Ireland’s next iPhone will be released by the end of 2022, the company’s chief executive has said.
iPhone, the flagship smartphone of Apple Inc., has a camera sensor on the front of the device, a larger battery, a headphone jack, a speaker and more storage than the iPhone 7.
It is expected to be the first iPhone since the iPhone 5S to come with a fingerprint scanner and be able to unlock the device using the iPhone’s software.
However, despite the big change in Apple’s focus, the firm is still unlikely to release the device in 2022.
Speaking at a conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Mr Piqué said Apple would be releasing the phone in 2021, and that the firm was still working on the design and engineering of the iPhone X. The device will be called the iPhone 8 and the price will be around €300,000.
“The design is being worked on, we have a lot of the elements to the design, but it’s still a work in progress,” he said.
“So we are working on that design.
The iPhone 8 will come in 2019 and the iPhone 9 will come around 2020.”
Mr Piqués said Apple had been working on an iPhone X design for the past two years, and he would release a video presentation about the device on Wednesday.
“There will be an iPhone 8, there will be a 9, there’s going to be a 10, and we’re really excited about it,” he added.
Mr Pique said he had been talking to a number of design firms about the iPhone design.
Apple has a history of taking its products off the market and bringing them back on, and it is not unusual for it to make a big change to its products, he said, adding that it did not think its iPhone 8 design would be any different.
“It’s really hard to predict what Apple will do,” he told CNBC.
‘Apple’s vision is a lot more expansive’The company is not expected to make any major changes to the iPhone over the next two years.
It will continue to develop and improve the iPhone in line with the Apple Watch and other new products.
“The iPhone will continue with Apple’s vision of how we do things, but the design of the phone will change,” Mr Pique added.
Apple declined to comment on the rumours of a 2020 release date. “
We’re really, really excited to show this, and our vision is that this will be the best iPhone in a very long time.”
Apple declined to comment on the rumours of a 2020 release date.
In 2016, Apple was criticised for a new line of iPhone earphones that were not waterproof and were also not waterproof.
Apple has already said it is planning to launch the iPhone again in 2019, but not with the same model number.
A spokesman for the company did not respond to a request for comment.