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iPhone 11: New iPhone Release Date, Specs, Price and Leaks

Latest News (Update June 26)
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.
A leaked document that’s purportedly a Verizon marketing calendar suggests a late September launch for the iPhone 11.
Don’t expect 5G in this year’s iPhones. One analyst says Apple will launch two 5G iPhones in 2020.

Apple announced the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR on Sept. 12, 2018, but the company staggered the actual release dates for the phones. The iPhone XS and XS Max were available for preorder Sept. 14 and they went on sale Sept. 21. The iPhone XR was up for preorder Oct. 19 and hit stores Oct. 26.

MORE: iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max vs. iPhone XR

If Apple follows a similar pattern for 2019, it would announce the 2019 iPhones on Sept. 10, which is a Tuesday. The handsets would likely go on preorder Sept. 13 and go on sale Sept. 20. But, it’s a long time between now and September.

Leaker Evan Blass tweeted out a Verizon marketing document that suggests a late September launch date for this year’s iPhones. There’s some question about what the word “launch” means in this context — is it when Apple announces the new phones or is it when they go on sale at carriers like Verizon? If the latter, that means a similar time frame to last year, but if it’s a late September date for the launch event, that could mean the iPhone 11 has a later debut than we’ve become accustomed to in recent years.

You can get a sense of some of the features coming to this year’s iPhones in July, when a public beta of iOS 13 arrives. (Developers can already download the beta.) That’s the new version of iOS that will come pre-installed on this year’s iPhone, and it introduces new features like Dark Mode as well as enhancements to existing apps like Photos and Maps.

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.

Cameras: An eye on three lenses
Apple’s current iPhones offer solid cameras, but they’re not the best camera phones out there. Flagships like the Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro are better, especially in low light. One of the most popular iPhone rumors centers on whether Apple will opt for a triple camera array in its 2019 iPhones.

MORE: iPhone XS and XS Max Benchmarked: World’s Fastest Phones (Again)

We don’t know much about the chip right now, but if history is any indication, look for it to be even more powerful than the A12 Bionic chip you can get in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. That enhanced power usually translates to better processing power and better graphics performance, but we expect another leap in machine learning via Apple’s neural engine, which could make AR apps that much more immersive.

A bigger change could be coming in 2020. That’s when Apple could shift to a 5-nanometer design for its mobile processors, according to a Digitimes report. The A12 Bionic is a 7-nanometer chip. The switch would likely mean a faster, more efficient processor.

Don’t expect 5G
While other smartphone makers are offering 5G phones this year, including Samsung, LG and OnePlus, it looks like Apple is sitting out the first wave. A report in Bloomberg says that Apple likely won’t deliver a 5G iPhone until 2020. This may not be a huge deal, as the major carriers will be rolling out their networks throughout 2019.

MORE: Apple’s Sitting Out the 5G Party — It’s the Right Move

One of the reasons Apple may have held out on adding 5G support to its phones is a years-long legal dispute with Qualcomm, which makes the 5G modems appearing in most 5G-ready phones debuting this year. Apple’s current supplier, Intel, was ramping up its 5G modem production, causing some concern that a 5G iPhone may not even be ready by 2020. However, Apple and Qualcomm just resolved their dispute, so it’s likely the 5G iPhone is back on track for next year. A separate report in The Information says that Apple is looking to develop its own modem, but that may not happen for a few years, especially after the settlement between Apple and Qualcomm.

Don’t despair about 5G, though — connectivity could improve on the next iPhone if Apple adds support for Wi-Fi 6 to this year’s models. That comes from a Barclays analyst note obtained by MacRumors, and it would mean faster connectivity for the new phones.

Design: A notch — with a twist
Most reports suggest that Apple won’t change its iPhone design much in 2019. And that would suggest that the company will keep the same notch design it introduced with the iPhone X in 2017 and doubled down on with the new iPhone lineup in 2018.

iPhone X may be delayed until next year.

Apple may not be able to meet demand for the highly anticipated iPhone X until the first half of 2018, according to a note from a top analyst obtained and reported by Apple Insider.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said in the note to investors he now estimates Apple will be able to produce just 40 million handsets before the end of the year, down from an earlier estimate of 50 million.

The backup, Kuo estimates, will result in 2018 iPhone X shipments in the 80 million to 90 million range.

Apple has previously told CNBC it had built the shipping dates into its forecasts.

Still, analysts anticipate delays stemming from supposed issues with the OLED edge-to-edge screen and the complex new Face ID facial recognition system.

The extent of the delays have been previously unknown, giving some analysts, and likely potential buyers, pause.

“If you have consumers that place orders in early November, and they can’t get a phone until 2018, then I think it matters,” Toni Sacconaghi told CNBC’s “Fast Money: Halftime Report” earlier this week. “There are other attractive offerings out there. And while ecosystem loyalty is high, if you were hoping to get this great new phone in September, and now you’re waiting until 2018, I think you’ll get …. switchers.”

Sacconaghi, senior technology research analyst at Bernstein, said the backups could ultimately push buyers to rival phone-makers like Samsung.

Preorders for the coveted 10th anniversary iPhone model start Oct. 27, more than a month after preorders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which began Friday. The iPhone X is expected to start shipping on Nov. 3.

— CNBC’s Anita Balakrishnan contributed to this report.

Samsung Admits Battery To Blame For Note 7 Disaster

Samsung announced that problems with battery design and manufacturing were the causes of the Note 7’s catastrophic failure, leading to the recall of nearly 4.3 million devices last fall due to spontaneous combustion, at a cost of at least $5 billion.

The results were presented at a press conference in Seoul Monday morning by President of the Mobile Communications Business Dongjin Koh, and independent experts from UL, Exponent, and TÜV Rheinland.

Koh said that Samsung set up a special test facility to replicate the conditions that led to the Note 7 fires. Samsung tested more than just the batteries, though, running tests on the Note 7’s software, fast charging technology, USB type C port, iris scanner, + waterproofing features.

None of these issues were found to be related to the combustion problem, however.

The investigators instead found, as many outside observers had predicted, that the problems lay in the lithium ion batteries, both the “Battery A” from the original devices and the “Battery B” that was rushed into replacement phones.

 

A combination of design + manufacturing mistakes at companies A and B, which were respectively identified as Samsung SDI and ATL by The Wall Street Journal last weekmeant that the original batteries + the replacement ones issued had their own unique fire risks.

Samsung and the investigators did not name “Company A” or “Company B,” though. (neither Samsung SDI nor ATL have yet issued statements.)

Sajeev Jesudas, President of UL’s Consumer Business Unit, described the problems found in the original batteries and the replacement ones. The original, Battery A, was deformed on the upper left and right hand corners when placed inside its casing, and the deformation was exacerbated by thin separators and the battery’s high energy density. The stress this put on Battery A meant that the separator could not keep the aluminum and copper foils from touching, which can cause an internal short circuit.

That is, because there wasn’t enough space around the corners, the battery folded up on itself and its internal safeguards wore away to the point of catastrophic failure.

In contrast, Battery B showed internal short circuits in different spots. And Battery B samples met Samsung’s current, temperate, and voltage safety standards. But, these batteries were found to often lack insulation tape and also have improperly welded joints. Battery B suffered less from design flaws than from manufacturing mistakes that were not caught in quality control before shipping out.

This was likely due to Battery B being hurried out as a replacement for Battery A by Samsung, to keep the Note 7 on the market. And ATL just couldn’t handle the demand, according to USA Today. That said, separator thinness and high power density also put stress on Battery B, given that it shared Battery A’s design, a design that originated not with SDI or ATL, but Samsung itself.

“iPhone 7” Apple’s next flagship iPhone is expected to arrive in September

  • New dual-camera system
  • Thinner iPhone 6-like design w/ redesigned antenna lines
  • 32GB base storage, 256GB option
  • New darker ‘Space Black’ color option
  • Redesigned Force Touch Home Button
  • Removal of 3.5mm headphone jack

The iPhone 7 is looking less likely to be a major ‘tick’ update – with a completely fresh design – and more like a ‘tock’ update, with a design looking much like the existing iPhone 6/6S. So much so that we recently discussed if Apple might reconsider the expected iPhone 7 branding for the next iPhone.

The reports kicked off back in April suggesting that the iPhone 7 may not offer ‘many attractive selling points.’ Since then, we’ve seen a succession of reports and leaks appearing to support the view that the exterior design will look similar to existing models, just with tidier antenna lines and possibly a slightly thinner profile. We may finally see the base model change to 32GB, with a 32/64/256GB line-up.

One controversial change we’re expecting is for Apple to drop the 3.5mm headphone socket, relying instead on Lightning headphones or wireless ones Bluetooth headphones. We previously reported that Apple was developing truly wireless earbuds, but it’s unclear if Apple plans to debut those in time for the iPhone 7 launch.

The iPhone 7 Plus – or possibly Pro – looks set to get a dual-camera setup. It appears that the smaller model isn’t going to get this, though a larger lens shown in alleged leaked images of the smaller model does suggest some kind of camera upgrade. At least one report claimed the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 would get optical image stabilization, a feature that was previously available only on the larger 5.5-inch iPhone models.