Apple’s annual highlight event usually befalls every September, where the company announces its latest hardware. This year, Apple is speculated to introduce three new iPhone 11’s or iPhone XI to the market. However, with the device already heavily leaked, it’s uncertain how this will affect the launch.
Last year, Apple welcomed a new addition to the iPhone X line with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This year, Apple is reportedly set to do the same, and introduce the iPhone 11 or iPhone XI line with three installments.
Guilherme Rambo, a highly reliable source for everything about Apple, recently confirmed that the “iPhone 11” models are known as D42 (iPhone12,3), which will replace the iPhone XS; D43 (iPhone12,5) which will replace the iPhone XS Max; and N104 (iPhone12,1) which will replace the iPhone XR.
As of the moment, commercial names for the so-called iPhone 11 family remain unknown, and the specifics as to why the new wave of iPhones are tagged as D42, D43, and N104.
D42 and D43 will have a 3x OLED Retina display, while N104 will still feature the 2x Liquid Retina display, just like the current generation. All three iPhones will feature the same screen resolution as their predecessors.
Another thing the iPhone 11 family will retain is the lightning port. Although heavily speculated that the new iPhones will be replaced with USB-C ports because it was preferred on the iPad Pro last year, Apple has decided to keep it still on iPhones.
What’s new coming to the iPhones, however, is the new powerful Apple A13 chipset, internally known by its platform codename Cebu, model T8030.
Ice Universe, a Twitter user that leaks Apple information, details that the iPhone 11’s A13 SoC will maintain Apple’s one-year lead over its competition. The leaker also tweeted that Apple’s next-generation A13 processor will significantly “enhance the CPU multi-core performance,” while the new GPU is “still far beyond the Android camp’s SoC.”
The other thing, which has been one of the most blatant leaks in the past several months, is the big and bulging rear camera on the iPhone 11s.
Mark Gurnam, another Apple and tech journalist, post via Twitter that based on the leaked iPhone 11 molds, there will be three different cameras on the back of the three new iPhone 11s, other than the (relatively) cheaper model—that will replace the iPhone XR—N104.
Notably, the D42 and D43 will both house three lenses that can be used for standard, telephoto, and ultra-wide shots and videos. Meanwhile, N104 will boast only the standard and ultra-wide sensors.
Wide-angle cameras will be a first for Apple iPhones if leaks are proven to be true.
The front-facing camera on the iPhone 11 will also be upgraded, adding support for slo-mo recording at 120 fps.
In a dummy device review by Unbox Therapy on YouTube, the iPhone 11 appears to feature a noticeably larger front sensor than the iPhone XS, suggesting that Apple will debut an upgraded Face ID system on its iPhone 11 handsets.
However, in a smartphone era where everyone is trying to innovate devices to suit a full-screen display, Apple’s on-screen camera notch will still be seen on the iPhone 11s.
There is, however, more good news. Apple’s wide-angle camera introduces an innovation, particularly on how people take their wide-angle shots. Correctly, the camera is set to launch a feature called Smart Frame.
What Smart Frame does is it captures the area around the framed area in pictures and videos so that the user can adjust the framing or perform automatic perspective and crop corrections in post. The extra information will be retained for a limited period and discarded automatically afterward, for privacy reasons.
This year’s models will also feature a new type of Taptic Engine, known by the codename leap haptics. Essentially, it requires a slightly longer press compared to the current 3D touch and will arrive in all devices including iPad and iPod touch.
A Taipei-based outlet — that cites industry sources for touch module manufacturers (TPK and GIS) and key Apple suppliers — claims that “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.”
Apple has not been able to include 3D Touch in any iPad model since it debuted with the iPhone 6s. iOS 13, Apple’s upcoming software update is also rumored to arrive first with the iPhone 11s, brings Haptic Touch.
If anything like 2018’s iPhone lineup, pricing will likely start around $749 and $1,099 for the XS and XS Max successors.