iPhone 11 deals, rumours, specs, features, release date and more

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The 2019 iPhones are still a few months away. But we've already got a very good idea of what to expect.

After a series of warmly received smartphones from Samsung and Huawei, the pressure is on for Apple to really pull out all the stops for this year's iPhones.

The good news is that seems to be exactly what's going to happen. Rumours suggest the soon-to-land iPhones will be home to a hugely improved triple lens camera, two-way wireless charging, longer-life batteries and much more besides.

Keen to hear more? Here, we'll take a close look at exactly what Apple's got planned for us.

What are the 2019 iPhones called?

iPhone 11 render screen

Image credit: Hasan Kaymak

No-one knows for sure just yet. However, rumours suggest Apple will plump for ‘iPhone 11/iPhone X1 Max’ or ‘iPhone X1/iPhone X1 Max’ for its two higher-end 2019 iPhones.

We’re pretty sure there'll be a fresh version of the warmly received, less pricey iPhone XR too. But at the time of writing, there’s been nary a word about what it might be called. So from hereon in we'll refer to it as the 'iPhone XR 2019'.

When’s the iPhone 11 release date?

Apple launch event

In keeping with previous years, Apple is expected to unveil its 2019 iPhone range in September. Based on an educated guess, we’re betting the actual date will be 10th September.

Expect to be able to pre-order iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max on the first Friday after the big reveal.

Assuming our hunch about a 10th September launch date is correct, that’d work out at 14th September.

The iPhone 11 will then likely arrive on shop shelves two weeks after we got our first glimpse of the phone at Apple’s launch event. By our calculations, that’s going to be 24th September.

Based on past form, the iPhone XR sequel’s on-sale date will likely be quite a bit later.

Last year, Apple didn’t start accepting pre-orders for the XR until October 19th. Which was the best part of a month after it was revealed alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max.

Can't wait until September? Take a look the best deals on iPhones available to buy right now:

Best buy deals
  • iPhone X 256GB Space Grey
    iPhone X
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Free BT Sport and Apple Music
    • £58.00 per month
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  • iPhone X 256GB Space Grey
    iPhone X
    • 20GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
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  • iPhone X 64GB Silver
    iPhone X
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
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  • iPhone X 64GB Silver
    iPhone X
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
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    • £30.00 device cost
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    36 month contract From O2
  • iPhone X 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone X
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £69.99 device cost
    • £37.89 per month
    36 month contract From O2
  • iPhone X 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone X
    • 1GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £30.00 device cost
    • £39.00 per month
    36 month contract From O2

How much will iPhone 11 cost?

We expect the iPhone 11 SIM-free price to be broadly in line with this year’s iPhone XS. That’d mean it’d look something like this:

  • iPhone 11 64GB - £999
  • iPhone 11 256GB - £1,149
  • iPhone 11 512GB - £1,349

How will that equate to monthly contract prices, though? Well, if last year was anything to go by, we’d put on our money on the iPhone 11 starting at £55 per month on a 24-month contract, with about £50 to pay up front.

Once again, iPhone 11 Max prices are likely to be comparable to iPhone XS Max. So expect to pay in the region of:

  • iPhone 11 Max 64GB - £1,099
  • iPhone 11 Max 256GB £1,249
  • iPhone 11 Max 512GB £1,449

Contract prices for the iPhone 11 Max are likely to be even steeper. Once again, if we use last year’s prices as a guide, the launch-week prices for the highest-end 2019 iPhone will probably start at about £65 per month, with £50-£100 to pay up front.

And so to the iPhone XR 2019 edition, for want of a better name. As you can probably guess, we’re also banking on Apple keeping prices in line with the 2018 edition. Which means you’re most likely looking at these price points:

  • iPhone XR (2019 edition) 64GB - £749
  • iPhone XR (2019 edition) 128GB - £799
  • iPhone XR 2019 (edition) 256GB - £899

Want the XR 2019 edition on a contract? If you’re looking to buy in the first few months of release, we’d say you should be budgeting for a monthly contract price of £45 per month with a small sum to pay upfront.

How many 2019 iPhones will there be?

Reports indicate that Apple’s range of iPhones for 2019 will once again include a standard iPhone 11 and a top-of-the-range iPhone 11 Max.

There’s a very good chance they’ll be a successor to the iPhone XR Max, too. Not least because it was the best received of last year’s iPhones. And was the best-selling model too.

iPhone 11 design rumours

Mock-up images, which are reportedly based on leaked blueprints from Apple, suggest 2019’s iPhones won’t look much different from the current crop.

Large notch? Check. Glass rear section? Check. Comparable device dimensions? Check.

In fact, the only really significant change is that the iPhone 11 looks set to feature a square-shaped, protruding camera module at the rear, which will house all three camera lens in a triangular configuration.

Take-two on the iPhone XR is also rumoured to feature a square camera module, but as outlined elsewhere this will be home to two camera lenses rather than three.

iPhone 11 colours rumours

Apple appears set to stick to a time-honoured, fairly sober set of colour options for the iPhone 11. Pencil in white/silver, gold and black.

The XR 2019's colour palette is much more radical. Rumour has it we can expect lavender and green colourways, which will probably replace the existing blue and pink models.

iPhone 11 camera rumours

  • Triple lens cameras, including zoom lens and wide lens
  • Improved 12-megapixel front camera
  • We’re holding out a Pixel-style Night Mode

The iPhone XS and XS Max dual-lens cameras fare very well in most shooting conditions. But it’s fair to say they’re bested by the Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro in low light. It’s also undeniably the case that they don’t offer as many shooting options or fancy effects.

To remedy that, word is that Apple will equip the iPhone 11 with a triple-lens camera, which will reputedly be on board the standard iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Max.

The lens array is expected to take in a standard lens, as well as a wide-angle lens for panoramic shots and a zoom lens.

The sequel to the XR, meanwhile, is purported to move up to a dual-lens camera from the single-lens effort on the current edition.

The upshot of that is instead of using software to simulate ‘depth-of-field’ effect, it’ll use a second lens.

In turn, the result should mean improved bokeh shots (that’s a fancy word for the images where you can fade the background and bring your subject into sharper focus).

There’s no word yet whether Apple will implement a Google Pixel 3-style Night Sight software feature that effectively lets you see in the dark and dramatically improves the quality of low-light shots.

But we’d like to think that the iPhone 11 will at least feature something comparable. Especially given that that Google has even made Night Sight available for older Pixel phones.

iPhone XS vs Pixel 3 Night Sight

Around the front, Apple is expected to upgrade the selfie camera from seven-megapixels to 12-megapixels. And could improve the depth-sensing technology, to boot.

Over the last few years, there’s also been talk that Apple will equip the iPhone 11 with a 3D camera.

This would allow the camera to sense and capture depth better, so selfies and standard portraits will look that much more striking.

A 3D camera would also boost the iPhone 11’s Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities. Which would mean that when virtual objects appear on the screen in AR games, they’re that much more convincing and life-like.

However before you get too excited at the prospect of what 3D cameras could bring, it’s worth noting that most Apple-watchers don’t expect them to land on the iPhone until 2020.

So it’s best to temper your expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

iPhone 11: 5G or not 5G?

As you may or may not know, 5G is available in the UK right now. And promises to deliver mobile internet speeds that dwarf whatever you’re currently getting.

By way of example, EE claims its customers with 5G can look forward to average speeds of 150Mbps, compared to 50Mbps for its 4G customers.

The catch is that to get them, you’ll need a 5G-compatible phone. And the other catch is that Apple is expected to delay releasing a 5G iPhone until 2020.

That’s in keeping with its policy of waiting until a new mobile internet technology is established before jumping on board. So don’t bank on a 5G iPhone 11 just yet.

Keen to find out more about next-generation networks? Get up to speed with our one-stop guide to 5G.

iPhone 11 screen rumours

  • 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch screens on iPhone 11 and 11 Max
  • Screen notch could be smaller
iPhone 11 renders waqar khan

Image credit: Waqar Khan

Is Apple nixing the notch? That’s the big question.

It’s beyond doubt that the large black bar that sits front and centre on the iPhone XS and XS Max’s screen looks old-fashioned and a bit ugly next to the much smaller, 'holepunch' notches on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and on a slew of Huawei and Honor phones.

However, whether Apple plans to do to remedy that situation isn’t clear. In some quarters, it’s claimed Apple will completely do away with the notch, which houses a front-facing camera and Face ID facial security sensors.

In others, the word is that the notch will be shrunk, so it’s more in line with rival smartphones is a matter of some debate. And some tech-watchers posit that Apple will do neither and the notch will stay exactly as it is.

Some evidence points towards Apple merely combining the Face ID and camera component to allow it to merely make the notch smaller. But an Apple patent from 2018 outlined plans for a radically redesigned phone with no notch at all. Which sounds fantastic.

In the worst-case scenario Apple will leave the notch untouched. Disappointingly, that’s what mock-up images of the phone suggest will happen. Take a look at our iPhone design rumours section to see how they could look.

One thing that certainly seems set to stay the same with the 2019 iPhones is the screen dimensions, which will remain 5.8 inches for the standard iPhone 11 and 6.5 inches on the iPhone 11 Max.

In turn, this year's iPhone XR is set to retain its 6.1-inch display too.

iPhone 11 battery rumours

  • Two-way wireless charging looks likely
  • All three 2019 iPhones to get bigger batteries
Phone battery

At the time of writing, we haven’t heard lots about Apple plans to improve battery longevity for its 2019 iPhones. But well connected analyst David Kuo, whose track record on iPhone leaks is exemplary, claims that moves are very definitely afoot on that front.

According to Kuo, the iPhone 11 will come with a larger battery. This is reputed to come in at between 3,250-3,5000mAh. That’s a substantial jump from the standard XS, which is equipped with a 2658mAh battery.

The iPhone 11 Max is rumoured to pack a 3,650mAh battery, up from 3,175mAh on the XS Max. The XR successor’s battery, meanwhile, will stay much the same size.

Perhaps the biggest news related to batteries for the 2019 iPhones is that Apple could bring two-way wireless charging to its handsets for the first time.

This handy technology, which debuted on Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro, allows you to share your charge with friends who are in need of a battery boost.

To do so, you simply place your friend’s phone on top of a two-way wireless charging-capable smartphone and the former will start charging up instantly.

iPhone 11 software

iOS 13 Apple Maps

Apple's next phones will be powered by the just-unveiled iOS 13 software.

Key features include a handy Dark Mode to limit eyestrain, a revamped take on Apple Maps, more efficient battery management and new, more customisable memojis.

Keen to find out more? Take a look at our complete guide to iOS 13.