According to Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio and other Apple executives, iPhone X was originally supposed to come out in 2018, but the Cupertino company was able to “deliver them this year.”

In an interview with Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff earlier this week, Riccio revealed that they had been considering a 2018 launch for iPhone X.

“It is one of those projects at Apple where you set up to do something that, at outset, you think, there’s no way we’re going to pull this off,” said Apple’s Craig Federighi. “We all knew where we were going,” he said, “but there were a dozen things we knew we had to solve, and any one of them could have failed to come together.”

An excerpt from the article:

“As Riccio described it, Apple had “the line of sight” for a 2018 iPhone X launch, “but with a lot of hard work, talent, grit and determination we were able to deliver them this year,” he told Mashable.

“That choice, one that in hindsight seems a little odd considering how the very existence of a better iPhone may have impacted iPhone 8’s fortunes, apparently put additional pressure on the teams.

“In a rare, albeit brief, moment of stunning transparency, Riccio revealed that the compressed timeline left little room to consider functional alternatives. Such changes are part of Apple’s iPhone lore.”

Mashable also sat down with Apple’s marketing honcho Phill Schiller, software engineering chief Craig Federighi user interface design head Alan Dye to talk how Apple built its most important phone in years.

The executives revealed that Apple spent “no time” looking at putting a fingerprint sensor on the back or through the glass or on the side of the phone.

“As far as last-minute design changes? Actually, we didn’t have time for it,” said Riccio. “Quite frankly, this program was on such a fast track to be offered and enabled this year. We had to lock the design very, very early.

According to Riccio, they actually locked the iPhone X design almost a year ago, back in November 2016. In other words, all the reports and silly rumors about how Apple was “scrambling” to make last-minute changes to the device this summer were plain inaccurate.

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  • TechnoBuff

    I was not expecting Apple to say otherwise.. No company makes a statement that undermines its performance or level of unpreparedness. So we will never know the truth and it is not relevant. What matters most is how everyday users accept the changes after the hype.

    • Jamessmooth

      Agreed. I have nothing to back it up, but I believe Apple was indeed “scrambling” this summer.

      • TechnoBuff

        I concur with you on that too.

  • AMB_07

    Wait, did Apple just admit to rushing the iPhone X? I mean with different wording of course but still… that’s sorta odd.

    • TechnoBuff

      Exactly! that seems like the real meaning.

  • Jamessmooth

    X had to come out this year imo. Apple needed the X to happen now, not a year from now.

    • AMB_07

      Considering that the alternative is the iPhone 8, I agree with you.

      • Jamessmooth

        Yup! Exactly.

    • Blip dude

      But this is precisely why the end result was an 80% baked product.

      Not defending Apple and their overpriced anniversary phone, but it’s the major consumer for being impatient and b******* about how a product looks on the outside that’s at fault here, for not waiting until the product was truly ready for launch.

      I knew this wasn’t the product Apple wanted to release, and I’m personally glad I held off. Glad they’re at least admitting it.

  • chjode

    Oh, good… a half-baked, feature-incomplete, version 1.0 product…

    … yes, I pre-ordered one.

    • AMB_07

      I honestly am getting the same impression. If I was in the market for a new phone I would probably have waited for an iPhone XS or something.

      • Arijit Biswas

        My last major upgrade was iPhone 6. Can’t wait any longer. ?

      • Jack Wong

        I always don’t understand why people would say they will wait for next generation because the features are not impressive.

        The iPhone X doesn’t make us smarter, stronger? or make more $, we are the one who make the smartphone powerful.

      • AMB_07

        I’m not sure I follow you. If i’m not impressed with the phone I think it’s absolutely normal that I skip it and either wait another year or look elsewhere. Not very complicated to understand.

      • Jack Wong

        Not sure what do you mean by impressive? I have been doing the something with my phone since first generation, and more and more like banking, gaming but these are software.

        What can make you feel impressive for the new phone? I am just curious.

      • AMB_07

        I think you’re reading my comments incorrectly, I didn’t say I wasn’t impressed with the phone. I said IF. I have had an SE since launch so i’m good for another year or two at least. Whether I am impressed with the phone or not is purely a matter of personal opinion and right now i’m not in the market for a new phone so I look at the X with not even the slightest interest.

      • Jack Wong

        I got you now I guess.

    • TechnoBuff

      i pre-ordered one too and basing on trends. This design and key features will remain the same for the next 3 years at most. might as well join the train now. TouchID is not coming back nor are any features left behind in Iphone 7 or 8.

      • Wee Ymm

        How can you and three other people have the exact same comment?

      • TechnoBuff

        Not from what i can see but i have observed what you are seemingly refering to some weeks ago after commenting.. my exact comments was repeated by someone but later updated/corrected.. i think it has something to do with Disqus not updating properly. IDB should look into that .

      • Jack Wong

        Not sure how you come up the 3years term, I have been doing the same thing on my phone since first generation of the iPhone with a little more every year.

        I even don’t think the battery could last longer than 1 year to my usage.

      • TechnoBuff

        I meant the exterior design.. going on 4 years now actually since iphone 6.

        Which means that iPhone X design and major features like FaceID, true depth camera etc will be around for the next 3-4 years before something else comes along.
        OS redesign takes a lot and it has been same for android for years as well with minor tweaks to the looks and functionalities

      • Jack Wong

        You have your formula for it but if I could afford it, I will still upgrade it every year.

        None of my phone battery could last longer than a year because I really use it a lot lol

    • Jack Wong

      There will be more and more features, we will never able to buy a product that last forever -.-;

      They have learn it from Windows XP.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Uhm they had 3 years to come up with a fresh design, 2014 with the 6 and 6plus was the last redesign, 6s/6s+ 7/7+ 8/8+ not much difference design-wise from 6/6+. If they hadn’t release the X this year it would definitely put a bad impression on Apple.

  • CuBoy531

    Apple’s backup plan for the X Touch ID phone is the iPhone 8. If Face ID fails then they could go full advertise on iPhone 8. It doesn’t look like Face ID is going to fail so win win for them. Congrats Apple on the strategic approach.

  • dani97

    My last major upgrade was iPhone 6. Can’t wait any longer. ?

    • Aman kapoor

      The iPhone 6 was not even a major upgrade from Apple

      iPhone 2g -> iPhone 3gS -> iPhone 4S -> iPhone 5s-> iPhone 7-> iPhone X

      All other versions feel like revisions

  • ElephantLeg

    i pre-ordered one too and basing on trends. This design and key features will remain the same for the next 3 years at most. might as well join the train now. TouchID is not coming back nor are any features left behind in Iphone 7 or 8.

  • kevin mitchell

    i pre-ordered one too and basing on trends. This design and key features will remain the same for the next 3 years at most. might as well join the train now. TouchID is not coming back nor are any features left behind in Iphone 7 or 8.

    • Wee Ymm

      Here too

  • Jack Wong

    Not sure why I would care about this -.-; or why would people complain about this?!

  • Riley Freeman

    none of this is a surprise. its all the blogs sites who report these silly rumours about last minute changes that are really to blame