The three new iPhone 11 models will be camera-focused
The iPhone 11 launch date is all but certain: we’ll be seeing the phone on the date we predicted – Monday, September 10, according to the Apple invite we got.
We’re also starting to see some real, solid iPhone 11 leaks. We have an idea of how the upgraded handset will look – and what features Apple will include.
If you’re not up to speed with what’s coming out of the iPhone 2019 rumor mill, then prepare for some disappointment: the new iPhone range looks like it will just be an incremental upgrade. We’ve got some experience sifting through these rumors – we’ve been at it for over a decade – and nothing we’ve picked up suggests anything more than that.
What does that mean? Well, a similar shape and size to previous launches (with three phones mooted for unveiling at the new iPhone 11 launch) but they won’t bring amazing changes just now.
If you’re interested in what’s coming next, then we’re predicting 5G, whether the Lightning connector will finally get dropped, and possibly even a foldable phone – but either way, that won’t be happening until we see the next iPhone in 2020 at the very least.
New iPhone 11 release date
iPhone 11 launch date: September 10, 2019
iPhone 11 pre-order date: September 13, 2019
iPhone 11 release date: September 20, 2019
Apple has confirmed its next launch event, and it’s happening on Monday, September 10 at 10am PT.
Like every year, we did some sleuthing around the possible iPhone 11 release date beforehand, so we always had a pretty good idea when was coming.
This date allows Apple to ship its iPhones into retail channels well before the holiday rush, and is now a well-trodden path to do such. As for the new iPhone 11 pre-order date, Apple tends to open this on the Friday following the launch, which would be September 13 by our calculations.
Finally, the new iPhone 11 release date – the day when you’ll actually be able to get your hands on the handset for the first time – seems very likely to be a week later on Friday September 20, if previous releases are anything to go by.
That prediction was bolstered by an analyst from Wedbush claiming that the three new iPhones launched in 2019 will all go on sale at the same time – the iPhone 11, 11 Max and 11R would all be on sale at the same time thanks to the production process being so much more mature this year – again, suggesting little in the way of upgrades.
And it might not be just the new iPhone range that launches on this date, we may well also get the Apple Watch 5 then too.
New iPhone 11 price: will it still be $1,000?
iPhone 11 price likely to start around $999 (£999, AU$1,579)
There could be a new price strategy
The iPhone 11 price is almost certain not to drop this year – especially for the ‘main’ new iPhone. After all, Apple priced both the iPhone XS and iPhone X starting at $999 (£999, AU$1,579) and without a massive change to the design or functionality, a price hike doesn’t seem likely.
With news that Apple isn’t selling as many iPhones as it previously forecast, there’s a chance the iPhone 11 will be priced more affordably – although we reckon a price freeze, rather than a reduction, is a more likely move by Apple.
That said, the new iPhone 11R could be a touch cheaper – depending on the new camera technology. A less-costly iPhone than last year (where the iPhone XR debuted for $749 / $749) could happen if not a lot changes to the hardware… but if Apple goes with the higher-power camera, then the same price is likely to be maintained, in our opinion.
The addition of the iPhone 11 Pro rumor – which, it has to be noted, is based on a single tweet (one that does have some form in getting the naming right of past iPhones) – would suggest a price hike for the phones.
But given analysts are suggesting that the new phones will ‘lack novelty’, we’re not expecting the inflated cost that would bring.
New iPhone, iPhone 11 or iPhone XI?
What will Apple call the iPhone 2019? It’s a tricky one: Apple has backed itself into a corner with the name. Roman numerals could well remain, but how does the iPhone XI follow the iPhone XS?
Apple has been staunch on verbally calling the handsets the ‘iPhone 10’ and ‘iPhone 10-S’. With that in mind, the iPhone XI seems to make the most sense, but then – if the older models remain – there will be an X, an XS and an XI (along with an XR) – and iPhone 11 is easier to understand.