iPhone 11 rumours, features, release date and everything we know
The launch of the iPhone 11 was always going to be the highest-profile smartphone reveal of the year, and now that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are out, all eyes are on Apple.
The iPhone 11 may not officially exist yet, but that hasn’t stopped a deluge of leaks and rumours from making their way onto the internet. Read on for everything we expect the iPhone 11 to bring to the table.
The iPhone 11 at a glance
- The iPhone 11 is expected to launch on September 10, and hit stores soon after
- It will be the first iPhone to run iOS 13 out of the box
- It’ll likely be the first iPhone to boast a triple-camera arrangement on the rear
- Apple’s new A13 chipset will power it
- It could potentially host the largest battery of any iPhone to date
- It could launch alongside an iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- 5G connectivity is unlikely to feature on any of this year’s iPhones
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iPhone 11 release date − When is the next iPhone out?
September is iPhone launch month – it has been for the last seven years – and iOS 13 may have given away the exact launch date of the iPhone 11.
An eagle-eyed user of iOS 13 developer beta 7 (who took the screengrab embedded above) spotted a cheeky reference to ‘Tuesday 10’ on the Calendar app, seemingly suggesting that the new handset will be unveiled on that day in September. It’s a Tuesday, by the way.
Given Apple usually places its handsets on sale on on the Friday of the following week, that would suggest an iPhone 11 release date of September 20.
That fits with imagery of an alleged Verizon marketing calendar that was leaked by established tipster Evan Blass.
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), $1099 (256GB) and $1199 (512GB).
And the report added that the 128GB iPhone 11 Max would set you back $1099, with the 256GB and 512GB models retailing for $1199 and $1299 respectively.
Apple is unlikely to confirm any of these figures in any manner other than actually launching the iPhone 11.
The company is famously tight-lipped about its upcoming releases, with such secrecy even extending to network partners and ad agencies, which rarely have the full picture before the masses do.
However, with the ongoing trend of rising smartphone prices, one thing the iPhone 11 almost certainly won’t be is any cheaper than its predecessors. Sorry.
iPhone 11 – Design and display
The iPhone 11 probably won’t be much of a looker.
A multitude of leaks have suggested that the iPhone 11 will have a giant, inelegant camera bump on its back to house its new tri-camera (more on the camera’s specs in the next section).
It appears that the bump on the iPhone 11 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 have already moved 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 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 stick with its notched design for at least another year.
In terms of the screen technology itself, a mid-August report has claimed that the iPhone 11 will use the same OLED panel materials as Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note 10 ranges.
In terms of screen size, 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.
A couple of recent rumours have suggested we might see the iPhone 11 ship with a dark green colour option – joining black, silver and gold – and that it might eschew the typical Apple branding on the back.
iPhone 11 – iPhone 11 Max or iPhone 11 Pro?
There likely won’t be just one new iPhone unveiled by Apple in September. Apple now typically unveils at least two versions of its flagship device, and rumours suggest we might be seeing an iPhone 11 Pro this time around.
This would follow on from previous uses of Plus and Max to signify the larger – and in terms of the Plus more feature-packed – devices.
While we’re not sure how the Pro model would differ from the regular iPhone 11, it’s a moniker Apple has used before. You can currently buy a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro, so an iPhone Pro wouldn’t feel out of place.
iPhone 11 – 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.
According to MacRumors, one of these three lenses will be a wide-angle lens, a first for any Apple smartphone. Intriguingly, the report claims that this sensor will allow users to ‘repair’ shots after the fact by adding subjects that were just out of frame in the first snap.
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 – a definite step up on the iPhone XS and XS Max’s cameras.
Other rumours suggest the front camera might be in line for some new features too. Apparently, the next iPhone could pack a 12-megapixel TrueDepth selfie camera capable of recording in slow motion.
iPhone 11 − Performance and software
The iPhone 11 will almost certainly pack an A13 CPU, but exactly how capable that processor will be no one quite knows. That said, we can expect a healthy boost over the Apple A12 of the iPhone XS.
The A13 entered production in May, according to Bloomberg, and it’s expected to have a 7nm node like its predecessor, with the 5nm upgrade waiting until 2020. Given that the A12 remains one of the most capable mobile chips on the market, we’re expecting the iPhone 11 to absolutely fly.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons that the iPhone will pack 4GB of RAM, just like the iPhone XS.
As for the software, it’s probably the most concrete aspect of the iPhone 11 experience that we know of right now. Following WWDC 2019, Apple showcased all manner of new functionality coming to iOS 13 – the next major release.
- Its smart dark mode includes light and dark versions of the same wallpaper, with the ability to fade between the two on command or when tied to sunrise and sunset times.
- The whole UI also gets a darker lick of paint when the mode is activated too.
- Even before you fold the forthcoming A13 chipset into the equation, Apple has promised significant performance improvements thanks to this latest version of iOS.
- The company’s Craig Federighi stated that face unlock will be up to 30% faster while fundamentals like app updates will up to 60% smaller in size.
- The introduction of ‘Sign in with Apple‘ will also help streamline signup for various first and third-party services, with Face ID integration and anonymous credential functionality.
- Alongside the addition of some new Aniomji characters, Memoji will benefit from a heap of new customisation options, like piercings, additional makeup options, hats and alternate teeth designs.
To round things out, one of the lesser-known additions that will unquestionably resonate with gamers is forthcoming native support for both PlayStation DualShock 4 and Bluetooth-enabled Xbox controllers.
iPhone 11 – Battery life, USB-C and 5G
Rumours (again) from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested in April that the iPhone 11 will pack a huge battery. We’re talking about a 25% capacity boost.
However, more recent leaks have suggested that the capacity boost will be closer to 5%. 3110mAh is a figure we’ve seen bandied around, but that’s something we’d advise taking with a pinch of salt.
That enlarged power pack will apparently drive two-way Qi wireless charging, so you’ll be able to power up your new AirPods 2 off the back of the phone, not unlike Samsung’s S10 series and the Galaxy Buds which launched alongside them.
Apple shifted from Lightning to a complete USB-C solution for the iPad Pro last year 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 on its phones, so keep hold of those spare Lightning cables for the time being.
That said, we’ve seen loads of conflicting information about this. In June, the image above got tongues wagging once again.
Rumour has it that the iPhone 11 won’t be ready to join the 5G connectivity train either. 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.
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, bringing with it a 4x performance boost in crowded areas and 40% higher data speeds.