Apple’s iPhone 2019 may be all about the camera
The iPhone 11 release date is likely in September, but Apple is already rumored to be testing out several iPhone 2019 concepts months in advance, as you’ll see below. There are plenty of iPhone 11 leaks to pore over on this page, and all of them point to a more significant upgrade than last year’s rather incremental iPhone XSdesign.
It may not be a radical top-to-bottom change considering the iPhone Xredesigned launched in late 2017, but the rear camera may get a big upgrade if you turn your attention to the back of every new iPhone 11 concept we’ve seen. That’s good news because Apple isn’t selling as many iPhones as previously forecast, so its next flagship has to wow everyone or come down in price to stay competitive.
Update: The iPhone 11 could have a battery that’s up to 25% larger than the iPhone XS’s without making the phone any thicker. Plus, its camera could be designed for underwater photography, and a leaked schematic suggests one of the triple-lens camera designs we’ve seen could be accurate.
Having analyzed previous Apple events, we predict that the iPhone 11 launch date will be on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. With three iPhones launched in 2018, we expect Apple to repeat the trifecta this year with the iPhone 11 possibly launching alongside the iPhone 11 Max and the iPhone 11R (names TBC).
So what new features will the iPhone 11 have, and will it still have a notch? Let’s investigate what we expect from Apple’s next flagship iPhone.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The iPhone 11 will be Apple’s next flagship
- When is it out? Launch is likely to be mid-September 2019
- What will it cost? Likely no more than last year’s iPhone XS
New iPhone 11 leaks and latest news.
We’re seeing iPhone 11 renders (shown below) months ahead of Apple’s expected launch event, and all of the attention so far has been to the back.
The images show three cameras in a central block on the back, a back which looks to be made of glass, as we’d expect, while the front retains the notch from the iPhone XS. We’ve seen this design rumored a second time now, so it could be accurate.
However, it’s not the only design doing the rounds, with another showing a triple-lens camera in the left corner. That would be more in line with where Apple currently places the camera.
These image also show a likely glass back and the same arrangement of buttons as the iPhone XS, and multiple leakers have claimed they’re right. The source of the images added that three new iPhone models are in the works – successors to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.
We’ve also seen schematics which seem to be for an upcoming iPhone and match the camera layout directly above. So which design is accurate? One source has said that both designs are being evaluated, so ultimately one might be ditched, or they both might be used, or maybe we’ll see neither.Advertisement
However, we have now heard from another source that the highest-end iPhone 2019 (which we’ll call the iPhone 11 Max for now) will have three rear cameras, so at least some of these pictures could well be accurate.
The same source says that the other two handsets will have dual-lens cameras and that the iPhone XR successor will stick with an LCD screen. In fact, we’re hearing this from multiple publications now. The iPhone 11 Max may be the one version with a triple-lens camera, while the iPhone 11 and 11R may get them “eventually,” reports Bloomberg.
Interestingly, a laser-powered 3D camera was destined for the iPhone 11, but said to have been delayed to the iPhone 12 (or whatever Apple calls its iPhone 2020 model). This iPhone roadmap suggests Apple is going all in on augmented reality (AR).
We’ve also heard that the iPhone XI will have a 5.8-inch display, just like the iPhone XS, but with smaller bezels, and that it won’t support 5G, but that it will, surprisingly, have a 4,000mAh battery and a USB-C port. The same source says to expect space grey, gold, silver and blue colors.
However, another source says it won’t have USB-C, adding that the front camera will be upped to 10MP (from 7MP on current models), and that the rear camera will have 14MP and 10MP lenses, as well as a third, currently unknown one. We’ve now heard multiple times that it won’t get USB-C, so don’t count on a change from Lightning.
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One new feature it might get though is two-way wireless charging, allowing you to use the iPhone 11 as a charging mat for other devices. It’s a rumor we’ve heard more than once now so it definitely seems to be on the cards. In order to make the most of that feature the battery could grow, with reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting that the iPhone 11 could get a battery that’s roughly 20-25% bigger than the 2,658mAh one in the iPhone XS.
The iPhone 11 Max’s meanwhile could grow around 10-15% larger than the 3,174mAh one in the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR successor could get one 5% larger than the 2,942mAh one in the iPhone XR. That would all apparently happen without making the phones any thicker, as the laminate on the screen would instead be thinner.
The same source for the first reversible charging tip adds that we might see a frosted glass back, and ultra-wide band connectivity, which would allow for improved indoor positioning. That could help with navigating interiors or might benefit AR applications. The new iPhones may even be easy to use in the rain. A new report claims Apple is experimenting with a new tech that allows you to use the phone’s screen underwater.
What’s more, a patent suggests the camera on a future iPhone would be able to tell when you’re underwater and alter settings accordingly, so that underwater photographs look better.
In other news, one report points to the inclusion of Sony’s next-gen 3D sensorsin the new iPhone, which could in turn offer quicker face unlock, better Portrait mode depth-sensing and some potentially cool 3D modelling features and (AR) implementations. We recently watched a sample of Sony’s AR camera capabilities. We did see a patent suggested the iPhone 11 could have sub-epidermal scanning to unlock, in which the front camera would scan the veins and blood vessels in your face using IR to make sure it’s actually you unlocking the phone.
New iPhone 11 release date
- iPhone 11 launch date: September 10, 2019.
- iPhone 11 pre-order date: September 13, 2019.
- iPhone 11 release date: September 20, 2019.(All of the dates are predicted).
The iPhone 11 launch date may be a little later than previous years, as Europe’s biggest tech show, IFA 2019 in Berlin, is set to run from September 6-11 this year – which may see Apple defer its new iPhone launch to the following week.
It’s unlikely though, as the new iPhone launch has crossed over with the show a number of times (including 2014, 2015 and 2016), which means we’re still most likely to see an announcement week commencing September 9.
Apple historically hasn’t held its phone event on a Monday, with Tuesday or Wednesday the most commonly used days. With the Wednesday being September 11, a day of mourning in the US, Apple will most likely pick an iPhone 11 launch date of Tuesday, September 10 2019.
New iPhone 11 price
- iPhone 11 price likely to start around $999 (£999, AU$1,579)
- There could be a new price strategy
Even without the official iPhone 11 price, we know it’ll cost a lot. After all, Apple priced the iPhone XS and iPhone X starting at $999 (£999, AU$1,579). We could see identical prices for the iPhone 11. With news that Apple isn’t selling as many iPhones as it previously forecast, there’s a chance the iPhone 11 price will offer a more affordable look – although we reckon a price freeze, rather than a reduction, is a more likely move by Apple.
It could mean good news for the successor to the well-received iPhone XR, with the main complaint about the first handset being it was still a little steep price-wise. If Apple can reduce the price on the iPhone 11R, it may help soften a lofty iPhone 11 price tag.
New iPhone, iPhone 11 or iPhone XI?
What will Apple call the new iPhone 11? It’s a puzzling conundrum and there are a variety of different options for Apple to potentially pick from. It seems Apple has backed itself into somewhat of a naming corner with the recent XS, XS Max and XR monikers – so where does it go from here?
Will it stick to roman numerals, revert back to traditional digits, or ditch them all together? At this stage, with sparse new iPhone leaks around, nothing is off the table.
At this moment in time, we’re seeing most of you searching for ‘new iPhone’, and that’s a strong contender. Apple has already ditched numbered increments for Mac, Macbooks, TV and iPads, so new iPhone would be a logical next step.
However, the numbers are a great way to easily distinguish new devices from old, so both iPhone 11 and iPhone XI are very much in the running. Apple never did give us an iPhone 9 though – with the iPhone 8 the final digit before the ‘X’ revolution – so going back to ’11’ may look a little odd.