iPhone 11 − Leaks, release date and all the latest rumours
Where Apple goes, smartphone design trends tend to follow, which makes the launch of the next iPhone − possibly called the iPhone 11 − one of the hottest dates on the calendar. With the Samsung Galaxy S10 impressing, the Huawei P30 Pro offering a seriously great camera experience and folding phones and 5G phones coming soon, this is going to be a big year for Apple.
Read on, then, for everything we know (and think we know) so far about the iPhone 11.
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iPhone 11 release date − When is the next iPhone out?
We’ve had a September iPhone launch event in each of the past seven years, and we’d be shocked if the iPhone 11 didn’t see that trend continue for a September 2019 launch.
Here’s when previous iPhone models have been announced:
- iPhone − January 2007
- iPhone 3G − June 2008
- iPhone 3GS − June 2009
- iPhone 4 − June 2010
- iPhone 4S − October 2011
- iPhone 5 − September 2012
- iPhone 5S − September 2013
- iPhone 6 − September 2014
- iPhone 6S − September 2015
- iPhone SE − March 2016
- iPhone 7 − September 2016
- iPhone X/iPhone 8 − September 2017
- iPhone XS − September 2018
As the most enduring product line of the smartphone era, there have been quite a few distinct iPhone iterations. Despite this storied history, since 2012 there’s actually been a remarkable level of consistency to Apple’s launch plans.
iPhone 11 price − How much will the new iPhone cost?
An apparent pricing leak broke via Evad3rs in early May, claiming that Apple will offer the iPhone 11 on undisclosed contracts for $399 (128GB), $499 (256GB), and $599 (512GB) from September 20, 2019.
SIM-free pricing was claimed to be $999 (128GB), the $1099 (256GB) and the $1199 (512GB). And the report added that the 128GB iPhone Max would set you back $1099, with the 256GB and 512GB models retailing for $1199 and $1299 respectively.
However, since none of this has been confirmed by Apple, we’d recommend taking it with a hefty dose of skepticism. Apple is notoriously secretive about its next iPhone, to the point there are rumblings even its advertising and paid search agencies don’t get much information on them ahead of the actual launch event.
However, with the ongoing trend of rising smartphone prices, one thing the iPhone 11 almost certainly won’t be is any cheaper than its predecessor. Sorry.
iPhone 11 − Performance
Apple’s linear processor naming system means that the iPhone 11 will almost certainly pack an A13 CPU. How capable that processor will be no one quite knows, but we can expect a healthy boost over the A12 of the iPhone XS.
Given that the latter chip remains one of the most capable mobile chips on the market, we’re expecting the iPhone 11 to absolutely fly.
Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons that the iPhone will pack 4GB of RAM, just like the iPhone XS.
iPhone 11: Design and display
We’re used to new iPhone designs being largely iterative affairs, with the odd major leap forward. The question is, will the iPhone 11 mark the start of one of those refreshes?
Numerous leaks have suggested that the iPhone 11 will have a giant, inelegant camera bump on its back. The latest rumour stems from 9to5Mac, which published a series of case renders allegedly for the next iPhone in mid-May. The case renders featured a giant hole that’s allegedly designed to house the iPhone 11’s new tri-camera.
The design backs up past unconfirmed rumblings suggesting the iPhone 11 will have a reworked camera system that’s housed in a rather ugly looking bump protruding from the phone’s back. The rumour first in January when serial leaker OnLeaks reported receiving a tip that the iPhone 11 will have a tri-camera setup, like the one detailed in the case render.
The report suggests the bump will be markedly bigger than the small protrusions you’ll find on competing Android phones, such as the Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro, which both have similar multi-sensor camera setups.
It’ll be interesting to see where Apple goes with the iPhone 11’s screen design. The iPhone X proved massively influential with its notched display, but its rivals are already moving on to alternative and many would say more elegant solutions.
Could Apple follow suit? An alleged USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) filing spotted by LetsGoDigital suggests that it might be. The filing claims that Apple is proposing “apparatus, systems or methods for camera integration with cover glass and for processing cover glass to provide a camera window for an electronic device”.
This would seem to suggest a shaped lens glass that would be inlaid into the standard display glass of the phone or a method by which the camera sits under the display panel itself.
Patent applications don’t mean all that much, of course, and Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will indeed stick with its notched design for another year at least.
In terms of the screen technology itself, there’s little reason to think Apple will deviate from the 5.8- and 6.5-inch screen sizes currently used by the XS and XS Max. Nor are we likely to see the 11 jump from OLED technology back to LCD.
One tidbit of information provided by Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo again is that the iPhone 11 will pack a new OLED screen laminate.
iPhone 11: Camera
The iPhone family doesn’t dominate the smartphone camera field as it once did, with Google’s Pixel range and Huawei’s flagship phones taking the initiative in recent years. If recent leaks are to be believed, the iPhone 11 will attempt a fight back by adding an extra camera.
Reliable mobile tipster @OnLeaks has taken to Twitter to provide schematics of a triple camera system on the rear of the next Apple phone. This design is already proving a little controversial for its boxy, asymmetrical nature. It’s certainly not a looker.
It’s not the first to include such a setup either, with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro notably packing a similar camera configuration. Indeed, a report from Japanese website Macotakara claims that the iPhone 11 camera will be similar to that of the Mate 20 Pro. We’d take this particular report with a larger pinch of salt than usual, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
It would make sense for the new iPhone to have a tri-camera setup. Multi-sensor cameras have been a staple sight on Android flagships for the last couple of years, and the systems on the Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro we reviewed earlier this year are among the best we’ve seen and a definite step up on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s cameras.
iPhone 11: Battery life, USB-C and 5G
Recent rumours from respect Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggest that the iPhone 11 will pack a huge battery. We’re talking about a 25% capacity boost. What’s more, that enlarged power pack will drive two-way Qi wireless charging, so you’ll be able to power up your new AirPods 2 off the back of the phone.
Apple shifted from Lightning to a complete USB-C solution for the iPad Pro, and has also chosen the standard for all of its modern MacBooks, but Kuo doesn’t think that this is the year for Apple to switch to the USB-C charging standard, so keep hold of those spare Lightning cables.
Rumour has it that the iPhone 11 won’t be ready to join the 5G connectivity train. Apple tends to wait until mobile network connection standards are settled and headed for ubiquity before it adopts them, as was the case with both 3G and 4G.
Sure enough, a December 2018 Bloomberg report co-authored by noted Apple crystal ball gazer Mark Gurman claims that the Cupertino-based company will “hold off until at least 2020” to introduce a phone with next-generation 5G mobile data speeds.
Apple doesn’t have the best relationship with chip maker Qualcomm these days, which is leading the race to market with its own 5G modem. Remaining chip partner Intel won’t have its own 5G modem ready until late 2019, which would probably come too late for the iPhone 11 anyway.
However, the iPhone 11 could have super-fast Wi-Fi. Barclays analyst Blaine Curtis reckons that the new iPhone will benefit from the latest Wi-Fi 802.11 ax standard, more commonly known as Wi-Fi 6, for a 4x performance boost in crowded areas and 40% higher data speeds.
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