We all know that iPhone 11 is only a month away from its possible launch. But what intrigues all of us is what Apple will have in stores for us? The company has not yet sent out any invitations on the events. Going by its tradition, Apple keeps everything under the wraps until September comes. But at an investorÂ event early in August, SoftBank President Ken Miyauchi unwittingly revealed the iPhone 11 release date. Softbank has been a long-time Apple partner and is also the first company to sell the iPhone in Japan.
While dropping the hint, Ken said that 20th September could be the date when iPhone 2019 models are likely to hit the stores. The slip-up happened when he was asked how Softbank will address the September release of the iPhone when the new â€œTelecommunications Business Lawâ€ comes into effect on October 1st. Going by the law, in Japan, carriers are no longer allowed to offer data and device plans together. Carriers had started pushing customers to shell out for overpriced data plans bundling with the most popular smartphones.
â€œHonestly, I am wondering what should I do for 10 days. No, I shouldnâ€™t say that,â€ Miyauchi said. â€œAnyways, I donâ€™t know when the new iPhone will be released. However, almost after 10 days, it will be unbundled.â€
Miyauchi acknowledged that he should not have slipped the date. But it is in line with the trend set by Apple. Now going by September 20, the unveiling event should happen on 10th September or 11th September. The best alternative seems to be September 10 because Apple avoids holding an event on September 11.
Now if we do the Math, the first Friday, post the launch event, is when pre-orders should begin. In that case, the next-gen 2019 iPhone should be available for pre-orders starting September 13.
Will Apple products be impacted by US President Donald Trump announcing a new set of tariffs on China? Apple analystÂ Ming-Chi KuoÂ saidÂ in an investor note â€œthe tariff may not impact the prices of Appleâ€™s hardware productsâ€ in the US. In plausible explanation, he confirmed that Apple is expected to bear the additional costs incurred. But this is only short term measure. In the longer run, Apple will be on a lookout for production facilities external to China to serve US demand.
Kuo also foretold about 2021 iPhone model which is likely to have in-display Touch ID.
â€œKuo says that over the next 18 months, a lot of technical issues will be resolved which will enable Apple to deliver the high-tier experience it strives for in its devices,â€ 9to5MacÂ writes.
Summing up what we have heard so far from, the upcoming iPhone lineup will have three new models: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone XI R. But we are not sure of the nomenclature yet. Will it be called iPhone 11 or iPhone XI? If Apple goes for appending Roman numeral XI, which looks obvious, then the question arises about the identity of iPhone XS.
â€œSo far ahead of the industry that it will still be competitive with theÂ best Android phonesÂ in two years, and massively more powerful than lower-end phones.â€Â
Analyst Ben Thompson on processor A13
The possible colours will be â€œlavender purple and green instead of blue and coralâ€
One of the most sought after feature is analogous to Samsungâ€™s Powershare. 2019 iPhone models will be able to wirelessly charge anÂ Apple WatchÂ orÂ AirPods. Apple is also giving the option of bilateral charging. It will allow iPhoneâ€™s battery to share some juice with other iPhones.
iPhone 11 Price, will it touch $1,000 mark?
We cannot expect Appleâ€™s next-gen iPhone to cost less than its predecessors. Rumoured prices point to iPhone 11 likely touching at least $999 (Â£999/ AU$1,579). There are some factors which will influence the price model. The slowdown in iPhone sales and a decline in profit margins in past have incited Apple to slash prices on its models and offer incentives.