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« on: September 02, 2019, 04:02:18 PM »

2019 iPhone Rumors

In 2019, Apple is expected to continue offering iPhones in multiple sizes and at multiple price points to provide customers with choice. 2018 brought the iPhone XS (5.8 inches), the iPhone XS Max (6.5 inches), and the iPhone XR (6.1 inches). The two XS devices have higher price tags starting at $999, while the XR is priced starting at $749.

We're expecting a similar lineup in 2019, perhaps with a continuation of both the iPhone XS and XR devices, with rumors suggesting we'll see 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones along with a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. We don't yet know what Apple will call the new iPhones, but iPhone XI or iPhone 11 are possibilities for the iPhone XS successors. Given that naming is up in the air, we're going to be referring to the upcoming iPhones as the "2019 iPhones" for now.

Rumors about the 2019 iPhones started before the iPhone XS and XR were even announced, and we've heard quite a few details on what we can expect. Design-wise, the 2019 iPhone lineup will look similar to the 2018 iPhone lineup, but Apple may be planning to use a new matte glass design for the back of the 5.8 and 6.5-inch devices, which is expected to be less glossy. The 6.1-inch iPhone, meanwhile, could come in new lavender and green shades.

Apple is expected to continue using OLED displays for the 2019 devices, and while some rumors suggested Apple might go with an all OLED lineup, doing away with the LCD displays of the iPhone XR, later rumors indicate Apple will stick with the same OLED/LCD mix for 2019. The new iPhones maybe about a half a millimeter thicker.

The new iPhones are said to be made from a shatter-resistant glass that will better hold up to drops, and water resistance may be significantly improved.

All 2019 iPhones are likely to adopt upgraded A13 chips from TSMC, Apple's chip supplier. Chip upgrades typically bring improved performance and efficiency, and the A13 will be no different. Apple is also adding a new "AMX" or "matrix" co-processor that will handle some of the math-heavy computing tasks.

Dummy models said to be accurate representations of what the 2019 iPhones will look like

Rumors suggest the next-generation 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED iPhones will feature triple-lens rear cameras (with wide-angle, super wide-angle, and telephoto lenses), while the successor to the iPhone XR will feature a dual-lens camera with a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens.

Renderings leaked dummies, schematics, and other rumors indicate Apple the three lenses will be arranged in a triangle configuration, necessitating a large, square-shaped rear camera bump. All three iPhones are expected to use this square camera bump design. A triple-lens camera setup has the potential to include benefits like better 3D sensing for augmented reality purposes, 3x optical zoom capabilities, up from 2x optical zoom in the 2018 iPhones, and better performance in low light.

Rumors suggest Apple will add greatly improved video taking capabilities to the new iPhones, allowing for retouching, effects, cropping, and more in real-time while the video is being captured.

Apple is planning on a revamped True Depth camera system that uses improved components that can better detect faces from all angles, but there will be no design changes to the notch and it appears it will remain the same size as the notch on the 2018 iPhones. All three of the front-facing cameras in the 2019 iPhones are expected to be 12 megapixels, up from 7 megapixels in the 2018 models.

A dummy model depicting the 2019 iPhone XS Max

Dummy Models

Ahead of every new iPhone release, we often see dummy models, which are the culmination of part leaks, leaked schematics, rumors, and other information gleaned from Apple's supply chain.

Dummy models are often an accurate representation of what we can expect from new iPhone models because they're designed for case makers. There's big money in being one of the first companies out with a case for a new iPhone, which is why a lot of careful work goes into dummy models.

We got our hands on some dummy models for the three upcoming iPhones expected in 2019, which give the clearest look yet on the likely design of the 2019 iPhone lineup.

In a nutshell, the 2019 iPhones will look almost identical to the 2018 iPhones, with the exception of the larger rear camera setups that will accommodate new and improved cameras, including triple-lens cameras on the iPhone XS and XS Max successors and a dual-lens camera on the iPhone XR successor.

One thing to note: rumors suggest that the camera lenses in these iPhones will be flush with the camera bump rather than protruding a bit as depicted in these dummy models, so expect the finalized versions of the 2019 iPhones to look more polished, refined and elegant at launch. Also not shown is a rumored matte finish for the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max.

Otherwise, the design is the same with few physical changes to differentiate the 2019 iPhone lineup from the 2018 iPhone lineup, though we may see new finishes and colors not depicted in these models. Below, we also have other part leaks and renderings that led to the creation of these dummy models.

Alleged Renderings and Part Leaks

5.8 AND 6.5-INCH OLED iPhones

Renders of the 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones coming in 2019 surfaced in April, and are said based on information shared by leaker OnLeaks, aka Steve Hemmerstoffer, who has, in the past, shared accurate details on unreleased Apple devices.

The two iPhones look similar to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but in given dimensions, are described as being slightly thicker. The current iPhone XS, for example, measures in at 143.6mm by 70.9mm by 7.7mm, while the next iPhone XS is said to measure in at 143.9mm by 71.4mm by 7.8mm.

The larger 6.5-inch iPhone coming in 2019 is said to measure in at 157.6mm x 77.5mm x 8.1mm, compared to the current size of 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm. In the case of the next-generation 6.5-inch iPhone, if it is as described, it could be noticeably thicker than the current model.

Design-wise, the iPhones look nearly identical to the current-generation iPhones, with the exception of wide square-shaped camera bump at the rear housing three lenses in a triangular configuration. The rear panel of the two devices is said to be made from a single pane of glass, a design meant to minimize the camera bump.

There may also be a redesigned mute switch that's circular in shape rather than pill-shaped, but otherwise, there are no other design changes.

Rumors have suggested Apple is has considered two possible prototype designs for the triple-lens camera, including the square-shaped camera bump seen above, and a more mainstream-looking rear camera in a horizontal layout with a flash located around the middle of the three lenses.

Recent information seems to suggest Apple has decided on using the square-shaped camera bump that arranges the three lenses in a triangular shape.

An alleged schematic for one of the 2019 iPhone models appears to depict cutouts for a triple-lens camera arranged in an offset manner that would require a square-shaped camera bump. It's not clear if this is an accurate schematic, but it is in line with other leaked triple-lens camera renderings.

An image of an alleged rear chassis for one of the 2019 iPhone models surfaced on Chinese social networking site Weibo in April, appearing to depict cutouts for a triple-lens camera setup.

It's not clear which iPhone the component belongs to, but rumors have suggested that it's the 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhone XS and XS Max successors that will have triple-lens cameras while the LCD iPhone will use a dual-lens camera.

Case maker molds allegedly designed to create cases for two of the 2019 iPhone models surfaced in April. The molds both feature triple-lens camera arrangements in a square shape, suggesting these could be molds for the 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhone models. The front looks similar in design to the current 2018 iPhone models.

Being the first to have iPhone cases available when new devices are released can be a lucrative business, and case makers often start designing cases well ahead of when iPhones are released. To create cases for unreleased devices, accessory makers rely on leaked data obtained from Apple's supply chain.

We here at MacRumors got our hands on some cases created for the 2019 iPhones, with designs based on rumors suggesting a triple-lens camera setup for the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max.

The case design features a large square camera cutout to accommodate the triple-lens camera design, which is arranged in an offset triangle shape.

In our testing, these cases fit the current iPhones perfectly with the exception of the new camera cutouts, as beyond camera tweaks, we're not expecting any major design changes. The 2019 iPhone lineup will look quite a lot like the 2018 iPhone lineup, but in addition to camera changes, Apple may also be planning a new frosted glass design for its OLED devices and new colors for the iPhone XR successor.

Rumors have suggested the new iPhones could be a tad bit thicker than the current models, but that's not noticeable with the cases and is such a small change that it may be imperceptible in real life. There are also some adjustments to button placement, so the buttons could be moved a bit.

CAD renders said to be of the upcoming iPhone XS and XS Max leaked in July, offering up a look at the same design that we've seen in case leaks, renders, and other rumors.

CAD images are often claimed to be official designs leaked from production factories and are used by case makers to create cases for devices ahead of their launch. The XS and XS Max CAD images feature triple-lens camera designs and a square-shaped camera cutout.

6.1-INCH LCD iPhone

Renders of the next-generation iPhone XR feature a device that looks like current iPhone XR, but with a dual-lens camera setup in a square bump that's similar to the square-shaped bump rumored for the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max.

The renders are based on rumors and leaks that have circulated about the new 6.1-inch LCD device, which is said to have two cameras, while the new OLED devices coming in 2019 will have three.

Other than the dual cameras, the device in the renders looks like the iPhone XR with the same colorful body and thicker bezels around the display. It's said to measure in at 150.9mm x 76.1mm x 7.8mm, while the camera bump will be 8.5mm thick.

The next-generation iPhone XR could potentially come in lavender and green, with Apple replacing the coral and blue shades with the new colors. Pieces of glass said to represent the new colors that are coming leaked in May, and we created a mockup of the colors we can expect based on that image.

CAD images of the 2019 iPhone XR leaked in July, providing a look at the same design that's been spotted in renders and highlighted in rumors. As mentioned above, CAD images are often used for case creation.

The CAD rendering of the next-generation iPhone XR features a dual-lens camera that's arranged in a square-shaped camera bump that matches the square-shaped bump in the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max models.

Leaked photos said to feature the logic board for one of the upcoming 2019 iPhones surfaced in July 2019. The logic board is presumably for the successor to the iPhone XR given its rectangular design.

The layout and the circuitry on the board look different than the current iPhone XR logic board, but as just one side of the board is printed, no specific information can be gleaned from the leaked images.

Possible Names

Apple deviated from its standard naming scheme with the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) in 2017, and in 2018, we got the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR. Apple went from iPhone 8 to iPhone XR (10R) and we never had an iPhone 9.

With the jump to the "X" name, it's difficult to predict what Apple will call the 2019 iPhones. iPhone XI or iPhone 11 are both possibilities, but what comes after "XR" is a mystery we have yet to solve. Apple's iPhone names for the last 11 years are below:

   ■ 2007 - iPhone

   ■ 2008 - iPhone 3G

   ■ 2009 - iPhone 3GS

   ■ 2010 - iPhone 4 (new design)

   ■ 2011 - iPhone 4s

   ■ 2012 - iPhone 5 (new design)

   ■ 2013 - iPhone 5s

   ■ 2014 - iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (new design)

   ■ 2015 - iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

   ■ 2016 - iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

   ■ 2017 - iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X (new design)

   ■ 2018 - iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

   ■ 2019 - iPhone XI, iPhone 11, or iPhone XT?

Apple could opt to go with an entirely different name like it did with the iPhone X, and because Apple uses codenames for development, the company's naming schemes often remain unknown until right before new devices launch.

With no clear picture of what Apple plans to name the devices that will launch in 2019, we will refer to them as the "2019 iPhones" until we get a clearer picture of the company's naming intentions.

One rumor has suggested that at least one iPhone coming in 2019 will be feature "Pro" in its name, such as the "iPhone 11 Pro."

The info comes from a Twitter account that is known to have leaked accurate information in the past. If correct, it's not known what Apple will name the other iPhones set to be sold alongside the "Pro" iPhone.


The 2019 iPhone lineup is expected to look similar to the 2018 iPhone lineup, with a 5.8-inch iPhone, a 6.5-inch iPhone (the premium model, based on this year's rumors), and a 6.1-inch iPhone (lower cost).

Major design changes are not expected, but Apple is rumored to be planning to use a new frosted or matte glass for the rear of the iPhone XS and XS Max successors, which would be similar to Google's Pixel lineup. A matte glass design will allow Apple to distinguish the 2019 iPhones from the 2018 iPhones. The next-generation iPhone XR is expected to look similar to the current model without matte glass.

Bloomberg says upcoming iPhones will feature a new shatter-resistant glass that's said to hold up better when dropped, and "dramatically enhanced water resistance" is expected. The new iPhones could be able to be submerged in water "far longer" than the current 30-minute limit.

While there will be few design differences, to accommodate new cameras, the 2019 iPhones maybe about a half a millimeter thicker.

The next-generation iPhone XR may come in new colors, with rumors suggesting Apple will replace the blue and coral colors with new lavender and green shades.

A sketchy rumor said to be from a Foxconn worker in China suggests the upcoming 2019 iPhones will not feature the labeling "iPhone" underneath the Apple logo on the device. The same source suggests the new iPhones will be available in a new dark green shade. There's no way to verify these claims, so the information could be inaccurate.


For the last few years, Apple has been working to bolster its OLED display supply chain for diversification purposes and to cut down its reliance on Samsung, the company that has supplied displays for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

Apple has mulled a partnership with Japan Display, pushed LG Display to build out its OLED display production facilities, and has purchased equipment to build an OLED panel research and development site in Taiwan. For its 2019 iPhones, Apple is said to be using OLED displays from Samsung, and it could also be using some LG displays as well.

The display of the OLED iPhone XS

Apple is said to be aiming for an all OLED lineup at some point in the future, but it's not looking like that's going to happen in 2019.

Early rumors disagreed on Apple's 2019 display plans, with some rumors pointing towards an all OLED display and other rumors suggesting Apple will continue to use some LCDs, but later information has coalesced around a mixed LCD/OLED lineup, much like 2018.

Apple's 2019 iPhones could potentially be thinner and lighter due to the adoption of Samsung-designed OLED display technology called Y-OCTA, which integrates the touchscreen layer into the display panel. Given that the display panel is already a thin component, it's not clear how much thickness reduction we'll see, but Apple is likely to use the technology due to its lower cost.


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