The 2019 iPhones: Everything you need to know

With no more than a month separating us from the highly anticipated annual Apple fall event, during which Apple CEO Tim Cook is anticipated to debut this year’s iPhone lineup, rumors and leaks about their upgraded features are at their peak. The new devices, which are anticipated to look a lot like last year’s iPhone XS lineup, will (hopefully) be named the ‘iPhone,’ ‘iPhone Pro,’ or the ‘iPhone Pro Max,’ and will likely feature Apple’s next A-series chip, the Apple A13 chip. Despite the Pro naming, the device isn’t expected to pack anything for professionals, expect maybe larger size, Apple Pencil support and an upgraded camera module.

Debuting with Apple’s new iOS 13 software, the new iPhone is anticipated to be announced on September 10 this year, less than a month away, with first shipments arriving 10 days later - on September 20.  All three iPhone models are expected to launch simultaneously, unlike last year’s delay on the iPhone XR.  Packing a similarly-looking front and a fresh, matte back with a square camera bump, the 2019 iPhone is certainly not a major upgrade over the last couple of years, especially compared to what’s coming next...

iNaming Nightmare: iPhone 11 Pro Max?

According to a recent 9to5Mac article, this year’s iPhone models could very well be named either the iPhone and the iPhone Pro or the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the latter of which couldn’t get any worse.  Now just try repeating that to yourself two-three times ‘iPhone 11 Pro Max’ and see how it sounds. I mean, what’s next, iPhone 11S Pro Max?

The iPhone (11) will replace the iPhone XR, while the iPhone (11) Pro and iPhone (11) Pro Max will take the place of the XS and its larger twin, the XS Max.

The “leak” comes from a Twitter user named CoinX, whose publication says ‘“Pro” for iPhone?  Crazy naming schemes over the past few years.’ The user has previously leaked accurate data about an upcoming iPhone release, such as his prediction of last year’s naming schemes, the weight of the XS Max, details about its default wallpaper set, and even the asymmetric grille hole arrangement observed in the XS line.

According to another report by Business Insider, citing what is believed to be a document released by the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone protective case manufacturer ESR, this year’s Apple smartphones will be called the ‘iPhone 11,’ ‘iPhone 11 Pro,’ and the ‘iPhone 11 Pro Max.’  While it is possible the case manufacturer has already begun production for the upcoming model, naming does not have a decisive impact on whether a case can fit on a given phone.  What matters are the dimensions and cutouts of that case, which appear to match previous renderings and machine-created dummies of the anticipated iPhone.  Sadly, worrying rumours don’t end there.

2019: The Death of 3D Touch?

Yup, that is correct. Given the latest rumours and leaks regarding the features of this year’s iPhone line, and Apple’s focus on refining its software version of 3D Touch that uses only time spent hovering over an item rather than the physical force with which you press the screen -- it is almost certain that last year’s iPhone XS and XS Max line was the last one to feature the real 3D Touch.  Enough about the minor features, though, what about smartphone’s powerhouse?

Apple’s A12 Still The King: What comes next?

Despite the king still being Apple’s A12 processor (beating in geekbench scores even the freshly released Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series) the tech giant is once again anticipated to come out with a new, upgraded powerhouse for its flagship product.  According to a report by MacWorld, Apple is anticipated to keep relying on TSMC for its chips during the upcoming years as the manufacturer is ramping up its ‘7nm+’ process. Yet, one question always comes to mind:

How powerful can the A13 actually be?

There’s no way you haven’t heard about the buzz over the latest iPad’s processing powerhouse - the Apple A12X processor, packing as much power as a Macbook Pro. That chip packed 10 billion resistors. For comparison, the A12 chip had about 6.9 billion resistors spread across an area of 83mm² - the smallest processor Apple has ever put into an iPhone for the past nine years.

Knowing that the A5 and A10 were both above 120mm² in size and taking into consideration TSMC’s improved manufacturing process -- it is safe to assume the A13 could pack up to 10 billion transistors, equivalent to the ones in iPad Pros.

Knowing Apple, that is definitely not enough. While this year’s chipset is going to build upon the company’s 7nm technology capabilities, rumour has it that Apple is working to deliver the first 5nm smartphone in 2020. Given their chip track record as well as the significant battery and processing performance upgrades coming from the development of smaller processors, it is no wonder that Apple fans are already anticipating next year’s iPhones. The expected beast of a chip, though, is not unique to next year’s line and definitely not the only upgrade that Apple fans are hyped about.

2020 iPhone Lineup: The Next Big Thing?

Anticipating a phone more than a month prior to its predecessor’s release date might seem a little far-fetched for most phones, except the iPhone. With a year and a month away from its release, the 2020 iPhone lineup is already making news headlines with various leaks and rumours that are seriously rising expectations of tech savvys and Apple fans around the world. Ditching the Liquid Retina display and going full OLED on all iPhone models, 120 Hz refresh rate on an iPhone display, an innovative laser-guided 3D time-of-flight camera module for better AR processing, and 5G connectivity among others are just some of the highly-anticipated next generation iPhone features.