Apple iPhone X: all the rumors that didn't come true

So the iPhone X finally got unveiled last night, after months of waiting from fans — and, uh, there were literally no surprises? Apple, the company which for many years used the element of surprise as a key marketing tactic, somehow managed to have the entirety of the device revealed prematurely, thanks to two major leaks coming straight from its own software.

Guess those anti-leak measures didn't do much, huh?

But both of those leaks were the culmination of a year-long race for everyone even remotely connected to Apple to try and divulge the secrets of its latest flagship. And as is always the case, there were quite a few duds nested alongside the real rumors: some were fairly trivial, while others were so terrible we're glad they never came to fruition.

So let's play a fun little game: we'll take a look at most of the notable false rumors, and — of course — rate them.

Under-glass fingerprint scanner

Yes, of course we'll start with the big one first. 2017 was said to be the year we finally get an under-display fingerprint scanner: both the iPhone X and Note 8 were supposed to have the feature, but neither Apple nor Samsung managed to get the technology working as good as it should. So the X went with the next best thing, which was apparently removing Touch ID altogether and replacing it with an unproved technology.

But that doesn't necessarily mean we won't be getting the feature at all in the future: Qualcomm and Vivo have already shown a working prototype, though the demo reportedly suffered from speed issues. Still, this gives us hope the idea may eventually come true — though knowing Apple, it might just choose to double down on the removal of the fingerprint scanner in future handsets.

Rating: 9/10

Wrap-around screen

This one is from all the way back last year: the iPhone X would supposedly have a revolutionary new curved display that would wrap around all four sides of the device. Or in other words, it would look like a nightmarish Galaxy S8 reimagining with all the bezels removed.

We imagine such a design would present a number of issues, with the most obvious ones being fragility and usability. But just like with the under-glass fingerprint sensor, the idea may just live on in a Chinese handset: Meizu may or may not be launching a phone with a curved screen and no bezels soon.

Rating: 4/10

That one other design

But the above isn't the only design that was thrown around prior to the announcement. There was another alleged iPhone X design sporting a tall display with no cutout, and a rear-facing Touch ID.


It's not that fingerprint scanners on the back are a bad thing, though — many good handsets like the Pixel or LG's flagships use them. It's just that the design showed in all the photos was just horrific, with the Touch ID positioned below the Apple logo, near the center of the device. This would be a bad decision both in terms of usability and aesthetics, which is why we're glad it didn't make it.

Here's a fun factoid, though: at one point, Apple was rumored to have at least 10 different design prototypes — so this has a fair chance of having been considered as an option at some point in development.

Rating: 0/10
Terribleness: off the charts

Magic wireless charging

At one point, the iPhone X was rumored to have a unique new way of charging wirelessly: rather than put the device onto a charging mat, all it needed was to be within a 15 feet radius of a special transmitter.

And if this sounds useful and great, that's because it is: current wireless charging solutions are fast and easy to use, but don't allow for a user to pick up the phone without breaking the connection — a somewhat significant inconvenience.

Energous, who developed the technology, claimed it was working with "one of the top five consumer electronics companies" back in 2015, so unless this comapny was Apple and said plans fell through, there may be a chance of us seeing it make its way to the market.

Rating: 8/10

Apple Pencil support

The iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 certainly travel in the same circles: price-wise, that is. So it's pretty weird how Apple chose not to poach one of the Note's key ideas for another year in a row, despite vocal user support of the idea — and a juicy leak supporting the possibility.

Namely, the Apple Pencil can still be used with iPad Pro models only. But coming from Apple, the move is understandable: the Pencil is taller than the iPhone X, and would not look good used on an iPhone — and aesthetics are one of the company's major concerns. Still, this will surely be a disappointment to all the art enthusiasts out there.

Rating: 6.5/10

But those scores are just our opinion — for example, do you feel that, for whatever weird reason, the design with the rear Touch ID would have been a good idea? Or that fingerprint scanners should die, rather than migrate to under devices' displays? Whatever the answer, feel free to drop a comment below.

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Gotta save some for next year. Like pencil support. That's the one I kinda wanted. Oh well.

3. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Another rumour was a 512gb variant...

11. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Pencil support is kinda useless if the Pencil is not embedded, and huge as a hot-dog You guys still don't know that Samsung posses the wacom-SPen non-battery technology. If some OEM want to make(and they sure do) a Note-like device, they have to pay huge to Samsung(and they sure don't want)

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

No they don't. Apple already has got a stylus and it's called Apple pencil and it works like a charm on the iPad. BTW Samsung has already started to copy that too. Samsung has been doing s-pen thing for years now but still hasn't got even close to the precision and accuracy of the Apple pencil. All the can do is bend the AMOLED screens in to various degrees and make different looking devices year by year. That's all they know. No one needs or cares about a non-battery stylus as long as it holds the battery life for a month and works so well, which Apple pencil does so well. Biggest feature let down were the screen-in-buit finger print scanner and the real contact less wireless charging. I'm pretty sure Apple will integrate those technologies in to their next iPhone once they get mature enough.

23. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

This guy is now on high weed right now. He says that apple pencil works flawlessly than Samsung's S-Pen. Lol. 4096 pressure sensitivity isn't enough for a pen (period)?? Again he says that : No one needs or cares about a non-battery stylus as long as it holds the battery life for a month and works so well, which Apple pencil does so well. Again a LOL. Actually everyone cares about battery life, there is very big difference between a thing working in a similar fashion with battery as that of same thing working with non battery. I really feel bad about iSheeps which are really too occupied in iWorld.

28. crzykiller

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Bruh the apple pencil has 12 hours of battery life, not months. Also the apple pencil is not more pressure sensitive than the S-pen. The precision of the Pencil has nothing to do with the Pencil but the digitizer in the screen. Where the digitizer is running at 120hz in the iPad, every other device is running at 60 so of course it's gonna be more accurate. The pencil is not better in any way. You seriously have no clue what you're talking about

40. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1372; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

"No one needs or cares about a non-battery stylus as long as it holds the battery life for a month and works so well, which Apple pencil does so well" Yes until Apple implements it. Just like no one cared about Amoled displays Until Now No one cared about Bezle-less until now No one cared about specs until now no one cared about wireless charging until now No one cared about fast charging until now. Etc... Stop the hypocrisy and admit that Apple has now drawn on par with the other OEMs in terms of hard features. Apple did a good job but you don't need to knock the other oems who have had these things for years. Tribalism at its best

22. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

But who needs a pencil and a big phone (yikes)... kaloyan i think you should have allowed Bankz to write this article.btw where is he? he already lining outside the "town square" aka apple store for the 3rd November launch?

2. aegislash

Posts: 1535; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Bankz...It's like an entire article was written about your Apple Insider rumor list.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's hilarious. Hope he learned a lesson from this; never guarantee s**t... especially with Apple in mind.

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He said he was an Apple "Insider" and he talks like he is 300% sure of what he is saying.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Shut up you fool, when did I ever say that the iphone will support the apple pencil, a wrap around screen or long distance wireless charging. The only thing I said was that the IPX will have an underscreen fps when was originally intended to be there. a failed desperate attempt to be funny.

15. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Triggered much?

30. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No mercy for you, lol

20. AxelFoley unregistered

You did say "true wireless charging". Not mentioned: You also said it would have the highest screen to body ratio of any phone.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey Bankz! I want the iPhone X.B.E. (Bankz Edition). The one with inscreen FPS, IP68, and 512 gigs of storage. Insert foot in mouth please LMAOOOOOOO.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO What was it he said, something like the iPhone would 100% have under the screen FPS

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, his exact words.

38. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Don't forget the "true wireless" long range charging on that beast

31. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO how that under the screen FPS going to work, lol

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Hahaha that's the first thing that came to mind reading this article lol

26. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

That would imply that you have a mind, clueless one.

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha keep trying butthurt flashy boy

29. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Well if you would just get a clue, maybe I wouldn't have to keep trying.

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Men admit it, you like making that lame joke since its your best material to date

37. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

*Man Not even close to my best. It's just far more convenient for me. Not my fault if you're clueless to the truth.

39. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha typed meh, but auto-correct. And it is convenient for you to claim this isn't close to your best if I never saw anything better. But it's okay, you make me laugh with each attempt so keep it up

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He quiet as heck now. I heard he preordered the Note 8.

36. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Why would I when a better phone is on the horizon, the Pixel 2?

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No pro motion feature for that extra silky smooth experience :(

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