iPhone 11 Rumor Roundup: Triple-Camera? Switching from Lightning to USB-C? Larger Battery Capacity?
It is rumored that Apple will be releasing three new iPhone models in September of this year: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R. As the release date gets closer and closer, the internet has been ablaze with discussions about this new “iPhone XI” series of devices and what features they might have.
Read on for a recap of all the major rumors surrounding the iPhone 11.
While some rumors have placed the base storage space for the XI series at 128GB, across the board, very little has been confirmed regarding the iPhone 11’s storage capabilities. If the above is in fact true, then the, most likely storage options for the XI series will be 128GB (replacing 64GB), 256GB, and 512GB. As with other iPhones, it is highly unlikely that the XI series will feature expandable memory.
Leaked prototypes seem to confirm the long-running rumor that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will come equipped with triple-lens rear cameras, while the more affordable iPhone 11R will retain the dual-lens camera. The additional lens will almost certainly be a wide-angle lens, to complement the primary and telephoto lenses of the previous iPhone generation. In terms of resolution, the most commonly cited figure has the new wide-angle lens at 12 megapixels with a 120-degree FOV. All three phones will come equipped with a main lens and telephoto lens. On the iPhone XS series, both the main and telephoto lenses were 12MP, with a maximum optical zoom of 2X. While it’s possible that this will remain unchanged in the XI series, it’s also possible that Apple will want to try and keep pace with camera-focused competitors like Huawei.
Appearance and Design
The iPhone 11 is expected to measure in at 143.9 x 71.4 x 7.8 mm, which is slightly larger and thicker than the iPhone XS’s 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, though the exact numbers remain a matter of dispute. The new triple camera setup will likely add 1.2mm to the device’s thickness. The iPhone 11 Max will reportedly measure 157.6 x 77.5 x 8.1 mm, compared to the iPhone XS Max at 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm.
In addition to the obvious changes to the camera array, there will likely be other, not-so-obvious changes. The iPhone 11 will still have the top-mounted notch that once attracted so much controversy, but it will now be slightly smaller. The back of the phone will still be glass, though there are rumors that it will be frosted, like the Pixel 3.
While reactions to the strange, square-shaped design of the camera array have been tepid at best, there are a number of ways that Apple might try to make the camera bump slightly less of an eyesore. The first is that Apple will use a special black coating to hide the lens part. The other is that the back of the iPhone 11 will be made of just a single panel of glass, including the camera bump, which will help de-emphasize it.
Display and Performance
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will likely be equipped with a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED screen, respectively, while the iPhone 11R will likely have a 6.1-inch LCD screen. In other words, all three device screens will remain unchanged, at least dimensions-wise, from their 2018 counterparts.
While the rumor mill has remained relatively quiet on matters of performance, much has been speculated regarding the new-and-improved A13 chip, which will be featured in all three XI phones. The new chip serves as a great base for the new iOS 13. The iPhone 11 series will be the first iPhones to be shipped with iOS 13, and it seems poised to take advantage of the new processing power and operating system. The rumored bilateral wireless charging, for instance, would allow users to charge their AirPods, or other Qi-enabled devices, with their iPhone, much like the Galaxy S10’s PowerShare feature.
With the addition of bilateral charging comes the need for a much larger battery. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted improved battery life across the board, with the 11R increasing by a modest 0 to 5 percent compared to its 2018 predecessor, the 11 Max by 10 to 15 percent, and the 11 by up to 20 to 25 percent.
iPhone 11 Cable
Last fall, Apple unexpectedly changed the charging port of the iPad Pro from Lightning to USB-C. Apple has many reasons to go the USB-C route with the iPad Pro, including faster charging and compatibility with the multitude of USB-C peripherals out there. After all, no one likes having to look for cable adapters.
There was no indication that Apple would introduce USB-C to the new iPhone 11, but a new discovery in the iOS 13 beta seems to indicate that this is possible:
A Twitter user from France noticed a new graphic on-screen when his phone entered recovery mode (when a phone crashes and must be plugged into a computer). His screen depicted an image of a cable and a laptop, though rather than a lightning connector, the cable depicted had a USB-C connector.
However, this would contradict the rumor that Apple will include an 18W charging adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable with the iPhone 11. Seeing as the USB-C connector in the image is facing the laptop (it’s worth noting that Apple has started using USB-C ports on all its laptops), it’s possible that it is simply reflecting the new cables being shipped with the iPhone. Whether or not this turns out to be true remains to be seen, but it would be a much-appreciated change.
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