iPhone XI: Release date and feature rumours

by Rob Duke | May 04, 2018
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Updated: 12/07/2018

Every summer, we all wait with bated breath for new iPhone announcements. Apple usually keep their cards close to their chest before September though, so we’ve had a good dig around for the tastiest info-morsels to tide you over. Enjoy!

When will the new iPhone be announced?

Nailed-on for mid-September. ‘Trusted Reviews’ did a bit of number crunching around previous reveals, and their prediction is September 11th/12th 2018.

When will it be released?

Slightly harder to gauge. Last year, Apple bucked a recent trend of September releases with a November launch for the iPhone X. But after a disappointing twelve months for the entire smartphone industry, there's a growing sense that Apple will revert to what's worked well for them in the past.

If that's the case, Trusted Reviews’ prediction for a September 21st 2018 launch sounds about right.

It still hasn't been confirmed though, so if you do scribble it into your diary, for the love of Pete, use a pencil.

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How much will it cost?

The iPhone X was in arm-and-leg territory with that eye-watering £999 price-tag. Early rumours suggested Apple were considering a lower entry-point - however, now it sounds increasingly likely that it'll cost the same, or even slightly more. D'oh.

What will they call it?

There’s speculation that Apple could name their next premium handset the ‘iPhone 12’, and set aside ‘iPhone 11’ for a lower-cost device. There’s also the possibility of a numberless release: they’d just call it ‘the new iPhone’.

Sounds cool, but I’m not the best person to judge (full disclosure: I listened to 30 seconds of a song by ‘Lil’ Pump’ recently and it plunged me into a week-long existential crisis).

There’s no official word from Apple on the name yet, but here are our best guesses:

- iPhone 11
- iPhone XI
- iPhone 12
- iPhone XII
- iPhone X2
- iPhone (2018)
- iPhone XS
- X2: Judgement Day
- iPhone X2: Back in the Habit

What will it look like?

At this stage, we know very little about the design of the iPhone 11. Odds are, it’ll be a thing of beauty though.

The much-maligned ‘notch’ on the iPhone X could be scrapped - music to the ears of bezel-devotees everywhere. Alternatively, Apple may choose to stick with last year’s design and focus on making technical improvements.

Another rumour suggests it’ll come in three colours - black, white and gold

What new features will it have?

Apple has a history of ushering in new eras of connectivity, so there’s vague hope the iPhone 11 will come with 5G support. However, since 5G enabled networks won’t be available until 2020, they’ll probably hold that back for next year.

The iPhone 11 could also be reinforced with a stronger frame to make the handset more robust. Good news all-round.

One other long-lurking rumour is that the new device could ship with a stylus or at least support Apple pencil. That'll be the day! 

In terms of the camera, Samsung provided stiff competition this year, then Huawei mic-dropped the world’s first triple-camera with the P20 Pro. Fiesty.

In June, some suspicious iPhone schematics ‘leaked’ online, showing three holes around the camera area. However, a few bright sparks were quick to point out that the third hole could just be the flash. Shutdown.

Apple will probably wait until 2019 to perfect the three-camera array, and tie it in with an improved AR offering.

There are also suggestions that the iPhone XI battery could have 25% more capacity than the iPhone X. A noteworthy improvement.

Will there be more than one handset? 

Highly likely. In 2017, Apple released two in close succession – however, a little birdy told me there could be three (or even four) new Apple handsets in a range of shapes and sizes coming this autumn. Whether I should trust the opinion of every animal that flutters into my garden is another matter.


More information about the iPhone XI will emerge in the coming weeks. Bookmark this page and check back to get the latest updates.

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