Supposed Leaked Document Confirms iPhone 11 Branding, iOS 13.1 Release Date

A seemingly leaked internal document from Apple has revealed the naming scheme of the iPhone 11 series along with the release date of iOS 13.

The 2019 iPhone XR successor will be called the iPhone 11, with the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones dubbed iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max. There have been rumors of Apple using the Pro branding on its iPhone lineup this year, but I doubt the company would go with something as odd as iPhone 11 Pro Max. All the three new iPhones will ship with iOS 13.1 out of the box.

The internal document points to Apple releasing the iPhone 11 series on September 27. This again contradicts previous rumors and Apple’s typical iPhone release timeline based on which the new iPhones have been pegged to go on sale on September 20.

As for iOS 13, Apple will release it to the public on September 23 —  a week before the new iPhones go on sale. A public build of iOS 13.1 for iPhones will be released in October alongside iPadOS 13.1. An iOS 13.0.1 release will also drop a few days after iOS 13 is released with security patches and bug fixes.

Apple will also release the final version of macOS Catalina on September 23, the same day it releases the public build of iOS 13, watchOS 6, and others to the public. The leaked document also confirms that Apple is working on the Apple Watch Series 5 and two new iPads, with the latter being released in October.

Our Take

Since the source of the internal document itself cannot be verified and given the claims that it makes, I would recommend to take it with a pinch of salt. It claims that iOS 13 beta 8 is the Golden Master build of iOS. This was released to beta testers by Apple on August 21 and still contained a number of bugs and issues. With so many bugs, Apple really cannot consider releasing a month old build of iOS 13 to the public without fixing al the issues.

There are a lot of other inconsistencies in the document in the naming convention, how the copyright word is used in it, and more which further confirms that we are looking at a fake document.