Apple's next flagship iPhone isn't due out until September 2019, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate about what we'd like to see on the next devices. The latest software - iOS 13 - has now been announced and we've covered what that will bring to iOS devices later this year below.
This feature also rounds up any rumours circulating about the design and features that might appear on the next iPhones, so it isn't just all about hopes and dreams.
What will the next iPhone be called?
- iPhone XI?
- iPhone X2?
In the past, we have pretty much known what the next iPhone would be called because Apple used sequential numbers. That all changed in 2017 though when Apple introduced the iPhone X into the mix. The 2018 models then added an "S" and an "R" to the X branding.
This means that no one is currently sure what this year's iPhone or iPhones will be called. Apple might opt for iPhone XI (our bet) or iPhone X2, or maybe even take it back to iPhone 11. So that probably means we'd get an iPhone XI, an iPhone XI Max and probably an iPhone XRS or XR2.
As we don't know for now and we won't find out officially anytime soon, we will stick with 2019 iPhones for the sake of this feature.
Apple iPhone 2019 release date
- Predicting 10 September 2019
Apple typically holds its iPhone event in the second week of September. Traditionally on a Tuesday. Assuming it follows the same pattern for 2019, we'd predict the iPhone launch event to take place on the 10 September 2019.
Of course nothing has been confirmed, nor will it be until likely the end of August 2019 but that's the date we would place our bet on for now.
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Apple iPhone XI specs: What we want and expect
- Premium, waterproof design
- Higher resolution displays
- Apple Pencil compatibility
- Reduced notch
- Improved Face ID
- Triple rear camera
- Reverse wireless charging
- USB Type-C
- Apple A13 chip
- iOS 13 (confirmed)
Apple iPhone XI rumours: What's happened?
5 July 2019: Is Apple going to launch an iPhone with an under-display fingerprint sensor?
Chinese-based paper The Global Times has suggested Apple will use under-display fingerprint tech to launch a more budget-orientated iPhone in China.
It's unlikely this technology will be used in the flagship models given the success of Face ID so we don't expect to see it on the iPhone XI, but could it be the long-rumoured iPhone SE 2?
25 June 2019: Apple iPhone 11 Max early case suggests no USB Type-C and that square rear camera again
An early case for the Apple iPhone 11 Max from Olixar shows the Lightning port, a smaller notch at the top of the display and a redesigned silence button.
The case also shows a triple rear camera in a square housing - something we have seen multiple times in previous leaks. We wouldn't pre-order the case just yet though as it is unlikely to have been produced from more than an educated guess and perhaps some measurements.
3 June 2019: Apple confirmed iOS 13 and some of its features
Apple confirmed iOS 13 will be available in the autumn and it revealed some of the key features, which you can read about in more detail in our iOS 13 feature.
Of course, those features will come to the iPhone XI, as well as some older iPhones. These new features include:
- A system-wide dark mode (we like it on Mac, but not sure about it on our phone)
- A Find My app that includes Find My Friends and Find My iPhone but it can also locate offline devices via Bluetooth.
- A redesigned reminders app
- New features in Messages
- 3D elements in Apple Maps (yes, like Google Street View)
- Swipe-to-type, very much like Swiftkey and Swype
- More photo and video editing options within the Photos app (which will also be able to remove duplicates and clutter like screenshots)
- Menstrual cycle tracking in the health app (also coming to Apple Watch)
- Faster Face ID unlock and app launch times
13 June 2019: iPhone 11 will be much better than older iPhones at taking great night time photos
Max Weinbach of XDA Developers, claims the iPhone 11 will feature a "dedicated night mode". He also claimed this will be better than the modes on rival phones like the Google Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro.
It's also claimed that the night mode will be able to switch on automatically if the scene requires it.
3 June 2019: Hands on mock-ups of iPhone 11 appear
Ben Geskin posted some hands on mock-up images of the iPhone 11 showing the rumours triple lens camera in the corner of the rear.
The images were created with hands on shots of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, with the triple lens camera Photoshopped on top.
28 May 2019: iPhone 11 could support dual Bluetooth audio
Macotakara reported that supply chain sources have claimed the iPhone 11 could support dual Bluetooth audio. The feature is supported by Bluetooth 5.0 and already available on some competitor devices so it's highly plausible.
23 April 2019: iPhone XI case moulds leak showing square camera arrangement
SlashLeaks published some images from Weibo that show the apparent case moulds for the iPhone XI and XI Max. The moulds show the square triple camera arrangement we have seen in previous leaks, along with the same notch as the current iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
18 April 2019: Apple's triple camera on 2019 iPhone will be 'inconspicuous' due to black coating
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed two of the 2019 iPhones will have a triple lens camera and the rear super-wide-angle lens and front camera lens will have a "black lens-coating" to make them look "inconspicuous".
Kuo claimed the iPhone XR successor will have a 6.1-inch LCD display and a dual camera.
8 April 2019: Two iPhone XI models reported: 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch OLED screens
Japanese site Macotakara has claimed reliable Chinese supply chain sources have said there will be two new iPhone models this year with an 6.1-inch OLED display and an 6.5-inch OLED display.
The report also suggested the two devices would have triple cameras and the chassis would be redesigned to offset some of the camera bump.
2 April 2019: iPhone 11 predicted to have much larger battery
Another forecast report was released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting that all of the next iPhones will have larger batteries to accommodate reverse wireless charging.
If Kuo's predictions are accurate, the next iPhone XS and XR could have around 3000mAh battery capacities, while the successor to the iPhone XS Max might have up to a 3600mAh capacity.
29 March 2019: Leaked schematics show camera setup for iPhone XI
Leaked schematics suggest the next iPhone will have a three-lens camera in a square form, as we have seen on previous renders. We still aren't sure though.
25 March 2019: iPhone 11 could have reverse wireless charging
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a forecast report that suggests the next generation of iPhone wiki offer reverse wireless charging, like the Samsung Galaxy S10. Kuo also suggests the devices will stick with Lightning for the charging port, as Macotakara also claimed recently.
18 March 2019: Standard iPhone 2019 to get triple rear camera too
Japanese site, Macotakara, has reported that the standard iPhone 11 (or iPhone XI) will come with a square triple camera system on the rear, not just the iPhone XS Max successor, as previously suggested in rumours.
The site also revealed some renders of what this might look like and it's similar to the original render we saw earlier in 2019.
11 February 2019: iPhone 2019 will stick with Lightning
There have already been several conflicting reports surrounding the charging port of the next iPhone. The latest comes from Japanese site, Macotakara, which claims the 2019 iPhone will stick with Lightning and bundle the same 5W charger in the box, meaning no 12W fast charging, unless you buy the separate charger.
30 January 2019: Triple cameras reported again for iPhone 2019
Bloomberg has supported the rumours that the next-generation of iPhone will come with a triple lens rear camera, allowing for a larger field of view, a wider zoom range and the ability to capture more pixels. It specified the larger iPhone so it's not clear if the other two will offer dual instead.
It was also reported that an improved version of Live Photos will appear on the 2019 iPhone, said to include six-second-long snaps and Apple is apparently testing USB Type-C on some 2019 iPhones, contradicting previous rumours.
The publication also said Apple was working on a 3D sensor for the 2020 iPhone, something it had initially mentioned for the 2019 iPhone. Ben Geskin, @VenyaGeskin1, then produced some additional renders based on Bloomberg's report.
17 January 2019: Upgraded cameras rumoured for iPhone 2019
According to Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) and CompareRaja, the iPhone's TrueDepth camera will be smaller for the next models, while the resolution will increase from 7-megapixels to 10-megapixels.
It was also claimed the next generation of iPhone XS Max will have a triple rear camera. Two of the lenses are said to be a 10-megapixel sensor and 14-megapixel sensor and the triple system will feature a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens, as the current iPhone XS does.
OnLeaks and CompareRaja also said the iPhone 2019 won't have USB Type-C like the iPad Pro's, sticking with Lightning.
16 January 2019: Further renders appear showing different design for iPhone 2019
Further renders have appeared on CompareRaja, again made in conjunction with @OnLeaks, showing a different design for a triple camera system.
6 January 2019: Renders appear showing iPhone 2019 with ugly triple lens camera
Indian website Digit and @OnLeaks released some renders of what it called "iPhone XI renders first look", featuring an interesting triple camera on the rear. The renders were then corroborated by serial leaker Ice Universe.
Digit speculated that the third sensor would be a Time-of-Flight sensor, like Huawei has just placed on the P30 Pro. It also said its source said the 2019 iPhone is still in engineering evaluation so hopefully this won't be the final design.
12 December 2018: Samsung will make iPhone OLED displays
ET News reported Samsung will be making the iPhone 2019's OLED display and the panels will integrate the touch aspect into the display rather than have it separate, allowing them to be thinner.
4 December 2018: No 5G for iPhone 2019
Sources told Bloomberg Apple won't adopt 5G technology until 2020, meaning no 5G model of the iPhone 2019. Apple has yet to confirm but if it waits until 2020, it will be behind some rivals, including OnePlus and Samsung.
1 November 2018: FaceID to improve for next iPhones
Face ID is reported to be improving for the next iPhones. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new models will come with a new flood illuminator which will apparently help with the impact light from the environment.
15 October 2018: iPhone 2019 models will be the same sizes as 2018
MacRumors reported that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed Apple will continue to offer a 5.8-inch OLED model, 6.1-inch LCD model and a larger 6.5-inch OLED model for 2019.
13 October 2018: Apple Pencil support could come to iPhone 2019
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed future Apple Pencil support could happen for the next iPhone models. The new iPad mini offers it, so the claim isn't completely unreasonable.
27 August 2018: 3D Touch will be ditched for all iPhone 2019 models
5 July 2018: Triple rear camera reported for iPhone 2019
Economic Daily News has claimed the 2019 iPhones might feature a triple lens rear camera system. No further details were offered.
28 May 2018: All three 2019 iPhones will have OLED displays
ET News has claimed a couple of Apple officials have said the company will adopt OLED technology in all three models of the 2019 iPhone.
7 March 2018: Apple could ditch notch for next iPhone
ET News reported the notch may disappear entirely for the next iPhone models, after previously reporting the notch will reduce in size. We suspect it is less likely to disappear altogether but a change is certainly plausible.
16 January 2018: iPhone 2019 could have a smaller notch
ET News has claimed Apple is considering a smaller notch for the 2019 iPhones by combining the Face ID sensors and the front camera. It's not yet clear how this would work as yet but we are all for a smaller notch.
14 November 2017: 3D sensor rumoured for 2019 iPhone rear camera
Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on time of flight 3D cameras with lasers that bounce to create a 3D image of your surroundings.The system is said to be another step towards turning the iPhone into an augmented reality device.