Recent iPhone battery allegations may have scared off some upgraders, but now an exclusive new report from Bloomberg shows the smart money waits for the new iPhone 11 anyway.
Put together by respected Bloomberg reporters Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Bloomberg has learned Apple has several tricks up its sleeve to convince buyers to look past the iPhone 11’s ugly exterior.
Headlining the news is confirmation that Apple is indeed upgrading the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max (names TBC) with an additional ultra-wide angle lens to complete a new triple camera array (specs here), while the iPhone XR2 will move to a dual lens setup with the addition of optical zoom similar to the iPhone X and XS. Adding software brains to hardware brawn is an “auto-correction feature” which can “fit people back into a photo who may have been accidentally cut out” – presumably through smart use of the ultra-wide lens.
All three new iPhones will also have reverse wireless charging, allowing users to charge compatible devices (such as the AirPods wireless case) just by placing them on the back of the phone. This is a popular feature already seen on Samsung and Huawei models. Meanwhile, at the heart of the new iPhones will be Apple’s next-gen A13 chipset and Bloomberg states it entered test production in April with mass production is expected to begin this month.
Bad news? Bloomberg confirms all three iPhone models will indeed look identical to the two-year-old design of their predecessors, except for their new bulbous square hump which will house the rear cameras (yes, even on the dual lens iPhone XR2). Apple is also making them “about half a millimeter thicker”, but optimists will hope that means larger batteries.
Within Apple, Bloomberg says the new iPhones are codenamed D43 (iPhone 11), D44 (iPhone 11 Max) and N104 (iPhone XR2) though the final branding is yet to be finalised. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the news, which is standard policy.
Yes, Apple’s not making its most stylish iPhones this year but with just four months to go, they remain a smarter buy than the troubled iPhone XS and XR. That said, if you can afford to skip an upgrade, Apple appears to have far more exciting plans for next year.