iPhone 11 release date and price rumours: What will we see from 2019's iPhones?

2019’s iPhones are almost certainly on their way, but your guess is as good as ours as to what they’ll be called. After all, there was no iPhone 9 – Apple skipped straight from iPhone 8 to 2017’s iPhone X. Other tech companies are culpable, too – has anyone ever seen Windows 9 or a OnePlus 4?

We certainly haven’t. So it’s impossible to know what the next iPhone will be called, but on the basis that this year’s iPhone Xs basically amounted to an iPhone 10.5, we’re tempted to put all our money on its successor being called the iPhone 11. Catchy, eh?

More importantly, though, what can we expect to see from the latest addition to Apple’s all-conquering range of flagship smartphones? The iPhone Xs and Xs Max, while both expensive, debuted with thunderous aplomb, and we were even more impressed by their “budget” sibling, the iPhone XR. Apple has got some serious work to do if it is to make further improvements.

Believe it or not, the first rumours about what we will see from the next iteration of iPhones have already surfaced. You’ll find the pick of these listed below, alongside a few of the features we would like to see on Apple’s next flagship smartphone. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming iPhone 11.

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iPhone 11: Everything you need to know

iPhone 11 leaks: What we know so far

The first leak we’ve seen is very early, but it looks like a pretty reputable one. That’s because respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made a name for himself in recent years, successfully predicting almost everything the California company will do, and he’s been back at it again with the iPhone 11. On 15 October, Kuo shared a research note with investors (via Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News), stating that Apple will continue to offer three iPhones in 2019, with the same general lineup seen in 2018.

That means a continuation of 5.8in and 6.5in OLED iPhones, as well as one 6.1in LCD model. Given that 2018 was seen as more of an “upgrade year” than a “new handset year”, this is slightly surprising news. You’d be forgiven for thinking that we were set to see more wholesale changes to the iPhone range in 2019 – perhaps larger displays, or a condensed lineup of handsets.

(Above: iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max)

One of the most popular rumours doing the rounds concerns the next iPhone’s camera arrangement. The same Taiwanese publication reports a research note from Deutsche Securities analyst Jialin Lu, who claims that 2019’s iPhones will sport a triple-array rear-camera setup, like that found on the Huawei P20 Pro. The new camera’s design would allow for improved 3D sensors that use stereoscopic vision, as previously reported by MacRumors. The 3D sensing, in particular, is likely to be used for augmented-reality purposes, an area in which Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously expressed his interest.

According to The Korea Herald, Apple is “mulling something that its late founder Steve Jobs had outright rejected – adding a stylus to its iPhone”. To date, there have been two iterations of the Apple Pencil, accompanying both the iPad Pro in 2015 and the 2018 iPad.

iPhone 11 release date and price rumours: What will we see from 2019's iPhones?

(Above: iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max) We haven’t seen Apple’s stylus alongside an iPhone yet, but that’s not to say it isn’t possible.

Samsung’s excellent Galaxy Note 9 provides but one example of how a smartphone and a stylus can operate together in perfect harmony. Inside, you can expect to find an upgrade to Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, most likely called the ‘A13 Bionic’, or something similar. Indeed, industry analysts have already told the EE Times that Apple has agreed a deal with long-time collaborators TSMC to supply the internal processor for 2019’s iPhones.

Expect more power, faster performance and even more intelligent programming.

iPhone 11 release date: When will you be able to buy one?

This particular question is perennially difficult to answer. Thankfully, when it comes to iPhones, Apple tends to abide by tradition. Its last three flagship iPhones were announced on 21 September (iPhone Xs), 12 September (iPhone X) and 22 September (iPhone 8) in 2018, 2017 and 2016 respectively.

It only seems natural, then, that the iPhone 11 will follow this release schedule. You should be able to buy one in October next year, just in time to pick one up as a particularly generous Christmas gift.

iPhone 11 release date and price rumours: What will we see from 2019's iPhones?

(Above: iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max)

iPhone 11 price: How much will it cost?

Again, it’s difficult to imagine that even Apple itself currently knows the answer to this question. One thing is for certain, however: it will be eye-wateringly expensive.

Since the iPhone X became the first smartphone to break the GBP1,000 barrier back in 2017, the iPhone Xs has retailed for the same price, with the Xs Max starting at GBP1,100 (and that’s for the most basic version!) Alas, we can only anticipate that this particularly unsavoury trend will continue. Expect the iPhone 11 to debut somewhere in the region of GBP1,000-GBP1,200.

iPhone 11 Plus: Will there be a bigger version?

The short answer is: yes.

Apple’s latest phones almost always debut alongside a beefed-up sibling. The iPhone Xs Max and iPhone 8 Plus provide but two examples.

iPhone 11 release date and price rumours: What will we see from 2019's iPhones?

(Above: iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max) If history is anything to go by, the two handsets will look very similar on the inside and be separable only by their batteries, displays and price tags.

iPhone 11 features: What we’d like to see

First and foremost, we’d like the iPhone 11 to offer 5G support.

It’s the hot topic on everyone’s lips at the moment, what with Qualcomm recently claiming to have demonstrated the first 5G connection the world has ever seen.

5G is set to offer download speeds of up to 20Gbit/sec – enough to download a one-hour TV show in less than six seconds. We may be a year too soon on the bandwagon, however. Intel recently unveiled its new XMM 8160 chip, which will offer 5G support, but looks set to start rolling it out in the latter part of 2019, meaning any Apple equivalent is hugely unlikely to surface before that time.

At the moment, 5G connectivity on an iPhone 12 in 2020 looks like a much safer bet. Elsewhere, we’d like to see a radical departure from what seems to have become Apple’s template for iPhone design. It’s not that the current handsets look bad, it’s just that they’re starting to get a tad predictable.

Wireless charging would also be a welcome addition. Apple’s AirPower technology has long been in the works, but its release has been consistently delayed since it was first announced last year. READ NEXT: 5G and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 confirmed for OnePlus 7

A uniform wireless-charging device for all Apple products, akin to Google’s Pixel Stand, would save loyal Apple customers money, as well as the hassle of having different chargers for each of their devices.

Be sure to keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates about the upcoming iPhone 11 (or is it iPhone XI?)

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