The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, but Apple’s next Plus-sized device could fit a 6.5-inch display into a body of the same size. That’s according to a report from Japanese blog Macotakara, which claims smaller bezels will mean the iPhone 11 Plus can boast a bigger screen.
According to the site, the iPhone 11 Plus will see a two-inch increase in thickness to accommodate changes in the rear camera. Aside from this, the handset will roughly stick to the iPhone 8 Plus’ proportions. Fantastic stuff.
The “reliable supplier information source” behind the article also suggests the rumoured lower cost model, which could be the iPhone 9, will have a 6.0-inch screen and one rear camera module. The report also mentions that the standard iPhone 11 will have the same casing as the iPhone X but with a larger camera sensor.
Read on to find out everything we know about – and would like to see in – the next installment of Apple’s iPhones.
iPhone 11: Everything you need to know
The iPhone X has been out for several months, and has been – at least by Apple’s standards – a bit of a failure. Reports have pointed to weak sales and slashed production targets, meaning the company has its work cut out with the inevitable follow-up handset: the iPhone 11, or iPhone XI.
There have also been rumours of an iPhone X Plus, measuring 6.5 inches with a 1,242 x 2,688-pixel resolution, codenamed D33. That XL device is reported to launch later this year alongside a cheaper phone, as yet without a codename. All of this is largely rumour at this point, but given Apple’s yearly release cycle we can definitely expect some form of new handset in September.
Other reports suggest that Apple is following through with Face ID, releasing two larger-screened models (a 6.5in OLED and a 6.1in LCD handset), both of which will sport the (relatively) nascent technology, reports CNET.
The rumour originates from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and was later corroborated by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Spectators have since been suggesting that the 6.1in model may shed some functionality, including the 3D Touch and dual rear camera, all the better to keep costs down.
This year, Apple is also rumoured to be unveiling a next generation iPhone SE, perhaps dubbed the iPhone SE 2, giving lovers of cheaper iPhone cause to rejoice. The French website Consomac unearthed a new Russian-language regulatory filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, which suggests a handset launch may be imminent.
iPhone 11: Is this the end of the iPhone X?
The iPhone 11 could be impacted by the underperforming nature of the iPhone X. In a new report, it looks like the iPhone X may be killed off by Apple as sales numbers slow and signs suggest the handset’s design didn’t appeal to the lucrative Chinese audience. This doesn’t necessarily mean Apple will suddenly pull the iPhone X off the shelves, but it’s possible that when the iPhone 11 hits shops in September we’ll see the iPhone X slide out of sale soon after. If the iPhone X’s hefty pricetag is deemed to have been a cause for the handset’s performance, Apple may cycle back to cheaper (albeit still very expensive) ground.
Recent rumours around the iPhone 11 also suggest the arrival of an iPhone XL with a 6.5in display. The iPhone XL doesn’t look to be the iPhone 11, or iPhone 9 depending on how you want to number them. Instead, it’s a larger-screened version of the iPhone X. Think of it as the iPhone X Plus to the iPhone X. It may be the case that this device replaces the iPhone X.
This doesn’t mean there won’t be an iPhone 11, though. In fact, alongside alleged details of an iPhone XL built with an LG OLED display instead of a Samsung one, are details surrounding an iPhone X-like 6.1in iPhone. This mid-sized iPhone shouldn’t set you back a disgusting amount of money either, with a price point rumoured to be around the $650 to $750 (£480 – £550) mark. Given that price point, it may be the case that this 6.1-inch device is pitched as the new iPhone SE.
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Details around this new iPhone are scant, but it looks to use the same TFT-LCD panel found in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but this time stretched to 6.1in. For comparison, the iPhone 8 Plus utilises a 5.3in display, with the iPhone X sporting a 5.5in screen.
It also looks like the new iPhone will also ditch Touch ID in favour of Apple’s Face ID system, meaning those who love stroking their phone to unlock may have to stick to an iPhone 8.
iPhone 11: Chips and cameras
The iPhone 11 will, reportedly, switch from Qualcomm modem chips to Intel chips as tensions rise between the mobile chip manufacturer and Apple.
The report comes from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who believes that Intel will be the exclusive supplier of baseband chip 2H18 new iPhone models, while Qualcomm may not have a share of the orders at all. According to Kuo, Intel will be able to meet Apple’s technical requirements and offer up a competitive price compared to Qualcomm.
One reason that may see Qualcomm reign supreme, despite their tensions with Apple, is Qualcomm’s readiness for 5G compared to Intel. However, last year it was already reported that Intel and Apple were working together on 5G technology, so perhaps it won’t be such a boon for the US chipmaker