple will be more confident to bring several new phones. Of course, these messages exposed by Guo Mingchi are only for reference. The authenticity still needs to be confirmed. However, for the future development of the iPhone, we may wish to objective analysis by several functional points.
Face ID is a key focus on the iPhone X that brings us new operating logic in addition to bringing us new authentication methods. According to recent exposure news, Apple will be the futureHomePod,iPad ProAdd this feature.
However, from the point of view of the experience, there are still many areas for improvement in the current Face ID. For example, the number of facial recognition can be entered, the sensitivity of the details of similar face features, which devices will be applied in the future, as well as the Touch ID replacement face recognition efficiency, etc., these are the current user feedback Face ID need to be improved "Top priority". If Apple is going to focus on this technology in the next 1 to 3 years, then the most important solution should be those not negligible details that users have fed back.
(Biography New iPad Pro will be equipped with Face ID features, Photo Source:Benjamin Geskin)
Fingerprint identification under the screen
The emergence of Face ID let us recognize a new way to unlock the phone, but it also allows us to give up Touch ID fingerprinting, Face ID + Touch ID double identification program for a time became everyone on the future iPhone Development of the desire, but this is apparently contradictory for the high screen share of the iPhone X. So, Apple really can not get the best of both worlds in the future? From the current exposure of the Internet to see the news, this is not necessarily.
(The next single iPhone to achieve screen fingerprinting is not uncommon, Figure Source:IDB)
Before the launch of Face ID, under the screen fingerprinting program is to guess that Apple will be the best solution to replace the Touch ID + Home key on the iPhone X this year, but out of the reasons for the development and patent, so no fingerprinting identification screen Meet us. However, fromForeign media speculation IDBLook, in May this year, September Apple applied for and passed the US Patent and Trademark Office numberNO.9,652,096,No. 9,772,721withNo. 9,652,066Three patents.
(Apple's patent application for "Borderless" screens, map sources,IDB)
The first patentNO.9,652,096 Is Apple's "no border" screen patent applications. And then the two patents show that Apple will detect the user's finger pressure through the ultrasonic pulse sensor to obtain the pressure and ultrasonic signal of the user's finger through the ultrasonic components, and this ultrasonic sensor can be applied to the surface or below the screen, so this The sensor will probably be stacked below the 3D Touch panel. It seems that this year's iPhone, although no chance of fingerprinting under the screen, but with dual authentication mode iPhone in the future is not impossible.
Dual 3D sensor
Apple has been working on the AR (Real-World Enhancement) field since 2017. In addition to showing the smooth experience of AR functionality in the iOS Pro at the iPad Pro earlier this year, Apple's iPhone X was also launched for the first time in September The 3D sensing system "TrueDepth" gives users two Faces and Animoji star features.
(Animoji based on "TrueDepth" sensor, photo: Apple)
according toBloombergThe report released on November 14 said that Apple is working on a new 3D sensor for the 2019 iPhone in order to enhance the Apple ARKit application for a better experience on new phones and to improve AR technology (augmented reality) The application of technology. Currently, iPhone X is equipped with front-mounted 3D sensors on the development of the field of Apple's AR is very limited, so now Apple will be added in the future iPhone rear 3D sensor, and the use of the technology program will be "Time of flight "instead of" TrueDepth "used in the front.
(IPhone X rear camera, Picture Source: Apple)
The so-called "Time of flight", the principle is the use of launchers to launch a specific infrared light, the case of reflection, the sensor by calculating the reflection distance, time to calculate the distance between the object and the phone to get the image depth information, compared to the previous Set the "TrueDepth" infrared ranging program has some differences. However, at present, Apple has not yet finalized the manufacturer of such sensors, the related technical testing is still in its infancy, so with a dual 3D sensor iPhone may be able to meet with us two years later.
Apple this year, the iPhone 8 series, iPhone X is equipped with an A11 processor, this processor in addition to performance improvements, but also for both AR and security performance upgrades. according toMacrumors reports, Apple plans to adopt the A11X processor on the new iPad Pro released in the first or second quarter of next year. This processor is not eight-core design, using three Monsoon nuclear +5 Mistral small core architecture, and also equipped with M11 coprocessor. Analysis pointed out that as TSMC achieved significant results in the 7nm process processor,And mass production in 2018. Therefore, as a supplier that Apple has been cooperating all along, TSMC will be mainly responsible for the production of A11X processor.
(IPhone X, Picture Source: Apple)
Meanwhile, Macrumors analyzed that with the blessing of the A11X chipset, the 2018 iPad Pro will be equipped with a Face ID facial recognition function based on the "TrueDepth" sensor scheme and the LCD screen will not be used on the iPad due to the use of the OLED on the iPhone X. Equipment application.
(Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president of hardware technology, photo source: Apple)
In conjunction with Johny Srouji, senior vice president of hardware technology at AppleCalcalistMentioned in the interview, "Apple is actively developing and processing chip and 3D sensing core technology, the next three years the production plan has been planned for 2020. & rdquo ;. The future of the Apple processor will be how strong, what Apple will surprise AR features, we can wait and see.
6. 1-inch high screen accounted for iPhone + larger iPhone X
This year, Apple has brought us a different kind of design of the iPhone X, the top of the "bangs" became iPhone X business cards. And can make the iPhone X has such a unique shape, which is indispensable OLED "shaped screen" credit. However, according to KGI analystGuo Ming Chi in the November 13 exposure of the newsLook, next year, Apple will bring an iPhone X Plus larger than the iPhone X screen, up to 6.5 inches. In the meantime, the consistent shape of the iPhone series will be replaced by a "bangs" style similar to the iPhone X. Uniform cancellations of the Home key and Touch ID will be replaced with Face IDs, resulting in a new screen configuration for the 6.1-inch LCD screen.
(Guo Mingchi exposure 2018 three new iPhone, photo source: KGI)
(IPhone X, iPhone X Plus Concept Rendering, Source: iDropNews)
IPhone X Plus as iPhone X increased version, design and hardware configuration with the current iPhone X, but the screen size expanded to 6.5 inches, the screen still use OLED; 6.1-inch new iPhone will make up 5.8 inches to 6.5 The gap between inches, a design off the past iPhone 6 began to mellow the design of the iPhone 8 will be used with the iPhone X approximation. At the same time, the screen frame part will be made of narrow border processing, and used in this phone is the LCD screen.
Wireless fast charge
This fall's conference in autumn, in addition to Face ID, "shaped screen" in front of several features, the addition of wireless fast charge also make iPhone 8 series, iPhone X is different from the previous iPhone. Recently, Apple pushed iOS 11.2 Beta 3 firmware updates to developers throughMacrumors report shows, Beta firmware now supports wireless fast charge. Apple's official website from the point of view, Apple certified Belkin and Mophie wireless charging board has been charged up to 7.5W output, in line with the current Qi chargers fast charge efficiency.
(IPhone 8 / 8Plus / X are supported Qi Qi wireless fast charge, Picture Source: Apple)
But it should be noted that, according to the countryCharging head networkOn the iPhone 8 wireless fast charge test to see, after the upgrade iOS 11.2 Beta3 using the iPhone 8 can indeed achieve 7.5W fast charge, but the fast charge stage can only maintain 10 minutes, but also accompanied by up to 61 ℃ fever . Overall, although the test results are not perfect, but Apple finally cashed in the conference promises, took the first step from nothing to nothing. Believe in the future In the "wireless fast charge" Apple in this regard will continue to update the reliability and security through the software, after all, the hardware foundation is there, and now the rest of the software.
This year, Apple brought us a product that not only commemorated the tenth anniversary of the release of the iPhone, but also a meaningful high-tech product. The iPhone X is the most "top" in terms of design, configuration and even price. Admittedly, this time, Apple does bring a product that represents Apple's higher machine performance, but from the point of view of consumers, this product is still not perfect at present because this is a product that has never been Over products, hardware and software in the details of the imperfect but prohibitive.
As Jony Ive said in an interview with Wallpaper, "X" in iPhone X represents the end of an era, like a chapter. & rdquo ;. Seen in this light, the post-iPhone X era is the beginning of another chapter. In this chapter, there are some improvements in Face ID. For the development of AR technology, the development of larger and higher-screen iPhone and many more. So it seems that waiting for Apple to handle things seems to be more than it.