All of the rumors we've heard about the next iPhone—even the crazy ones
Hint: It's the year of the camera
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At the annual WWDC conference earlier this week, Apple answered a lot of our questions about what's coming this year (hello, iOS 13!). But what we didn't find out about is the next iPhone, which people suspect will come out this September, given the tech giant's track record.
And since no one really knows—or at least no one is revealing—any confirmed details about what many are calling iPhone 11, we're left to sift through the hundreds of rumors swirling around the Internet, from what colors it will come in to whether or not it will be 100 percent waterproof (we're going to go with no on that one). Below, our experts debunk 10 of the most popular myths about the mysterious iPhone 11.
1. The rear-facing camera will be pretty epic
The camera is what everyone is talking about when it comes to the iPhone 11. It will supposedly have a triple-lens rear-facing camera which is not only better for augmented reality purposes, but will also increase the quality of your photos especially those taken in low light. And as for all of the experts claiming that the new camera will also improve the zoom function? Our Executive Editor TJ Donegan clarifies exactly what's really happening: "A 5x or 10x zoom actually refers to the ability to go from a wide angle shot to a telephoto shot with the same lens. So Apple could increase the "zoom" by keeping the current 2x telephoto lens and adding an ultra-wide camera. Far-off objects would look the same, but you'd technically increase the 'zoom' of the camera system."
2. It will also have a higher-res front-facing camera
It isn’t just the rear camera that’s getting a makeover. Your selfies could look a whole lot better with the iPhone 11 if the rumors that the front-facing camera is getting upgraded from a seven to a 12 megapixel sensor are true. Plus, some insiders have revealed that Apple is playing around with "black lens-coating technology" to make the camera blend in better with the phone itself.
3. Full-screen touch ID will be a thing
Touching anywhere on the screen to unlock your phone? Sounds cool in theory but Donegan is skeptical. “Full-screen Touch ID would depend upon using in-screen fingerprint readers and I don't think the tech is there yet. It's more likely they'll go entirely to Face ID,” he says. (This was further confirmed at Apple's WWDC earlier this week when the company announced that Face ID will be up to 30 percent faster with iOS 13.)
4. It will be able to charge other devices
Known as wireless power charging, it's something that the Samsung Galaxy S10 can already do. So Apple may feel a little extra pressure to bring it to their own products. Essentially, users would be able to charge other devices with their iPhones by simply placing the compatible devices (like AirPods, Apple Watch or even other phones) on the back of their iPhone. No cables necessary.
5. A USB-C cable and charger will be included
While early rumors that the new iPhone would have a USB-C port have been squashed, people are still hopeful that Apple will at least provide a USB-C cable and the much-faster 18W charger with the phone free of charge.
But Donegan says that even though this upgrade would merely include bundling the existing USB-C to Lightning cable in the box, he thinks it’s unlikely. “Apple is just very stingy with its accessories in the box (they still provide a slow charging brick despite having phones that can quick-charge),” Donegan says. “Apple should include that cable by default and a new fast-charging power brick that has a USB-C port, but they also should've done that two years ago.”
6. It will have better battery life
You may not be able to charge the new iPhone faster but it’s possible you’ll be able to charge it more. Many experts suspect that even if the size of the battery itself doesn’t change in iPhone 11, its battery life will. That’s due to the multiple performance improvements that Apple claims to be making in iOS 13 that will allow your phone to hold a charge for longer.
7. Everything will be OLED screens
In the current mix, both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are 100 percent OLED screens while the iPhone XR still uses LCD. (FYI: OLED screens are more vibrant and more power efficient.) While some say that Apple will release all three versions of iPhone 11 with OLED screens, Donegan and Senior Tech/Home Theater Writer Michael Desjardin aren’t convinced. “I don't think they'll abandon LCD entirely since the iPhone XR still uses it and they'll want a lower cost device in the lineup,” Donegan says.
Desjardin adds, "The iPhone's OLED display was far and away the most expensive component of the device, from a manufacturing standpoint. Unless this display tech has gotten substantially cheaper for Apple to source, I don't suspect we'll see the end of Apple's Liquid Retina display anytime soon."
8. It will be able to do dual Bluetooth audio streaming
Consider this the 2019 version of sharing earbuds with your best friend. With the new iPhone, instead of putting one in your ear and one in theirs, you could be able to stream music to both AirPod sets so you can simultaneously listen to the same Spotify playlist. The dual Bluetooth feature would also allow you to sync up to multiple devices, too, like your wireless earbuds and your home speaker, for instance.
9. There will be two new colors
The new iPhone could come in lavender and green, if a tweet by Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman proves correct. Gurman posted a photo of glass shards that are allegedly the colors of iPhone 11. They include two new hues (a pale lilac and light green) along with yellow, black, and white. Of all the rumors, Donegan think this is one of the most likely.
10. The price will be higher
This is one that, as a hopelessly-obsessed Apple addict myself, I really hope isn’t true. Unfortunately, though, Desjardin wasn't so optimistic. "Higher prices are to be expected, but I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's would-be, budget-friendly follow up to the iPhone XR maintained the release price of the original XR," he says, adding that "between Samsung's Galaxy S10e and Google's Pixel 3a, Apple should be concerned about losing those of us shopping for sub-$1,000 smartphone options that still offer premium performance in addition to their hardware compromises." Fingers crossed.