Technological upgrades, pricing changes, and good news about repairs: the leaks about Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 11 release just keep on coming. Set to launch on September 10th, the new lineup is expected to look a lot like the brand’s current offerings with just a handful of tweaks.
With its market domination slipping, Apple is under a lot of pressure to compete with the many robust features on Android-powered handsets offered by brands like Samsung. The iPhone’s sales performance has also been disappointing this year. Leaks have given us a picture of the changes the brand has made in an attempt to keep up with the competition, but they seem unlikely to put a dent in demand for Androids, likely appealing instead to Apple loyalists. (The photos here are renderings based on rumors, mind you, and are made by EverythingApplePro.)
First thing’s first: Apple has decided to nix its roman numeral naming system and go back to numbers, which could potentially be confusing for people trying to figure out exactly what they’re buying. From here on out, iPhones will come in a number series, with both a more moderately priced option and a fancier model designated as “Pro,” much like MacBooks.
While the biggest headlines about the iPhone X and XR focused on facial recognition technology, this year’s release is all about the camera. The new iPhone Pros will feature triple rear camera lenses that capture three photos at once, which can either be used separately or combined into a single image. The third camera on the high-end models will feature an ultra-wide-angle lens for larger and more detailed images, as well as a broader zoom range.
Other upgrades include a larger battery, faster processor, a new generation of Face ID that supports multiple angles for easier automatic unlocking, and reverse wireless charging for all three models.
Clumsy Apple lovers rejoice: the iPhone 11 series will also be a lot more durable. Improved “shatter-resistance technology” will reportedly make all three models more likely to survive drops, and they’re also more water-resistant than ever before. Bloomberg reports that the phones can be submerged for longer than thirty minutes and still be perfectly functional.
And speaking of durability, if something goes wrong, you’re no longer obligated to exchange a kidney or your firstborn child for expensive repairs at Apple stores only. Apple announced that it will start supplying parts, tools, and guides to independent repair shops and stop penalizing customers who try to save a little cash on fixing their very expensive gadgets. Finally, you’ll be able to get a legit repair just about anywhere.
Obviously, that’s a huge deal. Not only is it a lot more customer-friendly, but it could also help eliminate some of the waste associated with disposability culture and (at least to some degree) planned obsolescence. A lot of people upgrade their phones regularly not because they’re invested in having the latest model or because they are no longer usable, but because certain key components are no longer working as they should.
A new report from JP Morgan indicates that Apple has managed to reduce the cost of building its new iPhone range compared to the XS by up to 12 percent. Unfortunately, the brand may not pass that savings down to customers — partially because of the threat of 10-percent tariffs being placed on Chinese electronics. But at least it doesn’t look like they’ll be more expensive than last year’s models, which ranged from $479 to $1079.
If you’re due for an upgrade soon, you might want to wait another year to bite the bullet. Apple has already revealed that its 2020 iPhones will support 5G in all three models to compete with lower-cost Android smartphones. They’ll also have a brand new display combining 120Hz ProMotion technology with the OLED panels of premium iPhones.