How the rumor mill made out with the iPhone X; KGI's Kuo had the best leak of the year in February

If you felt a little blah about the 2017 Apple iPhone line up after today's event, perhaps this was due to the lack of any major surprises. The rumor mill, especially over the last 6 weeks, leaked some pretty good information about what Apple would announce today. And as we moved into September, we finally learned that the 10th anniversary model would be called the Apple iPhone X (pronounced "Ten"). The Apple iPhone 8, which was what the media called the premium OLED equipped model for much of the year, ended up as the name of the iPhone 7 sequel.  And that left the Apple iPhone 8 Plus as the sequel to the iPhone 7 Plus.

One of the biggest leaks of the past year came in February when KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo called the front-facing camera on the tenth anniversary model "revolutionary." With this leak, Kuo had the screen size of the iPhone X (5.8-inches) and stated that the phone would use face recognition to unlock the device, using the front-facing camera. Kuo also correctly called for all of the 2017 iPhone models to top out at 256GB. And folks, that was almost seven months ago.

Other features of the iPhone X that were leaked early include the vertically mounted dual camera setup, which was part of a crude sketch allegedly made by a factory worker. In retrospect, it was a pretty good drawing!

Benjamin Geskin earns a nod for his renders of the Apple iPhone X, and back in June we showed you images of the premium handset that included the infamous notch and the ears to the left and right of it. Perhaps the strangest leak was disseminated a month ago when McDonald's used the iPhone X screen in a Twitter promotion.

And don't forget that the rumors of a stand alone Series 3 Apple Watch also came to fruition. The timepiece has its own LTE radio and does not need to pair to an iPhone in order to connect to the internet.

Overall, we'd say that the rumor mill did a good job this year. Now, it's on to the iPhone 11.

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16 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Who needs rumors when you have the best Apple insider(Bankz) telling us 7 months ago what features the iPhone X will be equipped with. I honestly found it quite odd that they forgot to talk about the fps placed underneath the screen during the keynote.

2. Sakeem

Posts: 859; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Lolololol

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

They ran out of time because they needed to make chicken sounds at the phone. It was totally planned though. Totally.

14. aegislash

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Ahahaha, I noticed he has been posting less and less since rumors that conflicted with his Apple Insider info started appearing. Probably still embarrassed by the 'iPhone 8 will have true distance charging' or 'iPhone 8 will have an embedded fps' b/s he spewed daily.

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

maherk posted on yesterday, 15:53 Who needs rumors when you have the best Apple insider(Bankz) telling us 7 months ago what features the iPhone X will be equipped with. I honestly found it quite odd that they forgot to talk about the fps placed underneath the screen during the keynote. You just forgot to mention other insiders of Apple like cnour, apple-rulz, piyath.

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Apple stock drop right after the event lol

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That happens literally every year. Once the new ones are announced, the market adjusts for the window that less people will be buying iPhones due to waiting for the new releases. Common sense goes to show that Apple's sales numbers decrease in anticipation for the next model.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 2122; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The rumor mill did an excellent job, not many surprises to the event.

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

3 gens of Iphone and still not compatible with apple pencil? why?!

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I am now at the conclusion that this was a decent to weak launch on Apple's part. I don't feel motivated to buy a 256GB model for $1149 as a 512GB should cost that much

11. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Well the sheeple will buy it anyway.

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1822; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

At least they are starting out at 64gb of storage... But then there's no 128gb... Why???

10. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

They're using the same tactic that they used on the iPhone 6-6s.

12. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1822; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I suppose...

13. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The rumor mill was pretty much spot on.

15. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

For the first time nothing, not even the official name of the iPhone was an incorrect assumption. I'm only surprised Tim cook didn't make a sarcastic sneer at the rumor mills.

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