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iPhone 11/XI: Release date, price, rumours and all you need to know about Apple's new 2019 phone

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Apple will release a new iPhone in September - AFP

Once again, iPhone enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Apple’s latest trio of iPhone models in September .

Three new models are expected to be released: the iPhone 11, which may be styled as the iPhone XI, the iPhone 11 Max and the iPhone XR 2, all incorporating improvements on previous designs. 

The new iPhone is expected to have a completely redesigned camera, including a triple lens display, improved battery life and new colours. It comes one year after Apple launched the iPhone XS, and two years since its last radical redesign with the iPhone X model. 

Apple will be hoping its new models win over fans, as smartphone sales have stalled amid a global slowdown. At its event in Cupertino, California, Apple could also show off new software from iOS 13 and its planned paid-for TV streaming app.

Here is what we know so far about Apple's newest phone.

When will the iPhone 11 be released?

Based on previous Apple launch dates, the iPhone 11 is predicted to be launched in early September, around 10 September 2019, going on sale around a week later.

What will the iPhone 11 look like?

The new iPhone is predicted to have a 5.8-inch display, like the iPhone XS but with smaller sides, meaning the screen should fill even more of the front of the phone. 

Rumours have pointed towards an all OLED display, screen technology that can offer deeper black colours, in the premium iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max models. A cheaper model is expected to use an LCD screen design.

It is possible that the new models will also be thinner and lighter thanks to the OLED display technology.

A render of how the triple camera iPhone 11 will look Credit: Olixar

Three new iPhones?

Apple is believed to be planning for the release of the iPhone 11 alongside the iPhone 11 Max and the iPhone XR 2, the latter being the cheaper model.

iPhone 11 key features rumours

Will the iPhone 11 have 5G?

Mobile data speeds of the latest iPhones remain at 4th Generation (4G), faster 5G network technology has just been launched in some parts of the UK, with rival phone makers going public about their plans for phones with faster download speeds. 5G is expected to increase download speeds by 10 to 20 times that of 4G and allow many more devices to access the internet simultaneously. 

This is expected to become increasingly important as users download and stream more films and games, however the iPhone 11 will not support 5G. Apple was planning to use 5G chips from Intel which were not immediately available, but earlier this year settled a legal dispute with Qualcomm that means it can now use the same chips that most rivals are using. Apple's 2020 iPhone is expected to include 5G modems.

A triple camera design

The camera design of the iPhone XI distinguishes it from previous models. The introduction of a square-shaped, triple rear camera is expected to be used to enrich photo and video quality. 

Apple first launched dual camera technology on its iPhones back in 2016, but since then, rivals have stepped up, adding as many as five rear cameras to smartphones. Having additional lenses on a smartphone camera can help pick up additional features and colours in pictures, as well as offering extra zoom options and 3D imaging.

The predicted model displays three different cameras in the center, or alternatively on the left corner as in previous models.

One of Apple’s analysts Ming-Chi Kuo has confirmed that one of the lenses may be almost invisible, and that the selfie camera’s quality will be increased from 7MP to 12MP.

The flash will be brighter and the camera bump smaller.

Apple has also been considering launching a laser-powered 3D camera on future iPhones that would significantly add to their augmented reality capabilities, but this it is not expected to arrive until Apple’s 2020 iPhone, according to Bloomberg

Apple is also believed to have abandoned their project to create an advanced image sensor in the iPhone camera using quantum dot technology, The Telegraph reported. This would have improved quality of photos as well as the AR capabilities of the device.

Battery improvements and two-way wireless charging

The iPhone 11 will have a battery 20-25pc larger than that of the iPhone XS without making the phone any thicker. 

The iPhone battery will be great enough to share its power with other devices and form a two-way wireless charging system, where it will be able to wirelessly charge a separate device, such as an Apple Watch or Airpods. 

Apple could add two-way wireless charging to its iPhones, meaning they can charge AirPod headphones

This feature has never been seen before in any of Apple’s products, but is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10’s Wireless PowerShare feature. It has also been reported that the iPhone 11 will have a new charging cable, enabling faster charging speeds.

What new colours will the phones come in?

The iPhone 11 is expected to come in space grey, gold, silver and blue. It has been suggested that the iPhone XR 2 will come in new lavender and green shades, as well as black, white, yellow and potentially red, according to a report on Japanese Apple website Mac Otakara. 

These two new colours will replace the current Coral and Blue models of the iPhone XR and aim to tempt customers to upgrade their phones.

Apple Pencil support

According to reports from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Apple may release an Apple Pencil stylus for the new model. Apple first launched its stylus for in 2015 for its iPad range, allowing users to draw on screen or take notes and it has quickly become a popular tool for its tablet range. 

But there have been rumours, or at least hopes from Apple enthusiasts, that it could one day come to the iPhone, while rival flagship phones, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note series, have already added stylus support. 

According to analysts who have studied Apple closely, the company has considered adding a stylus pen to its upcoming phones, although it is not clear if this will arrive on its 2019 devices.

A twist on Touch ID

Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition feature on the home button, was first introduced in 2013 and allowed users to unlock their Apple devices as well as to make purchases in digital media stores or via Apple Pay. However, it was largely abandoned on the company’s latest devices, and does not feature on the iPhone XS or iPhone XR, which both use FaceID. 

However, according to patents, Apple has been looking at using under-screen fingerprint scanning technology that could recognise a fingerprint placed anywhere on the screen.

This would significantly speed up the opening of your phone due to very easy access. However, it seems unlikely that this system will be used since face recognition appears to be more advanced and efficient.

New A13 microchip

Apple has been working with chipmaker TSMC on a new chip design, which Bloomberg suggests could be called the A13, the latest in its run of home-made processors that add extra processing power to iPhones.

How much will the iPhone 2019 cost?

Apple’s sales seems to have been dropping recently, so increasing their prices is a risk if they wish to remain competitive. The price of the iPhone 11 is currently unknown but likely to cost around £999, a similar price to the iPhone XS.