Sunday, August 25, 2019

Apple’s next iPhone is still some way off, but the rumour mill is already in full swing, with details about the new smartphone leaking out all over the place.

The device has been given a working title of “iPhone 11” or “iPhone XI” , but Apple’s naming convention went out the window with the launch of the iPhone X in 2017, so its actual name is anyone’s guess.

However, some choice details about the new iPhone have been leaked by trusted sources, helping to build up a picture of the devices coming out of Cupertino later this year.

There are expected to be three models of the new iPhone – a 5.8-inch model (to succeed the iPhone XS), a 6.5-inch model (to succeed the iPhone XS Max), and a 6.1-inch model (to succeed the iPhone XR).

While they will look fairly similar to the existing lineup, reports suggest there will be some interesting new features, including a triple camera system and two-way charging capabilities.

Here’s our roundup of everything we know so far about Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup.

Latest news

Apple’s next iPhone will be able to beam power to other gadgets wirelessly .

A new investor note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, seen by  9to5Mac  , states that  all three new iPhones in 2019  will support “bilateral wireless charging”.

This means that users will be able to place wireless charging-enabled devices on the back of their iPhone, and the phone will share power to that device.

So if your  AirPods  run out of charge on a long journey, for example, or a friend’s iPhone is out of juice, you will able to give them a quick power boost.

Release date

Apple almost always unveils its new iPhones in the first two weeks of September, with the new handsets going on sale about 10 days later.

It also tends to favour Tuesdays and Wednesdays for its events.

If we were to put money on it, we’d guess that the launch event will take place on Tuesday, September 10, with preorders opening on September 13 and the new devices hitting shelves on September 20.

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Price

There are no signs of Apple stepping away from its premium pricing structure, so the cost of the new devices is likely to be similar to the current line-up.

That means the 5.8-inch model will start at around £999, the 6.5-inch model will start at around £1,099, and the slightly lower-specced 6.1-inch model will start at around £799.

Design

An Apple iPhone Xs Max (R) and iPhone Xs (Image: Getty)

Apple’s next iPhones are expected to retain the same all-screen design as their predecessors, meaning no Home button, TouchID sensor or headphone jack.

The body of the phones will be made from glass and metal, to enable wireless charging, and will have a notch at the top of the screen to house the TrueDepth camera, for FaceID.

All three models will come with a frosted glass casing option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a track record of leaking accurate information on Apple products.

All in all, they will look almost identical to their predecessors.

Camera

It appears to have three rear cameras (Image: On leaks/Digital India)

Apple is reportedly working on a triple lens rear camera system , which will include one wide, one telephoto, and one ultra-wide lens, according to  9to5Mac .

An earlier report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claimed that the  triple camera system  would be made up of three 12-megapixel lenses, and would be capable of a five-times zoom effect.

However, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that only the 6.5-inch model will get the new camera system. The 6.1-inch and 5.8-inch models will have dual and single lens cameras respectively.

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Charging

USB Type-C port (Image: iStockphoto)

There has been much speculation about whether Apple’s iPhone 11,  could feature a USB-C charging port , instead of the Lightning port used on current models.

USB-C is the universal standard connector used to charge a wide range of electronic gadgets – from Android phones to tablets and laptops – and allows these devices to charge up much faster than previous versions of USB, which could only handle a limited amount of power.

Since Apple introduced USB-C to its iPad Pro in 2018, many Apple fans have been hoping that the next generation of iPhones would also feature the technology.

But the latest report from Japanese site  Macotakara  , which has connections to Apple’s Asian supply chain and accessory manufacturers, suggests that the company has no intention of ditching the iPhone’s Lightning port .

The site claims that Apple’s 2019 iPhones will come packaged with the same 5W charger and Lightning cable as previous models. This is seen as a cost saving measure, according to  9to5Mac  .

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Battery

In order to support two-way wireless charging, Kuo says that all three new iPhones will also get bigger batteries.

The analyst predicts that the 5.8-inch iPhone’s battery will increase by 20-25%, and the 6.5-inch iPhone Max’s battery will increase by 10-15%.

The battery in the 6.1-inch iPhone – the successor to the  iPhone XR  – will increase by just 0-5%, according to Kuo.

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Other features

All three models will feature ultra-wide band connectivity for indoor positioning and navigation, according to Kuo.

They could also have fully waterproof touchscreens , thanks to a new display technology that will be able to detect where your fingers are, even underwater.

“The next iPhones are probably going to have displays that work underwater,” said Max Weinbach  , who works for app development platform XDA. “They have a patent for it and are finally doing it.”

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