In around two months from now, Apple will unveil the 2019 iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max. Thanks to leaks though, we already have a good idea of what to expect from these smartphones.
While Apple used to follow the tick-tock upgrade cycle for iPhone upgrades where every alternative iPhone release was a major upgrade, that is no longer the case. The iPhone XS and XS Max were modest upgrades and if the leaks are anything to go by, the 2019 iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max are also going to be about major internal changes.
As per the leaks, below are the major hardware changes that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will pack:
- Faster A13 Bionic chip
- Triple-camera system
- Improved TrueDepth camera system
- Frosted rear glass panel
- Single slab of glass at the rear which will also protect the camera sensors
- Reverse Wireless Charging
- Bigger Battery
Apart from the inclusion of an ultra-wide angle camera, it does not look like the iPhone 11 series is going to pack any major improvements or a breakthrough feature. Plus, all these features are something that is already available on other flagship Android smartphones. These are just yearly upgrades that Apple is making to stay with the curve instead of leapfrogging it or reinventing it.
The ultra-wide angle shooter is definitely going to be a useful addition if you are someone who takes a lot of photos. It will let you capture scenes with a whole new perspective. Apple is also rumored to add some useful software features that would take advantage of the ultra-wide angle shooter. However, these improvements alone are simply not going to be enough to make people upgrade to the iPhone 11.
The inclusion of reverse wireless charging and bigger battery on the iPhone 11 series is going to be a major highlight from Apple’s viewpoint. While reverse wireless charging sounds cool on paper, it has limited real-life use. For people with AirPods and the Qi wireless charging case, reverse wireless charging case is definitely going to be useful. But then, not everyone owns a pair of AirPods along with the wireless charging case. While longer battery life will be a welcome addition, I doubt it is going to be enough to get hoards of existing iPhone users to upgrade to it.
In comparison, the 2020 iPhone is looking like a major upgrade. Apple is expected to revamp the display size across the lineup, add 5G connectivity, and a ToF sensor for advanced AR/VR features. These are changes that would be beneficial for the end consumers and not just ‘paper’ improvements.
Until and unless Apple adds some really useful software features that will be exclusive to the iPhone 11, we are looking at a really modest iPhone refresh that won’t be worth upgrading to. What would make you upgrade to the 2019 iPhone 11? Are all the leaked improvements going to be good enough? Or are you going to hold onto your current iPhone for another year?