New iOS beta offers clue to iPhone 11 Pro launch date

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iOS 13 on an iPhone XS
iOS 13 might show when the iPhone 11 Pro will be unveiled.
Photo: iHelp BRM/Cult of Mac

Developers hunting through the just-released iOS 13 beta apparently found a reference to the exact date Apple will introduce the next iPhone. A screenshot, labeled “hold for release” and buried in the beta, has a date on it: September 10.

This image is of an iPad’s home screen and therefore shows the complete “Tue Sep 10,” according to Portuguese-language site iHelp BRM. A second image shows an iPhone home screen, and it includes the Calendar app displaying “Tuesday 10.”

We already suspected this

Apple is in a groove with new iPhone introductions. For years now, the company has showcased new phones during the second week of September. The devices typically reach customers’ hands a week or so later. For example, the company’s press event last year came on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The new handsets debuted Friday, Sept. 21.

Given the timing of Labor Day, speculation points to a Sept. 10 press event for iPhone 11 this year.

As for the actual 2019 iPhone release date, the president of a Japanese telecommunications company likely accidentally revealed that they will arrive Friday, Sept. 20.

Looking ahead to the iPhone 11 Pro

With the unveiling not set for several more weeks, any information on Apple’s next iOS models remains speculation. Still, recent iPhone leaks and rumors paint a fairly complete picture.

The company reportedly will release three models: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. These will replace the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, and will come with the same respective screen sizes. They’ll all reportedly arrive next month.

The most significant change in both iPhone 11 Pro models is expected to be a trio of camera lenses, up from two in their predecessors. The third lens supposedly will capture very wide-angle images.

In addition, the 2019 iPhones might sport reverse inductive wireless charging, allowing them to send power to another device such as the AirPods wireless charging case.