Apparent Foxconn insider spills big iPhone 11 secrets

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iPhone 11 R and 11 Max on colorful background
iPhone 11 could look very familiar, but with some nice improvements.
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

Some huge new details about this year’s iPhone 11 refresh have been spilled by an apparent Foxconn insider.

In a leaked email, the employee claims Apple will add a brand new color option to its smartphone lineup this fall. They also say that the back of this year’s devices will get a new, not-so-slippery finish.

At this point we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the iPhone 11. And aside from an additional camera lens for better photos, it’s not much. But we might be in for a surprise.

One leaker, who supposedly works at the Foxconn factory where Apple devices are assembled, claims to have new information about the refresh that we haven’t heard before.

iPhone 11 to come in dark green

An insider email, first published by AnTuTu’s Chinese-language website, reveals the iPhone 11 and its larger sibling will be available in four color options — including one we haven’t seen before.

In addition to the existing gold, silver, and space gray, they say we’ll see a new dark green option. It sounds pretty hideous, but let’s not forget Apple’s design team can make almost anything look pretty.

The source also claims that the next-generation iPhone lineup will sport a matte finish on its rear glass, while the iPhone logo on its back will be scrapped.

This could help make the handset a little less slippery, which is great for fans who don’t like to slap their iPhone inside a case.

No USB-C but a bigger battery

Beyond this, it is claimed the iPhone 11 will retain Lightning connectivity and not switch to USB-C. The source adds that 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options will be available.

Finally, it is believed the iPhone 11 Max will boast a 3,969 mAh battery supplied by Huizhou Desai and Xinwangda. That’s a big increase over the 3,174 mAh cell in the iPhone XS Max.

We obviously can’t verify the details in this leak — we’ll have to wait for Apple to do that next month — but AnTuTu says the information comes from a reliable and trusted source.

What’s new?

Some of these claims have been made before, but many of the details are brand new.

We accepted the iPhone 11 wouldn’t offer USB-C, and reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted Apple will use frosted glass for the back of this year’s handsets.

But this is the first time we’ve heard there will be a dark green color option — and that Apple will drop the iPhone logo.

The latter seems a little unlikely, but it wouldn’t be the first time product names have disappeared from Apple gadgets.