With the recent release of the Galaxy Note 10, Apple fans are thinking ahead to the latest iPhone coming to the market in September. Although there are no drastic changes expected – they’re likely to have more to offer in 2020 after the full 5G launch – there are still plenty of iPhone rumours to be excited about. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the iPhone 11.
Rumoured release dates
Launch date: 10th September
Pre-sale date: 13th September
Sale date: 20th September
At a glance
- Upgraded cameras, with a rear three-camera system and enhanced capabilities
- Improved FaceID recognition
- A13 chip for increased efficiency and power
- First iPhone with iOS 13 system for significant performance improvements
- Larger battery capacity to aid reverse wireless charging
- Same shape, size, and display, with new colour options and frosted glass back
The prominent rumour surrounding the iPhone 11 is the heavy focus on camera enhancement with the introduction of a rear triple camera system. However, some rumours suggest this will only be available on the larger, more expensive model. Whilst this would bring Apple on par with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro camera, many have already decided that the square camera bump on the prototype phones isn’t aesthetically pleasing. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that one of these lenses might be almost invisible, with a new black coating to blend in with the surrounding bezel.
It’s expected that the main colour RGB camera will also change from its current 4-element lens to a 5-element lens. The ultra-wide lens will be manufactured exclusively by Sony, with a 12MP/1um sensor. Each lens will supposedly be 12MP. One will take standard photos with good low-light capability, the second will provide decent zoom, and the third camera will allow for a larger field of view, wider range of zoom, and higher pixel capture. It is also rumoured that the third lens won’t have optical image stabilisation, but the flash will be brighter and generally more useful.
The image processor will be enhanced, and updated Smart HDR algorithms will bring better dynamic range and detail to photos.
The front notch will still contain the TrueDepth camera system, dedicated to capturing 3D information for Face ID authentication and Animoji. Face ID will be improved with more powerful flood illumination, working from a wider range of angles. Live Photos will also be improved with an extended timer from three seconds to six.
Features and design
With the exception of the camera bump, the physical design of the iPhone isn’t expected to change much. The current 5.8 inch display will remain, with potentially thinner bezels. It is heavily hinted that Apple will stick with the OLED display for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max, with the same cheaper LCD screen for the 11R, which would keep cost down and preserve battery life.
The only visible improvement will be in brightness, contrast, and accuracy. There are rumours both for and against the return of the somewhat underused 3D Touch support.
The iPhone 11 will be available in the usual black, white, yellow and red options, but will swap out their coral and blue shades for lavender purple and green. The back of the phone could be made with frosted glass, which would help improve the reverse wireless charging. This feature means you can wirelessly charge other devices, which is ideal for the Apple Watch and Air Pods, meaning you only need one charger cable for all.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes the battery will be up to 25% larger than the iPhone XS to support the dual-charging without over draining the battery life. The speed of charging is also expected to be bumped up to 10W, from the previous model’s 7.5W.
Unfortunately, Apple will probably continue bundling a 5W USB-A charger with the iPhone 11, and most likely stick to their Lightning cable, disappointing everyone hoping for the switch to USB-C this year.
With every iPhone launch usually comes a new chipset, so the A13 SoC is sure to be released with the iPhone 11. After the AI learning capabilities of the A12 Bionic chip, we’re expecting big things from the latest version.
The A13 chip will be the first manufactured using the advanced 7nm ‘N7 Pro’ process, which should increase efficiency and power without requiring more space.
As for RAM, the 2019 iPhone is expected to contain a base 4GB. This means it is likely that Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac, and NFC will remain. There are rumours of Wi-Fi 6 support, which would provide a significant performance boost and higher data speeds, but since the technology is still in its early stages, it is doubtful this model will have it. Improvements are still expected, though, with a newer Intel modem and support for Ultra-Wide Band, which should help with speed and IPS.
There are also hopes for a new Taptic Engine, which would bring more complex vibrations to create immersive sensations, such as the feeling of dragging a finger over bumps, or ice clinking against a glass.
The iPhone 11 will be the first to run the new iOS 13 out of the box. At WWDC 2019 (Worldwide Developers Conference), Apple showcased their next big system release. Highlights include:
- Significant performance improvements, including 30% faster face unlock, and apps will download, update, and launch quicker and more efficiently.
- The introduction of Sign in with Apple, which will give users a streamlined signup service to control what information they share with an anonymous credential functionality.
- Native support for PlayStation DualShock 4 and Bluetooth-enabled Xbox controllers.
- A smart dark mode with light and dark versions of wallpapers, which can fade between the two on command or during sunrise and sunset to be more eye-friendly during night-time use.
- Improved search functionality, looking through contacts, photos, locations, and even recent conversations.
- New Animoji characters, and extra customisation for Memoji, such as piercings, and new makeup and accessory options.
The iPhone 11 may not be drastically different from previous versions, but the potential upgrades running through the rumour mill are still exciting. In a couple of weeks’ time we’ll see which of these rumours hold true, and which we’ll continue hoping for in the next big release.
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