The release date is one of the easiest things to guess about the next iPhone. Apple loves holding a major iPhone unveiling event in September—and expect this year to be no different.
Best guess is we can expect to see Apple hold its annual iPhone event by the end of the first week in September, followed by the actual launch of the new iPhones introduced at that event sometime in the third week of September.
Besides the all-new iPhone 11 (which may have a different name when it launches), we’ll probably also see an update to the iPhone XR line in September too. But the flagship phone will be Apple’s new iPhone 11.
Specs are usually the hardest thing to guess about Apple’s upcoming iPhone because spec leaks are usually rare than design leaks when it comes to the iPhone. However, we can say with some certainty what some of the major iPhone 11 specs are:
- Display – 5.8in OLED (iPhone 11) and 6.5in OLED (iPhone 11 Max)
- CPU – A13
- Dimensions – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm (iPhone 11); 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm (iPhone 11 Max)
- Camera – Front: 12-megapixel single-lens camera. Rear: triple-lens camera system.
- RAM – 4GB of RAM likely
- Storage – 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB
The main event, however, will be Apple’s new A13 CPU. Multiple sources have now confirmed that this is the chipset that will power Apple’s 2019 iPhones. The chipset will apparently remain 7nm, but it will be created using a new technology known as Extreme Ultra-Violet Lithography (EUV) – so what is EUV, exactly?
EUV allows for more circuitry to be placed in a single spot than before; upwards of 20% more. According to MacWorld, this will bring iPad Pro-levels of performance to Apple’s iPhone 11 releases. And this is significant because Apple will doing ALL of this without changing too much about the actual chipset itself.
It will be of a similar size, built using a similar process as the A12 and A12X, but through new tech like EUV, it will be able to squeeze out more performance, more power, and greater efficiencies.
“While I expect the A13 to have nearly the same transistor count as the A12X,” notes Cross, writing for MacWorld, “I don’t think Apple will spend its transistor budget the same way; doubling up the high-power CPU cores from 2 to 4. Rather, I suspect Apple will continue to have two high-performance CPU cores and four energy-efficient cores, with an outside chance of increasing the high-performance core count from 2 to 3.”
If all of the above is true, Apple’s A13 CPU will have around 40% more transistors to play with – but what will they be used for? Again, the current speculation is that Apple will use the surplus to make further refinements to the chipset’s onboard AI – AKA Apple’s Neural Engine.
Word on the street suggests Apple is looking to bring the operations per second of its Neural Engine to around five to six times more than the A12’s current capacity (5 trillion operations per second). If true, this could open up major breakthroughs in image processing, augmented reality, and even things like Siri.
This year’s iPhone isn’t expected to have any major design changes to the device. In other words, expect it to look a lot like the current iPhone XS and iPhone X does now.
That’s not to say there won’t be any design changes. One very subtle one will be a redesigned mute button on the side of the device. Right now that mute button takes the form of a switch, but its rumored the iPhone 11 mute button will take the slider form factor. This should make the button less pronounced and also make it less likely to be toggled accidentally in your pocket.
There is also evidence the iPhone 11 may feature a frosted glass back, making it easier to grip. Frosted glass backs exist on some Android phone already. Another design change that is possible is Apple MIGHT ditch Lightning for USB-C. Apple will do this eventually on their iPhones, but it’s just a matter of if the 2019 iPhone will get USB-C or if that connection I/O will wait until 2020.
Apple is also working on improvements to FACE ID inside the iPhone 11 range, things that will make it even more secure. According to recent leaks and new patents, Apple is looking to advance the scanning technology of FACE ID to analyze the veins in your face as well as its shape, structure, and unique features.
The ability to scan veins, and then use them as a reference point for matching your face, seems crazy. But the fact of the matter is simple: the structure of capillaries and blood vessels in your face it totally unique to you; no one else as the same layout. And this, combined with FACE ID’s already excellent scanning technology, will make FACE ID on the iPhone 11 even more secure.
Perhaps the biggest change to the iPhone 11 will be in the camera department. The front camera is supposed to see a pretty big boost on the iPhone 11, going from a 7MP sensor in the 2018 iPhone to a 12MP sensor in the 2019 iPhone. That’s great for selfie-lovers.
But the biggest camera change will be found in the rear. That’s because at least one model of the iPhone 11 is expected to get a triple-lens rear camera. It’s possible both models might, or it could be that the triple-lens camera is limited to the iPhone 11 Max model. The only downside? It’s proper ugly…
Case-maker Olixar recently leaked a bunch of its new designs for Apple’s iPhone 11, confirming A) that the iPhone 11 will indeed feature a triple lens camera, and B) that it will look truly ugly, standing out from the chassis like a sore thumb.
The iPhone 11’s camera will feature three distinct cameras – main, telephoto and wide-angle. This will greatly improve the camera capabilities of the iPhone 11 over the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, adding in more features and better overall quality to images.
The triple-ten camera would be made up of a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel super wide-angle lens. These lenses will enable a larger field of view, a wider zoom range, improved low light performance, in addition to them capturing more pixels.
The only question now is whether or not the triple lens camera will be exclusive to the iPhone 11 XS Max model. Given Apple’s track-record with secreting new technology away inside its most expensive model, it seems like a given that this will the case, sadly.
However, there is always hope. Competition in the phone space is very stiff right now; plenty of cheaper Android alternatives offer triple lens cameras, so perhaps Apple will outfit its entire 11 range with this camera array. Unlikely? Yes. Possible? You never know…
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The good news is we don’t expect the price of the iPhone 11 to increase over the price of the current iPhone XS—but we don’t expect to see a decrease in the price point either.
That means expect the entry-level iPhone 11 to start t £999 and the entry-level iPhone 11 Max to start at £1,099. The prices for the maxed-out mobiles of the iPhone 11 should cost £1,349 and £1,449, respectively.