APPLE is keeping mum about the top-secret 2019 iPhone, but we’ve already clocked the most likely iPhone 11 release date.
Even better, The Sun has tracked down the latest iPhone news, leaks and rumours – and mustered up some expert predictions from an Apple boff, revealing the price, specs and features to expect.
What is the iPhone 11? All you need to know
The iPhone 11 is what we’re calling Apple’s next smartphone, expected to launch later in 2019.
The handset is tipped to be a direct sequel to last year’s iPhone models, and will likely boast powerful specs, an amazing camera, and a swanky design.
But there’s confusion about the name: what do you call the phone that comes after the iPhone XS or iPhone XR?
The “X” stands for “10”, so people suspect that the next handset will be dubbed iPhone XI or iPhone 11 – but we won’t know until Apple makes an official announcement, which won’t happen for some time.
iPhone 11 release date – when is Apple’s new iPhone 2019 out?
Apple is a creature of habit, sticking to an obvious pattern for iPhone releases each year.
The big launch event always takes place in September, and generally falls early on in the month – on a Tuesday or Wednesday, typically.
This year, the likeliest dates for an Apple event are Tuesday, September 10 or Wednesday, September 11.
Our money is on the former, so mark it in your calendars.
Of course, the iPhone won’t actually arrive in stores on launch day – you’ll have to wait about a week and a half to actually buy one.
Pre-orders will likely become available on Friday, September 13.
And our best guess is that the phone will turn up in your local Apple Store on Friday, September 25.
iPhone 11 specs and features – the latest news and rumours
We’re still a long way off the iPhone 11 launch, so rumours are thin on the ground.
We’ll likely see a ramping-up of iPhone 11 news in summer once the handset’s design has been finalised – and details start leaking out from Apple’s supply chain.
What we do know is that Apple will almost certainly introduce a new smartphone processor.
Each year Apple upgrades its A-series chips to give new iPhones boosted performance.
We’re expecting an Apple A13 chipset for the iPhone 11 – which will likely provide significant speed boosts.
The Sun spoke to mobile expert Dan Ives, a top industry watcher who believes we’ll see three cameras on the back of the new iPhone.
“This next phone will all be about triple rear-camera capabilities, with enhanced optical lens capabilities a major selling point,” said Dan, a Managing Director at Wedbush Securities.
“There could also be significantly enhanced face recognition technology and some other hardware/design enhancements to catalyse upgrades.”
Many Apple rivals are expected to launch 5G smartphones in 2019 – taking advantage of superfast 5G phone networks rolling out in the UK this year.
But it’s widely reported that Apple won’t launch a 5G handset until 2020.
iPhone 11 price – how much will Apple’s 2019 iPhone cost?
Last year, Apple rocked the smartphone world by massively increasing the cost of an iPhone.
The entry-level model – the iPhone XR – was priced at £749, which was the most expensive “starter” iPhone to date.
And the more premium iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max cost a ludicrously high £999 to £1,449.
Apple faced plenty of criticism over the pricing, and even downgraded its sales forecasts for the costly models in early 2019.
So how will Apple price its new smartphone?
Expert analyst Dan Ives, of Wedbush Securities, told The Sun that we’re expecting at least two iPhone models this year.
The top model will likely keep a similar price, while the base model will get even cheaper.
“While the next version of [iPhone] XS will have similar £1,000 price points, we believe the next version of [iPhone] XR will have price tags in the £600 range – a 20% cut from the £740 today,” he explained.
He said Apple needs “to lose their pricing hubris” on the iPhone XR, and focus on Chinese customers who are less willing to pay over the odds for smartphones – given the cheaper handsets widely available locally.
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