Apple was once one of the biggest innovators in the smartphone industry, but now many other manufacturers with fresh and creative ideas drive the development of the market much stronger. Apple, however, is a little behind in the design, especially and must first catch up to the competition.
The iPhone 11 is just an iterative upgrade again
When Apple introduced the iPhone X (spoken: Ten) in 2017 for the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, it was considered one of the largest generation leaps in the iPhone series. Technology and design were completely redeveloped, with a screen occupying an impressive 83 percent of the front surface and the Face ID technology, which enabled unlocking via face scan as a safer alternative to Touch ID. Then in 2018 came the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, all of which now came in the iPhone X-look and thus completely repressed the old iPhone design. Form factor and appearance were largely retained, the small changes compared to the iPhone X are only found inside.
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As we have already found out in our rumored article on the iPhone 11, there could be no major changes in 2019 compared to the current iPhones. When the iPhone XI, XI Max and XR 2 will be unveiled again in September, Apple will probably boast only of increased performance, longer battery life and better images. The new Apple A13 Bionic will again deliver so-and-so much more processor and graphics performance. Grown batteries inside will finally allow more battery life in the XI and XI Max. Each iPhone gets an additional camera, the XI and XI Max is the main camera and the telephoto finally added an ultra wide-angle camera.
All data and rumors about Apple’s iPhone 11
Granted, more battery life and an additional camera sound very good first. However, the higher performance of the new A13 Bionic leaves me completely cold. Apple has been here for years anyway and every iPhone since the iPhone 8 delivers enough performance for gaming and 4K with 60 frames per second. Where else are innovations such as a USB-C port and a ProMotion display like in the new iPad Pro from the end of 2018? What about the ugly “notch” that has since been completely banished from Android smartphones? And how could John Ive, the Apple designer who co-developed the first iPhone, and announced in June to leave the company, allow such an unattractive camera bump to make it into the final design? Two to three cameras plus flash arranged in a square – really?
Big changes only in the coming year
According to industry analysts from JP Morgan Chase (JPMorgan), the iPhone 2020 will receive the full range of new features, as CNBC reports. In contrast to the iPhone 11, the 2020 model is to get a completely new look: The smaller iPhone will shrink the screen size from 5.8 inches to 5.4 inches, while the 6.5-inch model grows to 6.7 inches. The iPhone XR successor remains probably at 6.1 inches diagonal. Since OLED screens are to be found in all devices of the row, Apple covers with the new listing all hand sizes and preferences.
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JPMorgen even suspects that all iPhones should come next year with integrated 5G modems. Although it has already been speculated that the iPhone XI and XI Max may already be equipped with the new wireless technology this year, this is very unlikely for cost reasons, according to JPMorgan. But in 2020 it should be ready. I personally will not miss 5G in the iPhone XI, but only because there is not enough infrastructure in Germany anyway. In better-positioned countries, I would be quite upset that others can not even see the loading bar when they open a web page with their 5G Android smartphones.
In addition, the old-fashioned Notch, in the front camera and sensors for FaceID are hidden, could finally disappear. Instead, as in the Samsung Galaxy S10, the front camera should sit in a small “punch hole”, so an exposed, round recess at the top of the screen. Thus, the screen actually grows from edge to edge instead of flowing around the wide notch as in the previous design, which leaves a lot of screen space lost.
Talking about the screen, the well-informed insider “Ice Universe” has also posted on Twitter about the next iPhone.
Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz / 120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing with Samsung and LG. pic.twitter.com/4aoU303umu
– Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 21, 2019
The rendered image shows an iPhone with 120 Hertz (Hz) screen with ProMotion technology, which is also used in the iPad Pro. The 120 Hz refresh rate makes the screen seem more responsive and provides a smoother operation. Ice Universe is usually known for leaks from Samsung, the manufacturer of almost all iPhone and iPad screens come from. Although the advanced display consumes more battery power, the technology is adaptive and dynamically reverts to the lower 60Hz refresh rate when 120Hz does not provide any benefit. This is the case, for example, when content shown on it can not be used, such as videos.
Also interesting: Will Apple return the old rainbow logo on iPhone 11?
Who can wait, should do that
I generally think that everyone should buy the smartphone that best suits their own ideas. I personally have nothing against the iPhone 11, it will certainly be a good, fast and reliable smartphone. If you still own an iPhone 6 or even older and want to upgrade or have to – please access, there is nothing against it.
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My tip: If the predictions for the iPhone 11 prove to be correct, you should skip the upgrade this year. The days when Apple has set new standards with every new iPhone are over. This is partly because the devices have become so good that an upgrade is almost no longer worthwhile. But also because the competition is as strong as ever and with its own innovations dictates the direction of the smartphone industry. But it is exactly this pressure that will force Apple to deliver a fresh and trend-setting device again next year.