Want the inside line on what Apple has planned for its next–generation iPhone 11? Then we’ve got you covered. Check back here for all the latest rumours and gossip, from camera plans to whether 5G will be star of the show.
When will the iPhone 11 be released?
While Apple has yet to confirm exactly when the iPhone 11 will launch, it’s expected that it will stick to its traditional time slot of early September.
That will give it three months to hone iOS 13 following its planned unveiling at June’s WWDC. The second week of September is a good bet, with a release date to follow later in the month.
How much will the iPhone 11 cost?
There’s no word yet about how much this year’s iPhones will cost. But judging by the prices of iPhones in previous years, we can hazard a decent guess.
There’s likely to be an entry-level model that would cost around £700, with a bigger, better variant coming in at £1,000. And the very best iPhone with a huge helping of storage will probably be priced at roughly £1,250.
Three new devices
Despite ailing sales, Apple appears set to stick to its current line-up strategy, with three new models being primed for release. That means updated takes on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
According to a report earlier this year in the Wall Street Journal, each device will look broadly similar to 2018’s efforts. The iPhone XR has a 6.1–inch LCD screen while the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max packs 5.8–inch and 6.5–inch OLED panels respectively.
Or is it five?
A juicy rumour from renowned Apple–watching site Macotakara suggests Apple might actually release five new iPhones in 2019. In addition to the trip of updates that have long been assumed to be in the works, it’s also claimed to be readying 6.1–inch and 6.5–inch iPhone 11 models with triple-lens cameras.
This would be a bold move by Apple and seems highly unlikely considering it already sells older devices with less impressive spec sheets. Any such plan would surely diversify the iPhone 11 line-up too much.
Twitter tipsters OnLeaks and IceUniverse have both pointed towards Apple’s plans for a triple lens camera setup on at least one version of the iPhone 11. If it launches three models, then it will most likely appear on the updated iPhone XS and iPhone Max.
However, the pricier OLED models Macotakara has rumoured may be the ones to feature a trio of lenses. Either way, the camera is set to come with ultra-wide, wide and telephoto lenses, with the ability to take macro and panoramic shots without losing any quality.
This would put it in the same league as Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and other leading devices.
Word is that Sony will supply tech to allow the iPhone 11’s cameras to map depth of field better, utilising new 3D technology.
This depth sensing function would beam information about subjects back to the camera, allowing for better definition on landscape shots and more blurring in the background on portraits. Expect Apple to make a big deal of this on iPhone 11 launch day.
Underwater shooting smarts
A new patent application has given a sneak peek into Apple’s plans to make the iPhone 11 an underwater shooting powerhouse.
The patent, called Submersible Electronic Devices with Imaging Capabilities, shows how an iPhone 11 could detect that it’s being used underwater, suss out how murky the conditions are and use depth of field tech to work out the distance to subjects in shot. This would truly make the iPhone 11 a standout.
With Samsung and OnePlus leading the way with imminent 5G smartphones, you’d think that Apple would follow suit with the iPhone 11. Not so. A series of reports citing sources close to the company say it’s waiting until 2020 to release its 5G iPhone.
And even then it may not be ready thanks to issues with modem supplier Intel. It’s thought Apple wants to wait to see how 5G networks develop, but by late next year it could have lost significant ground to its rivals.
A smaller notch
The notch on the iPhone XS remains divisive. And while the iPhone 11 won’t ditch it altogether, word is that it will be a lot smaller.
That’s because Apple has apparently combined its front–facing camera and Face ID scanning tech into one module, meaning the notch requires less space. Still, any notch is still too big for many.
Supply chain sources believe that the iPhone 11 will offer bidirectional charging, allowing it to share power with other iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods housed in their new wireless charging case.
This seems like an obvious move seeing as the Samsung Galaxy S10 does the same thing with its excellent Wireless PowerShare function.
Fast charging out of the box
Apple’s current 5W chargers don’t offer snappy charging. However, reports from Japan claim that the iPhone 11 will be bundled with an 18W power brick. This would allow for much speedier charging without having to splash out for a better charger.
This has been a mainstay of the rumour mill for years, so best take it with a grain of salt. After all, Apple wants its users to charge wirelessly where they can.
This might sound like a minor tweak. But if Barclays analysts have got their predictions about the iPhone 11’s Wi-Fi upgrade right, it will be able to offer speeds up to 40% faster than on existing handsets. And it should work better in congested areas such as train stations and football stadia. The tech, Wi-Fi 6, is already big news, so this rumour is surely bang on.
Improved front camera
Word is Apple will up the megapixel count on the iPhone 11’s selfie camera from seven to 10 megapixels.
Interestingly, the same reports that revealed this detail also point towards the front–facer using the same 3D depth sensing tech as the main camera, meaning improved selfies.
Frosted glass design
The design of the iPhone 11 is expected to stay broadly the same as the iPhone XS. However, there is talk of a new, frosted glass look.
This would certainly mark the iPhone 11 out from the crowd, even if it is a minor cosmetic change rather than anything that will affect overall performance.