Apple’s next-generation iPhones are still some way off, but that hasn’t stopped the online rumour mill from serving up some details about the iPhone 11, or so-called iPhone XI lineup.
Three iPhones are expected to debut in September, including successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max, and a sequel to the iPhone XR. While few are likely too excited about another LCD-equipped iPhone, Apple’s flagship duo is shaping up nicely; they’re expected to be the first iPhones to boast triple camera systems, the first to offer USB-C and the first to ship with iOS 13, which will bring a system-wide dark mode, privacy enhancements and a performance boost.
As reported by CNBC, this news comes from Samik Chatterjee, an analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase, who says three of the new phones will feature “significant spec upgrades”. These specs include OLED displays, 5G compatibility and VR capabilities. The screen sizes will vary from 5.4in, 6.1in and 6.7in.
Interestingly, the fourth handset will supposedly be a more affordable budget phone and would be similar in size to the iPhone 8. It would also lack 5G and an OLED display.
With Samik claiming that three of the new iPhone models will release in September 2020 and the iPhone 11 also expected to release the same year (more on that down below), it would make sense that the analyst’s comments are actually describing the next numbered iPhone.
According to a leaked marketing calendar from US carrier Verizon, the iPhone 11 could launch later than usual this year, with a release seemingly scheduled for the third or fourth week in September.
“We know that Apple’s next iPhones will be expensive, but we don’t yet know quite how much they will fetch. If anything like 2018’s iPhone lineup, pricing will likely start around £999 and £1,099 for the XS and XS Max successors, and from £799 for the lesser-specced LCD model.”
“Apple may remove 3D touch sensors from all 2019 iPhone devices”, these suppliers remain optimistic as “orders for touch modules for legacy iPhone models as well as for new iPad and MacBook models will keep [them] busy in the second half of 2019.”
The death of 3D Touch, which debuted on the iPhone 6s, has been a long time coming. Though it still features on the iPhone XS and XS Max, it was excluded on the iPhone XR, likely in a bid to cut costs.
The iPhone 11’s A13 SoC will maintain Apple’s one-year lead over the competition, according to Ice Universe. The leaker tweeted that Apple’s next-generation A13 processor will greatly enhance the CPU multi-core performance,” while the new GPU is “still far beyond the Android camp’s SoC.”