The iPhone 11 for 2019 should bring significant design changes along with a major camera upgrade. Here’s all the iPhone rumors we’ve heard so far, along with a look at the features on our wish list.
iPhone 11 rumors are kicking into high gear, promising a plethora of new features and updates in this year’s models. The biggest rumors so far center around triple rear cameras, bigger batteries with reverse wireless charging and faster USB-C charging in the box. Here’s all the top rumors we’ve heard so far, as well as our wish list of what we would like to see in Apple’s next devices.
- Apple is reportedly scrapping plans to include a quantum dot image sensor in this year’s iPhone camera, which would have bumped up the device’s color purity and accuracy.
- Apple is either adopting a USB-C port for the 2019 iPhones, or it’s planning to switch from USB-A to USB-C for the Lightning charging cables included in the box. A clue in the iOS 13 developer beta points to one of those two options. New case renders from accessory maker Olixar show a an iPhone 11 with a Lightning port, so we’re guessing Apple is switching from USB-A to USB-C for the Lightning cables included in the box.
New iPhone 11 leaks point to a radically different square-shaped rear camera inside of a familiar-looking design, and an expected release date falling in September 2019.
Aside from the camera bump, Apple isn’t expected to offer a massive design update with the iPhone 11. Instead, this iOS 13-toting phone is shaping up to be another incremental update, just like last year’s iPhone XS was over the iPhone X.
Apple may replace Face ID for Touch ID in China
The other big iPhone news this week has to do with Apple’s plans to reinvigorate sales in China by offering a cheaper iPhone alternative. Apple may replace its current Face ID technology for a cheaper in-screen fingerprint scanner that would allow the company to lower production costs and reduce its iPhone prices in this market, according to a report in Chinese newspaper Global Times, cited in MacRumors. The US’s trade war with China and competition from other Chinese manufacturers offering phones at much lower prices have contributed to declining sales for Apple.
Apple will likely stick with Face ID as its main form of biometric identification, but the company may choose to include both and in-screen Touch ID and Face ID in the global versions of the 2019 iPhones.
New iPhone 11 display
We’ve heard that the iPhone XI will have a 5.8-inch display, just like the iPhone XS, but with smaller bezels. The same source says to expect space grey, gold, silver and blue colors.
The size of the phone is a hotly contested one though – while some reports say it’ll stay the same size, others suggested the main iPhone 11 will be a bit bigger, and there are too many contradicting voices so we can’t say anything with any degree of certainty.
There’s seemingly some confusion over the iPhone 11 Max screen as well, with one report claiming it’ll have the same sized display as the iPhone XS Max (at 6.5 inches), while a separate claim reckons Apple will increase it to a sizable 6.7 inches.
One of the more recent leaks takes the form of CAD (computer-aided design) images of the three rumored phones, complete with screen sizes of apparently 5.8 inches for the iPhone 11, 6.5 for the iPhone 11 Max, and 6.1 for the iPhone 11R. Those sizes are our best guess for now, but still far from certain.
We’ve also heard that the iPhone 11R might have an LCD screen, while the other two are OLED.
iPhone 11 price
The iPhone XS Max is one of the most expensive phones ever, starting at $1,149, while the iPhone XS costs $999. The iPhone XR is a more reasonable $749. There’s no reason to expect that Apple won’t stick with the same pricing tiers for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R.
However, Apple could go more mid-range with the iPhone 11R (perhaps closer to $600) to compete with the likes of Google’s Pixel 3a ($399) and Pixel 3a XL ($479), which deliver remarkably good cameras for a very aggressive price tag.