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Jony Ive weighs in on the iPhone X’s design, quips it will ‘evolve’ over time

November 13, 2017

Apple design chief Jony Ive has weighed in on some of the iPhone X’s design peculiarities, offering that the device will ‘change and evolve’ in the future.

The iPhone X is Apple’s most sizeable break in convention from the staid handsets the firm has produced over the last ten years, though not everyone is comfortable with the change – though the device continues to arouse consumer interest, critical reaction has panned some of Apple’s new introductions.

Chief among complaints has been the iPhone X’s divisive sensor notch, the cack-handed placement of iOS’ Notification Center and Control Center, and the fact that users can only summon Siri by long-pressing the handset’s power button (aside from voice control).

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In a new interview with Wallpaper, Ive quips that the iPhone X will ‘change and evolve’ over time – offering that the handset will be primarily driven by both the introduction of novel software smarts and small tweaks on extant features.

“What I think is remarkable about the iPhone X”, Ive says, “is that its functionality is so determined by software. And because of the fluid nature of software, this product is going to change and evolve. In 12 months’ time, this object will be able to do things that it can’t now. I think that is extraordinary. I think we will look back on it and see it as a very significant point in terms of the products we have been developing.”

Ive’s comments might well point to either a second-generation iPhone X with a refined design, or incremental changes in the way of software updates, stating that:

“I always think that there are two products at the end of a programme; there is the physical product or the service, the thing that you have managed to make, and then there is all that you have learned. The power of what you have learned enables you to do the next thing and it enables you to do the next thing better.”

Though Ive did not clarify what changes might be in the offing, the design chief did instead comment that the iPhone X would, in the future, offer capabilities it doesn’t have now.

The full interview is available at Wallpaper.com.

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What are your thoughts? Could the sore points surround the iPhone X’s design be rectified with software tweaks? What feedback could Apple take on board for its next near bezel-less model? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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