iPhone 11: what we know so far

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In recent years, Apple phones have set the benchmark for everything a smartphone should be - both inside and out.

The inimitable iPhone XS, for example, boasted a powerful A12 bionic chip, advanced face ID and smooth edge-to-edge display. While it’s cousin, the XR, sported much of the same cutting-edge tech, but with a smaller price-tag.

Question is: what will Apple’s next flagship have to offer? Well, as it turns out, we won’t have to wait long to find out - that’s according to the internet, at least.

Indeed, tech-watchers predict the iPhone 11 could go on sale sometime in October and, from what we’ve seen so far, it’ll boast some of the most eye-wateringly impressive features on an iPhone to-date.

Let’s dive straight in:

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Design

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Leaked renders purporting to show the phone present a sleek device with plenty of screen real-estate along with the iPhone XS’s trademark notch.

However, most of the supposedly leaked images circulating around the web so far focus on the back of the phone, which houses three rear cameras at the top right hand-corner in a triangular setup.

It’s unclear right now whether the cameras will feature under the glass design or above it. But while three rear cameras might look a bit clunky to some, we think the former design will be more pleasing on the eye should Apple opt for it.

And, to be honest, while the device does look a lot like its predecessor, we’re not really complaining - the XS is still an elegant looking phone, after all. We can’t help but think, though, that Apple will have to pull something special out of the bag with the iPhone 11’s tech to keep up with the competition.

Looking for news about the successor to the XR instead? Head to our iPhone XR 2019 rumours round-up.

Specs and features

Processor

Here’s the big news: according to a recent Bloomberg report, Apple has already started to mass-produce its newest processor, the Bionic A13, in preparation for an iPhone 11 rollout later this year.

There’s not much in the way of details about the chip-set on the web, but if the A12 is anything to go buy - not to mention the top-drawer tech the phone is reported to house - it’ll be a powerful bit of kit indeed. Expect a smarter, more useful Siri, Artificial Intelligence-aided (AI) image editing, improved augmented reality, quicker processing speeds and a greater battery life, to boot.

Battery

iPhone battery

What can we expect from the iPhone 11 battery? Well, if rumours are anything to by, it’ll clock in somewhere between 3,250 - 3,500mAh.

Pundits also reckon the device will support reverse wireless charging, and fast-charging is also rumoured to be included in the box, too. In short, a significant step-up from the XS and plenty big enough to last the whole day.

Display

Rumours suggest the iPhone 11’s screen clocks in at around 6.1 inches, with a larger model sporting a 6.5 screen - the same size as the XS Max.

If you were hoping for a smaller notch, though, we have some bad news - reputable leakers suggest Apple won’t embrace the nifty tear drop notch until at least 2020. Unsurprisingly, the phone is also expected to launch with an iOS 13 upgrade too.

Camera

As we say, the phone is rumoured to sport three cameras at the back and there’s talk of a 12-megapixel snapper at the front with TrueDepth camera system.

Brilliantly, tech-watchers also think the third rear-camera could feature Apple’s augmented reality vision. This impressive bit of kit can blend virtual objects with the real world, making games remarkably realistic.

All that said, opinions from pundits on what the camera will offer does differ, so take all of the above with a pinch of salt.

Storage

Naturally, a flagship handset should come with a hefty amount of storage and, according to rumours, the iPhone 11 is no exception. In fact, most pundits reckon storage options for the iPhone 11 will range from 64GB all the way to a whopping 512GB.

Colour

Typically, Apple is conservative when it comes to colour, opting for boring old black and white over anything particularly stand-outish. According to pretty much every report on the internet, though, the iPhone 11 will be and exception to this rule, and come in a number of cool colour variants, including lavender and green.

5G?

5G network

Here’s the thing: although 5G is already available in the UK, you won't be able to get those niffty super-fast speeds unless your phone is 5G compatible.

At the moment, even most new, top-of-the-range handsets, such as the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S10, just don’t have the functionality. And Apple has said it’s delaying the release of its own 5G phone until 2020 at the earliest. So, unless anything changes in that time, you’ll have to make do with plain old 4G for now.

Release date

In typical Apple fashion, we expect the iPhone 11 - assuming that’s actually what Apple calls it- to launch sometime in September, perhaps towards the middle.

This would tally with previous releases, and we expect pre-orders to begin on the Friday after the event. Like previous years, the launch will likely take place on a Tuesday.

Cost

Naturally, it won’t be cheap. If the XS and XS Max are anything to go by, you’ll likely spend around £999 for the 64GB version, £1,149 for the 256GB and £1,339 for the 512GB version.

Verdict

From what we’ve seen so far, then, the iPhone 11 is an impressive bit of kit. But is it really that much of a significant step-up from the XS? Hard to say. This really depends if these rumours turn out to be true.

In the meantime, make sure to check back in the coming weeks for the latest news - and eventually the best deals - on the iPhone 11.