Apple is expected to release the iPhone 11 (or
iPhone XI) in the fall of 2019. While there has no
official news from Apple, the rumor mill is already
starting to give us a picture of what we should
expect from the newest smartphone from Apple.
iPhone 11 Release Date
If it follows past trends, Apple’s next phone will be
released in the fall of 2019. Apple is likely to
announce it along with the Apple Watch Series 5 at
an event in September. The general rule is that the
newest phone will go on sale around two weeks
after the release date. Preorders will like start the
Friday after the announcement. The iPhone Upgrade
Program is a popular and affordable way to make
sure you have the latest phone every year.
iPhone 11 Price
We don’t know the official price of the next iPhone
yet, but it’s likely to be similar to what we saw with
the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Pricing will
likely start at $999 and go up for additional storage
or for the larger screen. We expect storage to start
at 64GB with additional options for 256GB and
512GB. We do not expect Apple to offer a 1TB
option this year.
If Apple offers a low cost iPhone this year (similar
to the XR), it’ll likely start at $749 and go up in
price for additional storage.
iPhone 11 Features
As expected, iPhone 11 will ship with iOS 13. iOS
13 is expected to be announced at WWDC 2019.
Earlier rumors suggest Apple will ship two new
iPhone models with 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch OLED
displays. There are also rumors that it will ship with
a triple camera system .
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that
Apple’s flagship 2019 lineup will feature
three models, including 2 OLED and 1 LCD
variant. The high-end ‘iPhone 11’ (iPhone 11
Max?) will feature a triple rear camera
system. The successor to the iPhone XR ,
with LCD screen panel, will be upgraded
from a single rear lens to a dual-camera
system.
The triple camera system is visualised in
this render from last weekend, which is
meant to be based on iPhone 11
prototypes. The Journal’s story today
corroborates that previous leak.
The Wall Street Journal says that new
camera features will be a significant part of
the 2019 flagship iPhones. We are
colloquially referring to it as the ‘iPhone 11’
for simplicity, but final marketing names is
not being reported on and won’t be known
until much closer to September.
However, on the surface, it seems like the
5.8-inch iPhone 11 will not be receiving
compelling camera changes as it will be
sticking to the dual-camera system. The
three-camera module appears to be
reserved for the largest, most expensive,
phone.
Finally, it’s rumored that the 2019 iPhone will ship
with a similar feature to Samsung’s Powershare
where it can wirelessly charge an Apple Watch or
AirPods.
TF International Securities Ming-Chi Kuo first
predicted that Apple’s 2019 flagship iPhones
would work with bidirectional wireless
charging, days before Samsung launched its
Galaxy S10 line with Wireless PowerShare.
Macotakara speculates that the new
AirPods Wireless Charging Case may also
be compatible with the wireless charging
feature on the iPhone 11. The idea is that
the iPhone battery is large enough to share
power with an Apple Watch and AirPods
case in a pinch without any cables involved.
Separately, Macotakara reports that the
iPhone 11 will be bundled with a new
charging cable, but it wont’ switch to USB-C
for the charging port. Rather, the new report
says that Apple may bundle the new 18W
USB brick that ships with the iPad Pro and
is now sold separately , relying on Apple’s
Lightning to USB-C cable.
The camera system is a constant source of
speculation as it is one of the main selling features
of having the latest phone. In a recent report from
Kuo, it’s speculated that the front facing camera
(selfie camera) will go form 7 to 12 megapixels.
The front-camera improvements go beyond
an increase in megapixels from 7 to 12. The
camera will also change from the existing 4-
element lens to a 5-element lens
component. The new front camera will be
included on all three new 2019 iPhones,
including the ‘XR 2’ or whatever that model
is called.
We expect screen sizes to remain the same for the
2019 phones, but it’s rumored to be changing in
2020.
According to Digitimes , Apple is laying the
groundwork in the supply chain to launch
three new iPhones in 2020 featuring OLED
displays. The current flagship lineup offers
OLED screens on iPhone XS and iPhone XS
Max , but the iPhone XR uses a lower-
resolution LCD panel to save money.
This pattern is set to continue for the 2019
generation, but Apple will shake things up
next year. The three 2020 iPhones will
reportedly come in new screen sizes: 5.42-
inch, 6.06-inch and 6.67-inch diagonally.
iPhone 11 Performance
9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy recently speculated about
what we might see from the upcoming A13 chip.
Apple is sticking with a 7nm process, as
5nm won’t be ready in time, but EUV should
allow about 20% more circuitry in the same
area. Couple that to the larger chip size
expected, says Cross, and you get
something with the same kind of transistor
count as the latest iPad Pro models.