We're in full leak season right now as we lead up to the release of Apple's iPhone 11 series. While Apple is yet to confirm the final design, case factories have been offering a steady stream of information from design concepts to dummy phones. Here's everything we know right now.
With most of the major Android smartphone makers having unveiled their flagship models for 2019, attention now shifts to Cupertino to see what Apple has in store. Although some improvements are predictable, there are some that updates that we should while there are a few wild cards out there as well. What can we expect from the 2019 iPhone?
Leaks typically occur during the months preceding a release as Apple needs to provide the case and accessory companies with dummy models to ensure their products fit. These dummy models typically show the physicality of upcoming releases but leave the software features to your imagination.
This latest leak comes from YouTuber Marques Brownlee who got his hands on of these dummy iPhone 11 models and released a seven-minute video about it. In it, he claims the dummies are the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R. So, as we edge closer to the months when Apple traditionally announces and releases new iPhone models, we take a look at what we actually know and what we can reasonably predict about the upcoming releases.
The leak was quite light on specs but the camera is an obvious change in design. Despite some considering it looks like a hideous phone butt, the three-camera array might finally allow Apple to keep up with the competition in terms of camera quality. It's supposed to offer advanced 3D-sensing and stereoscopic vision, according to Bloomberg, with the front-facing ('selfie') camera featuring an upgrade to 12 megapixels.
In terms of processing power, there's really no information but it'll likely be an upgrade of the A12 Bionic chips the current models are using now. Design-wise, Apple looks to be keeping their controversial notch but minimising its presence.
Last year, Apple released their most expensive phones ever. The iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max retailed for $1229, $1629 and $1,799 respectively. Apple is unlikely to change this pricing schedule with an introduction of an improved camera and processor. If this is the case, Apple won't offer a mid-tier entry to compete with Google's Pixel series or even the Oppo Reno Z.
Most people, however, pay for this huge cost within their monthly plans so expect around $100 per month in repayments and service charges.
Previous iPhone models are usually announced in early September and released to retailers a few weeks later in October. We suspect Apple will continue with this release model as it seems to be working pretty well for them. A leak of a US telco Verizon document, by leaker Evan Blass, suggests a "late-ish" launch could be on the table for the iPhone this year.
In the meantime, if you're not looking to get the latest model, check out this interactive table for the best deals available for the current iPhone XR.
[Via Tom's Guide]