iPhone 8 to be called iPhone X or iPhone Edition

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Now that Apple has officially begun sending out invites for a ‘special event’ on September 12, rumors have begun shifting to the name of the products getting announced. In somewhat surprising news, 2 different sites have reported different names for the so-called iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus.

Starting off with Dutch blog iCulture, a source working for a global telecom provider told the publication that Apple’s next flagship will be called the iPhone X. The ‘X’ is apparently meant in the Roman numeral sense, so the handset is supposed to be pronounced as the ‘iPhone Ten,’ appropriate given its status as the brand’s tenth anniversary iPhone.

It seems this was the name told to high-level employees of the telecom brand who were in Cupertino to discuss the launch of the new smartphones with Apple. The latter appears to have informed them that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s are in fact called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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This is monumental news if true, since it would mean Apple is skipping its standard ‘s’ generation. Perhaps it’s meant to symbolize the new direction the company is taking the pair in, what with the glass sandwich design, steel frame, and wireless charging.

Corroborating this piece of information is a new 9to5Mac report which claims the upcoming lineup will consist of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone Edition. The article cites official case maker partners as its sources. 2 vendors claim to have confirmed this via their own sources in Shenzen and have begun production accordingly.

It’s hard to know who to trust in this case since both reports rely on word-of-mouth rumors and not concrete evidence. We’ll let you know which one turns out to be accurate on September 12.