Here's what you can expect from tomorrow's #AppleEvent
Attention everyone who spends more time with their phones than their significant others: the new iPhone is coming… September is practically synonymous with iPhones in the tech world, and this year is no exception. Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone models at its event on Tuesday: the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone 11, replacing the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
Despite the numerical change, this year’s updates look similar to the iPhone 6S to iPhone 7. Apple is keeping the designs largely the same as the previous generation and focusing more on spec boosts and an overhaul to the camera. That means that larger updates — like an in-display fingerprint scanner, 5G, or a less intrusive notch — will likely wait until next year’s models at the earliest.
Rumored features: The new phones may include a faster processor, improved Face ID and a new camera system with three cameras on the back. The devices will likely look nearly identical to last year.
Software updates: Apple announced in June that iOS 13 will feature a dark mode to save on battery life, a way to silence unknown callers and a tool that allows you to swipe to type, rather than lifting your fingers.
Other hardware products: Apple may also integrate artificial intelligence capabilities and built-in sleep tracking into the Apple Watch. The rumor mill also suggests updates for MacBooks, iPads and Apple TV hardware.
What not to expect: A 5G iPhone. That will likely come in 2020.
iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max: The direct successors to the XS and XS Max, the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, will keep largely the same design, with a 5.8-inch OLED display on the smaller model and a 6.5-inch panel on the larger one.
The biggest change is the camera: Apple is putting a new triple-camera system in a massive square module. Details are still slim as to what Apple will use the third lens for — currently, Apple offers both wide-angle and telephoto lenses on the XS line — but presumably, it’ll be the big push for why customers should upgrade. The new cameras are also said to be higher resolution and offer better low light performance and video recording.
Apple is also expected to upgrade Face ID, allowing it to work at multiple angles (including lying flat on a desk); add better waterproofing and shatter-resistance to the new phones so that they’re harder to break; and add a new matte finish to the hardware. Also new is a reverse wireless charging feature, similar to Samsung, that will let you juice up a pair of AirPods on the go using your iPhone.
There’s also the expected upgrade to Apple’s next-gen A13 processor, which will presumably make the new models faster than the old ones. And like the iPhone XR last year, Apple is said to be closing the door entirely on its haptic 3D Touch experiment. It won’t be in the new models.
iPhone 11: Also possibly called the 11R (rumors are back and forth), the XR upgrade is a little more lackluster than the flagship line. It’ll have the same middle-of-the-road 6.1-inch LCD size and overall design as last year’s model with a few changes.
The big update here is a better camera. In this case, it’s going from the single-lens system on the XR to a dual camera (also, sadly, in a giant square module) that adds optical zoom capabilities. Also expected are some new colors (including a green option) and the same faster A13 processor as its pricier siblings.
Apple’s 2019 iPhone event begins at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. You can download Apple’s event to your calendar if you’re the forgetful type.
Post By Chaim Gartenberg