All The Things You Need To Know About The Next iPhone: Improved Touch ID, Triangular Three Camera Set-Up And More
Barely enough time has elapsed since the release of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR for those owners to even figure out how to use their device, and already Apple is looking ahead. Their focus: the iPhone 11.
Apple’s next-generation iPhones may still be some way off, but that hasn’t done anything to stop the relentless barrage of rumours and speculation surrounding the device, or so-called iPhone XI lineup.
Expected to debut in September, the phones seem to be shaping up nicely; they are expected to be the first to boast triple camera systems, the first to offer USB-C and the first to ship with iOS 13, which is expected to bring a system-wide dark mode to iDevices.
We first saw Apple’s iPhone 11 mocked up in great detail, before it was later rendered to show us a sleek and refined design. Now, thanks to a talented graphic designer, these leaks have been used as a source of inspiration and intelligence, with the designer creating a video short to showcase a possible design of the Apple iPhone 11.
Here are all the rumours and speculations regarding the iPhone 11, courtesy of Apple oracle Ming-Chi Kuo.
As reported to 9to5Mac, the 2019 iPhones will have larger batteries and, in turn, even better battery life. Apple analyst Kuo expects the iPhone XS successor to pack a battery that’s 20 to 25 per cent larger, while the battery in the iPhone XS Max sequel could be around 10-15 per cent larger than last year’s model. The phone XR replacement isn’t expected to see such a big battery increased, with Kuo predicting it will grow between 0 and 5 per cent.
According to patents found by Patently Apple, the tech giant is now working on a new form of in-screen fingerprint sensor for its devices. It’s believed that the new version of Touch ID would allow you to put your finger anywhere on the screen to unlock your phone, instead of just in one spot as is the current requirement for most phones.
The Touch ID system would work through ‘acoustic imaging’, so waves sent from under the phone display would recognise your fingerprint wherever you put it on the screen.
Consequently, instead of having to put your finger in a particular place, you could put it anywhere – be that at the top of the screen, the side, even down the bottom. Either way, the waves will still know you’re trying to unlock your phone, making for a much more efficient form of phone access.
Kuo says the next-gen iPhone will support two-way charging. This means the next iPhone could share some battery juice with other iPhones or the new AirPods via its wireless charging case. If Kuo’s predictions are true, it shows Apple catching up to Samsung, whose newest Galaxy S10 phones can charge other devices like the Galaxy Buds earbuds and the Galaxy Watch Active.
Again, no announcement has been made as to when we can expect the iPhone 11 to be released. However, should Apple stick to its usual schedule, INQ’s putting its money on a 10 September unveiling, with pre-orders likely to kick off on 14 September.
Leaked schematics have backed up recent rumours that the iPhone 11 will sport a visually-offensive triple camera setup on its backside. The images released via Twitter tipster @OnLeaks, show that these three cameras will be housed inside a Huawei-esque square-shaped bulge, alongside a flash and an as-yet-unspecified additional sensor.
FYI, today's render is quite inaccurate... Actually, #iPhoneXI rear camera bump is much larger and the camera lenses, flash and mic are pretty differently arranged... pic.twitter.com/SRN4sRNWcc— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) March 15, 2019
More recently however, molds for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max show a rounded-square setting for the trio of lenses in a triangular formation, with the camera flash and microphone placed above and below the spoke of the triangle. An image uploaded to Twitter from a tech writer at Bloomberg seems to indicate that the updated iPhone XR will receive the same square housing, but with just two cameras.
Alleged next iPhone case moldings show what we discussed in our story last week in terms of new cameras. 3 on the high end, 2 on the new XR. Plus all models apparently getting a square, at least based on this one mold floating around. https://t.co/BhAFTZZL6u pic.twitter.com/QlNJTsApzX— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) May 13, 2019
Additionally, separate rumours claim Apple is also plotting changes to the front of its 2019 phones. The firm reportedly utilise an upgraded panel, alongside a sized-down Face ID modules, to reduce the size of the top-mounted notch.
Waterproof Display Technology
According to Max Weinbach, next-gen iPhones will feature a new “waterproof” display technology that will, allegedly at least, allow the screen to recognise gestures and taps when fully submerged under water.
Weinbach claims that Apple has been working on a new Taptic Engine with “directional precision” which, according to Weinbach, enables users to feel vibrations from various parts of the screen.
However, Weinbach cautions that although previous rumours claimed Apple’s long-anticipated ‘Dark Mode’ would debut in iOS 13, set to ship on the iPhone 11, Weinbach says that work on the feature is running “behind schedule”, adding that it’ll “probably” debut in iOS 13.1.