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The hype is building, can you feel it? Apple is about to announce its next iteration of iPhones, and the internet is driving itself wild speculating on prices, designs and features.
Seriously, we are only one day away from finding out what the new phone will look like and we still have no idea what to expect.
The iPhone X was the last big update to the franchise, with last year’s iPhone XR and XS/XS Max building on the design. However, it disappointed some fans who were looking for something a bit more impressive.
And while we shouldn’t expect Apple to totally revolutionise the iPhone in 2019, we can expect some big upgrades.
2020 is shaping up to be the really exciting time for smartphones, with 5G data connections properly coming into play and a bigger consumer demand for longer batteries, better cameras and higher-quality displays.
Can Apple deliver again in time for such a big change and bring iPhones back on top? Read on to find out.
Apple iPhone 11 release date – When is it coming out?
We don’t mean to brag, but our early predictions the Apple iPhone 11 launch will be on September 10 appears to have held water, as Apple invited a selection of journos and influences to Cupertino, California last week to see the new handsets.
Rumours online are also gathering steam about us seeing three different handsets of the iPhone – the iPhone XI, XI Max, and the XIR – much like 2019’s release slate.
We, unfortunately, didn’t get an invite to Apple’s launch, but we will be sure to get all the details for you on the day.
Apple iPhone 11 name – What will it be called?
We would be extremely surprised if Apple was so unimaginative as to call its new flagship phone the iPhone 11, but that is the next numerical possibility in the series.
The X, and its subsequent upgrades the XS, took the world by surprise when they weren’t called the iPhone 10 (although you do say X as 10), so maybe Apple will surprise us again and give us something new.
Some fans suggest the new Apple handsets will be called the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Plus, which makes sense, but its all getting a bit of a mouthful now, isn’t it.
Also, this update to the series doesn’t seem like it will be enough to warrant the work ‘Pro’ being attached to it. Most are expecting this handset to be a bit of a disappointing upgrade to the series but, with much larger battery and the triple-camera set up will be enough to tempt consumers into buying.
We keep hearing rumblings that we will be getting the iPhone 11, 11R and the 11+ and, if Apple continue to follow the trend, it might be written as an XI, just to remind us all of the Roman Numerals.
Apple iPhone 11 camera – One for the photographers?
The one place where Apple will be significantly upgrading the iPhone is with the camera – if the online rumours are to be believed.
Several trusted iPhone leakers claim the front-facing camera will jump from 7MP to 12MP, making your selfies look a bit better, but the most important rumour is the potential for a triple-lens set-up, similar to other smartphones on the market.
One for wide-angle shots, a normal lens for taking night photos and a zoom-option. There are also rumblings the tech behind the camera could enhance your images using AI behind the scenes, making it one of the best camera phones available if this is all to be believed.
Some leaked images online show a square, block for the rear camera, which doesn’t look as obtrusive as you might initially think. It need all that space on the back of the phone to fir the three lenses and you’ll probably be thankful for the tech when your pictures come out looking that impressive.
Apple iPhone 11 design – What will it look like?
It is way too early to start predicting design and features at this point, but we can make some educated guesses.
It will almost certainly keep the same shape and look as previous iPhones, with a glass screen and a glass back.
The notch is almost definitely going to stay (sorry if you hate that), and the home button is unlikely to return.
However, rumours have circled the camera will now be centred on the top-middle of the phone instead of to the side, which would be a significant yet also weirdly meaningless change.
The camera has caused problems for iPhone users as it has stopped the phone from being able to lie flat on a surface, so we are hoping that they keep it in the same place, but just put the lens inside the phone.
It is likely to have the same sized screen as the XS (5.7-ish inches), but we certainly expect it to have the latest screen tech to make stuff look good.
You could be forgiven if you predict the new iPhone to have an even bigger screen as before, as it appears customers want more space to watch content.
Now that phones are getting into the Ultra HD space, bigger displays lend themselves perfectly to that.
Apple iPhone 11 5G connection – Will it have have 5G?
At this point it would be shocking if it didn’t, but we have seen conflicting rumours online that suggests otherwise.
Most other companies, including Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei, have all announced 2019 models to have 5G capabilities, so for Apple – the biggest company of them all – not to have a 5G handset would be huge.
We predict that 5G won’t be a big part of everyday life until at least late 2020, but that is exactly when the next iPhone should be selling well.
It is almost impossible to imagine Apple would limit its users to anything other than the latest internet speeds when all its competitors offer it, so we suggest not listening to online rumours and have faith that Apple is planning for next-gen connections.
Apple iPhone 11 fold – will the new iPhone be foldable?
Again, you could be forgiven for thinking Apple will be releasing a foldable phone, given that both Huawei and Samsung are dipping their toes into experimentation with the tech.
However, we don’t think the new iPhone will be a foldable one, simply because the tech isn’t really there yet.
Android is typically ahead of the curve when it comes to bringing new innovation to the market – they were the first to have longer batteries, wireless charging and edge-to-edge displays – and we think they will continue this trend this year.
Apple don’t seem to want to tussle in the tech war just yet, which might prove to be a wise move considering how much Samsung is struggling with their Galaxy Fold.
Apple iPhone 11 price – How much will it cost?
We don’t expect the iPhone 11 to be extortionately expensive, but you should still expect to pay quite a bit for the latest handset.
General consensus seems to suggest it will be roughly the same price as the XS when that released last year, which was around £899. Best start saving those pennies, then.
We will be updating this article with all the latest news, rumours and leaks, so keep it bookmarked to keep up to date with all things iPhone 11.