MANILA - The most radical redesign of Apple's iPhone in 4 years could be called iPhone X, according to codes from software that will power the device.
Firmware from iOS11 released by software developer Steven Throughton-Smith and cited by US tech websites showed references to iPhone X and iPhone 8.
The iPhone X name was used to refer to D22, the rumored code name of Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone, which is expected to feature a near bezel-less display and a glass body surrounded by a metal rim.
Apple will host an event in a California theater named after its late founder, Steve Jobs, on Sept. 12 (Sept. 13 in Manila), where it is expected to announce its new iPhone line
The device is expected to launch alongside 2 other models that will feature almost the same design as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but with improved internals and glass shells instead of aluminum.
If Apple does name the 2 lesser priced models as iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus as the software codes suggest, it will mark a departure from following up the previous year's model with an "S" upgrade, indicating only internal changes.
The "X" moniker will also be a first for Apple to differentiate a higher-priced model. It has launched "pro" lines of the iPad and an "edition" version of the Apple Watch.
Apple has kept the frame and layout of its most important device largely unchanged since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014. Last year's 7 line, which followed the 6s models, featured larger lenses and a dual lens on the larger model but retained the familiar aluminum body that has since spawned similar Android devices.
Cupertino, California-based Apple is a latecomer to the near bezel-less screen trend, started by Samsung with the S8 and S8 Plus and LG with the G6 earlier this year.