iPhone 11 Rumor Roundup:
What we know so far
Apple's next-gen iPhones are expected in September, and will possibly be called the iPhone 11, iPhone Pro, and iPhone Pro Max. Here are the top iPhone rumors to date.
Apple iPhone season draws near, and while official Apple news has been sparse since WWDC, the rumor train chugs on.
Last year's suite of Apple phones featured Super Retina HD displays (and a Liquid Retina HD display for the budget iPhone XR ), Apple's zippy A12 processor, and 4K video recording. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were excellent updates to Apple's lineup, but neither were budget-friendly.
So what's in store for Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup? Here are the latest rumors.
The More Things Change...
As AppleInsider notes, a "sketchy" report from French-language site iPhoneSoft, says the new iPhones will have the same dimensions as the 6.1-inch iPhone XR, 5.8-inch XS, and 6.5-inch XS Max.
A Foxconn worker also leaked details about the design, corroborating other reports that tipped a dark-green color option. The source also said Apple would remove the word "iPhone" from the back of the phone (a big move for such an image-focused company) and that the glass case has a matte appearance instead of last year's smooth-glass back.
What will we call these new smartphones? The X and XS generations were named using roman numerals to celebrate 10 years of the iPhone, prompting concern that we'd be speculating about the iPhone XXVI Max in a few years. But Apple's brief dalliance with ancient numbers is reportedly done. According to 9to5Mac , the new devices will be the iPhone 11 (a step up from the iPhone XR), the iPhone Pro (a step up from the iPhone XS), and the unwieldy and redundant iPhone Pro Max (a step up from the iPhone XS Max).
Goodbye 3D Touch, Hello Haptic Touch
3D Touch has been one of the iPhone's least used features since it debuted in the iPhone 6s. It's finicky and went largely unnoticed by consumers, and is now being laid to rest. Apple's new Taptic Engine, codenamed Leap Haptics, will presumably fill the void, according to 9to5Mac. Look no further than iOS 13, which has gently moved away from 3D Touch.
Under the Hood
The A12 chip powering Apple's last-gen devices is one of the most powerful on the market, and the rumored A13 sounds like it will continue that trend, Bloomberg reports. Though Apple's longtime patent battle with Qualcomm ended earlier this year, it will still depend on Intel's 4G modems for its upcoming phones, according to 9to5Mac. But Intel's recent departure from the 5G modem business clears the way for an Apple-Qualcomm 5G team-up in 2020.
Despite pervasive rumors that Apple's new phones will switch from Lightning connections to USB-C, 9to5Mac sources say the opposite. But Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the new iPhones will include slightly beefed-up batteries and support bilateral charging: This means users with AirPods could place the case on the back of their iPhone and charge them using the phone's power.
Display fiends will be disappointed—but probably not surprised—to learn that Apple's long-hoped-for transition to a full OLED lineup is at least a year out, according to Bloomberg. Instead, we can expect a similar breakdown to last year: OLED screens for the Pro and Pro Max and an LCD for the 11.
YouTuber MKBHD acquired next-gen iPhone dummy models—samples sent to case manufacturers so they can tailor their products to Apple's new devices. The dummy phones include a large, black square with rounded edges to house the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max's three cameras and the iPhone 11's two cameras.
Bloomberg reports that the third camera is an ultra-wide-angle lens that will bring the iPhone in line with Samsung's Galaxy S10 and other major camera competitors. The second and third camera will also include improved zoom. According to 9to5Mac, the front-facing camera will also get a boost, allowing it to record slow-mo video at 120 frames per second.
Price and Release
Prices have yet to leak, but it's safe to assume they'll be in line with last year's releases: The iPhone XS starts at $999.99 for 64GB, the XS Max was $100 more at $1099 for 64GB, and the iPhone XR starts at $749.99 for 64GB.
Softbank's president hinted at a Sept. 20 release date for the phones, presumably precluding another staggered release. (The iPhone XS and XS Max were released on Sept. 21, but the budget iPhone XR came out a month later, on Oct. 26.) If that date is correct, we can expect Apple to hold its conference around Sept. 11.
This year's iPhone update is the calm before next year's storm, when Apple will supposedly announce OLED screens for its full lineup, VR and AR functionality, and 5G modems for its devices. Keep checking this story for the latest iPhone rumors and leaks.
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