2020 could bring Apple’s largest iPhone screen ever


iPhone 11
iOS is designed to hide the screen cutout as much as possible. This might not be necessary next year.
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Significant design changes in next year’s top-tier iPhone might push the display size up to 6.7 inches, if an unconfirmed report from a reliable source is correct. This model will also supposedly have no need of a screen cutout — also known as the notch.

iPhone 11 might lack two hotly anticipated features


The 2019 iPhone could have a much larger camera bump than any predecessor.
This render of the iPhone 11 from months ago seems like it’s going to turn out very accurate.
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On the eve of Apple’s “By Innovation Only” press event, a highly respected analyst just threw cold water on reports that the iPhone 11 will have a pair of exciting features borrowed from competing handsets.

Ming-Chi Kuo says the next iOS devices will have neither reverse wireless charging nor Apple Pencil support.

iPhone 11 might see tiny price drop [Updated]


iPhone 11 with a better camera and maybe Apple Pencil support might cost less than the iPhone XS for some configurations.
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The 2019 iPhone models are reportedly not going to cost more than their 2018 equivalents, with some configurations actually going for slightly less. If true, this will break a multi-year trend in ever-increasing prices for iOS handset prices.

Update: Apple just took the wraps off the iPhone 11, which will cost $50 less than the iPhone XR. But all configurations of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max will cost just the same as the iPhone XS and XS Max.

iPhone 11 will be freaky-good at finding your location


A new iPhone coprocessor could offer augmented-reality motion tracking, finding item tags and much more.
A new iPhone coprocessor could offer augmented-reality motion tracking, finding item tags and much more.
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The Motion coprocessor that helps previous iPhone models track their exact location is reportedly getting such a huge upgrade it’ll have a new name. Code in iOS 13 indicates that the upcoming iPhone 11’s Apple A13 processor includes an “R1” or “Rose” coprocessor that can handle many more sensors.

This is location sensing that goes way beyond GPS, and will be used in augmented reality, finding item-tracking tags and much more.

We could see an iPhone Pro this year


iPhone 11 Max leaning on fence post
This could be a picture of the iPhone 11 Pro, not a “Max” or a “Plus.”
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

Apple makes a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro. Soon there could be an iPhone Pro, too.

This unconfirmed report comes from a source with an unblemished history for leaking details about upcoming Apple products.

2020 iPhones may pack 3D laser camera


The camera bump is about to get bumpier in the iPhone XI.
The camera bump is about to get bumpier in the iPhone XI.
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

The iPhone’s augmented reality capabilities are about to ramp up to an all-new level, thanks to camera sensors that can tell how far away objects are.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a new research note that Apple is readying cameras with time-of-flight sensors. Adding the new ToF sensors should give the iPhone better computer vision. They could help take better pics, too.

Improved Taptic Engine could replace 3D Touch in iPhone 11


3D Touch
The handy but not vital tricks that come with 3D Touch are reportedly going away.
Photo: Apple

Evidence continues to grow that the iPhone 11 will lack 3D Touch, and will instead include a smarter version of Haptic Touch — a fancy name for long-pressing on the screen.

Previous unconfirmed reports indicated Apple would kill 3D Touch to lower the cost of the 2019 models.

Hands on with iPhone 11: What to expect from 2019 iPhones [Video]


iPhone 11 R and 11 Max on fence post
These iPhone 11 dummies should be a lot like the real thing.
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

It seems like it’s impossible to make it through the summer without leaks about upcoming iPhones. From iPhone 11 supply chain leaks to iPhone XI case-maker models, 2019 is no different.

With so many holes in the supply chain, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect this year. Thanks to sources online, we’ve got dummy iPhone XI, XI Max, and XIr models to give us a taste of this year’s iPhone lineup. (We still don’t know the exact model names, though.)

Why Apple doesn’t prosecute factory workers who leak iPhone secrets


iPhone 11 schematics
The person who leaked this purported iPhone 11 schematic almost certainly wasn’t arrested for industrial espionage.
Photo: Weibo

When the casing or another component for an unreleased iPhone leaks before the official unveiling, it’s often because someone at an assembly plant in China snuck it out. Apple always does its best to track down the culprit and the punishment is … generally not much.

And there’s a good reason why.