Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely to unveil a brand new iPhone in less than. And yet, strangely enough, many of the rumors – and almost all the most exciting rumors – about upcoming Apple phones aren't about the particular model expected to be called the iPhone 11. On the contrary, most of the really cool stuff is scheduled to debut on the following iPhone, which is unlikely to be introduced until September 2020.
So what exactly do we get this year?
According to a series of reports published over the past few months – ranging from authoritative sources such as Bloomberg and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to Twitter leaks and rumor-mongers on the outskirts, the iPhone 2019 is likely to be a whole lot like 2018 iPhone. Not exactly the same. But pretty much the same.
Which means Apple will try to get us excited about a lot of step-by-step upgrades: more advanced cameras, faster chips, the next version of the operating system (it's) and maybe new colors (including dark green). And yet, the flagship iPhone 11 probably costs as much as the iPhone XS, with a starting price around $ 1,000. (Note that all of this is conjecture; the company did not respond to our request for comment.)
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In the meantime, with Apple playing it safe this year,. and continues to deliver eye-catching phones packed with innovative features – phones that are often significantly cheaper than the iPhone – slipping off the track for the next generation of mobile technology. Of course, has been more successful . But Apple executives were no doubt aware when . (Maybe they were heard by the media response, which mostly focused on – .)
Still, you can never figure out Apple. Despite. and , the iPhone remains . The company can still surprise us this fall with revolutionary features or distinctive aesthetics.
As we count down the weeks leading up to the iPhone 11 debut, we continue to gather the most credible and interesting rumors about the next models & # 39; specifications, features and prices right here. Then come back often.
Rumor: Three new iPhones are coming September 10th
In keeping with tradition, Apple intends to introduce three new iPhone models this fall, according to the Wall Street Journal. They are expected to include a "budget" follower, a midsize flagship like the iPhone XS and a larger vein size .
Apple usually announces new phones in mid-September and this year. A new report from iHelpBR (via MacRumors) reveals that the latest iOS 13 beta code includes a screenshot of the iPhone calendar showing the specific date repeating a similar image found prior to last year's launch date.
In 2018and released the first two, iPhone XS and XS Max, on Friday 21st. September with , on October 26th.
Rumor: iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11R and iPhone 11 Max
The consensus is that Apple is calling its next flagship iPhone 11, and that part feels like a no-brainer. But as for the names of the particular models – all bets are off. The company has traditionally reserved the term "Pro" for its best end products: MacBook Pro laptop, iPad Pro tablet,and perhaps as of 2019, the most premium iPhone.
The anonymous Twitter account properly leaked The names of last year's iPhone XS, XS Max and XR report that the next top-of-the-line iPhone is called the iPhone 11 Pro, according to MacRumors. But I have also seen name variants like iPhone 11R and 11 Max, in passing. As CNET's Jessica Dolcourt has pointed out, , as there is no obvious consecutive sequel to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
Rumor: Three rear-facing cameras for the iPhone in 2019
The biggest change coming to this year's iPhone is likely to be the camera setup., we've heard that Apple would give at least one of the 2019 models – and perhaps the one named the iPhone 11 Pro – three rear-facing lenses (source: Bloomberg). And in addition to keeping Apple in the ongoing lens-and-megapixel armrest with Huawei, Samsung and Google, the new array will provide the iPhone 11 with greater wide-angle shooting capabilities.
Bloomberg's reporting strengths are leaking from two Twitter users in the know. Back in January, OnLeaks and Ice Universe released renderings showing an alleged three-camera prototype in a triangular configuration, plus a flash housed in a large, square module. And at this point, we've seen enough renditions to increase our confidence in this square, triple-camera array – similar to the configuration on – is the real deal.
Rumor: Apple may finally drop 3D Touch in 2019
Ming-Chi Kuo continues to, and the Wall Street Journal reported the demise of Apple's pressure-sensitive interface back in January. After visiting Apple vendors in Asia, Barclay analysts (as quoted by MacRumors) seem confident that Apple will bid farewell to the iPhone lineup feature in 2019. But the touch-based interface won't disappear completely: Apple is said to have developed a new Taptic Engine, code-named jump haptics, that will continue the development of the company's Haptic Touch technology piloted last year .
Rumor: Bilateral charging coming to iPhone 11
Earlier this year,, leaving us hanging with to turn on our iPhones and AirPods. But according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (as reported by 9to5Mac). This means you can use your iPhone's battery to share some juice with other iPhones or with the wireless charging box.
If true, Apple will again play catch-up for Samsung if, released back in March, can charge other devices, including the company's and via the Qi wireless standard. (The new Galaxy Note 10 also supports this feature, which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare.)
Kuo has also predicted that each of the iPhones in 2019 will have larger batteries than their predecessors – which will probably lead to better battery life. And it says something: On our video playback battery training test, the iPhone XR lasted for more than 19 hours, and the iPhone XS Max lasted for over 17 hours, 23 minutes. But the iPhone XS only ran for 13 hours, 30 minutes, leaving a lot of room for improvement on the flagship models.
Rumor: Apple is offering another LCD iPhone in 2019
Among the three phones Apple released in 2018, only the iPhone XR has an LCD display. The two advanced models, the iPhone XS and XS Max, both feature high-resolution OLED panels that produce more vibrant colors and images., Apple is likely to follow this formula again with the next batch of iPhones.
Like so many promising next-generation features, Apple is said to wait until 2020 to bring the more expensive OLED panels to its entire range, according to the Wall Street Journal. DigiTimes has reported that by 2020, the three OLED phones will be about the same size as the current generation of 5.4-, 6.1-, and 6.7-inch iPhones.
(Note, except, we have heard zero credible rumors of plans for a foldable iPhone for 2019 or 2020.)
Rumors: The A13 processor takes the iPhone 11 into power
The. According to analyst Ben Thompson, the processor is "so far ahead of the industry that it will still be competitive with the best Android phones in two years and massively more powerful than lower-end phones."
However, Apple doesn't seem to rest on its laurels – at least in the processor department. A Bloomberg article from May reported itthe next generation of processors is expected to power the next line of phones. This may be a variant of that is currently being used – or a new chip .
Almost clear: the 2019 iPhone does not support 5G
Apple's latest phones use all modems built by Intel, which had planned to have a 5G modem ready for commercial devices in the second half of 2019. But Intel had trouble producing 5G chip for iPhone – problems so severe that theafter Apple and Qualcomm . Since then, for $ 1 billion.
Now that this situation is cleared up, it looks like Apple is back on track for 2020. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously predicted that two of the three iPhones of 2020 would bebut has since changed it to include all three phones.
Rumor: iPhone remains expensive in 2019
The iPhone XS and XS Max start at $ 999 and $ 1,099 respectively. CNET sin the premium smartphone market for the past two years, and we expect Apple, Samsung and others to continue pushing the boundaries of customer budgets for the foreseeable future.
Once noted, there are some new factors playing this year that could change things this year. The, and , could drive prices higher. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that, according to MacRumors, Apple had planned for the tariffs and will be able to hold off any price increases because of them.
And then there is the fact that, which could also make Apple change things up. Actually, and a number of other products in China earlier this year. The following follows a previous move in 2018 in which Apple to customers all over the world who traded with an old one when upgrading to one or .
Other various rumors about the iPhone in 2019
- Another iPhone for China: Apple may be selling an even cheaper version of the iPhone 11 in China – and perhaps India too – instead of a cheaper fingerprint scanner on the Face ID screen, according to a report in the Chinese newspaper Global Times.
- New design details: Zhihu, Slashleaks and MacRumors all published the transcript of an interview with an alleged employee of Foxconn, the China-based facility that builds iPhones saying the iPhone 11 comes in black, white, gold and dark green – and that the word "iPhone" no longer prints on the back of the phone.
- New silent button: Aside from the redesigned rear camera, the iPhone 11 is expected to look close , with a virtually identical steel and glass design and similar notches, frame, connectors and buttons. One of the few departures we have heard of is an adjusted audio button on the side of the phone. According to the renderings published by OnLeaks on CashKaro, a smaller circular button will replace the elongated pill-shaped slider on the current model.
- Jump to USB-C: Apple has now replaced its proprietary Lightning connector with USB-C recently . and , and Bloomberg reports that Apple is "testing" USB-C on some prototype iPhones.
- Pencil Support: Citi Research, which is affiliated with the bank, has moved the possibility that the iPhone from 2019 supports according to Business Insider.
All the rumors of the iPhone in 2020 … and beyond
- Apple may introduce three OLED phones by 2020: a smaller 5.4-inch model that would replace the current 5.8-inch model, the same 6.1-inch option as the XR, and a larger 6.7 – inch Max version, according to MacRumors and .
- Bloomberg reports that due to the 2020 models, Apple's upcoming 3D camera will run an updated version of Face ID that will expand the reach of the technology, improve security and enable new AR capabilities.
- Apple is said to be working in a new way for users to interface with future releases of the iPhone, according to Bloomberg. The "touch-free motion control" allows users to interact with the phone without touching the screen. While not scheduled for 2020 or later, it sounds like it could be cool.
- Apple iPhones of 2020 may have or an underprint fingerprint sensor.
- Starting in 2020, the company will stop using Intel chips in its Macs in favor of custom ARM-based processors. This will , launches sometime in 2021, which will work across Apple's various operating systems on the iPhone, iPad and Mac, according to Bloomberg and Axios.
- TMSC, the company that designs Apple's mobile A-series chips for the iPhone, has announced the completion of its 5-nanometer chip design. According to MacRumors, this is likely to be the basis for the A14 chip that will apparently power the 2020 iPhones.
- Although Apple has it , this product is at least a year out – if not more. According to UBS analysts (via CNBC), we could see a collapsible iPhone – or iPad – by 2020, but "2021 is more likely."
- Also coming in 2021: Apple is adding an in-display fingerprint sensor to the iPhone according to Ming-Chi Kuo (and reported by MacRumors).