What to Expect From the 2019 iPhones: Hands-On With Dummy Models

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    Ahead of every new iPhone release, we're inundated with rumors, part leaks, mockups, and dummy models, all of which give us a good idea of what to expect when new devices launch.

    2019 is no exception. We've seen all of the above, and now, we've managed to get our hands on three dummy models of the upcoming iPhones, which offer up a look at the designs and feature changes we're likely to see later this year.


    Like the 2018 iPhone lineup, the 2019 iPhone lineup is expected to include three iPhones: a 5.8-inch OLED device, a 6.5-inch OLED device, and a more affordable 6.1-inch LCD device, which will be successors to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, respectively.

    Compared to the 2018 iPhones, there will be few physical design changes. In fact, these new iPhones look identical to the 2018 iPhones in size, shape, and design, with the exception of the rear camera.

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    The sole major physical change to the new iPhones is a redesigned camera bump that's larger and square-shaped, as we've heard in multiple rumors. Apple is expected to use a triple-lens camera setup for the 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhones coming in 2019.

    A triple-lens camera adds one additional lens and should result in some solid improvements to the photo taking capabilities of the new iPhones. Based on rumors from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's camera setup could include a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 12-megapixel super wide-angle lens, which would be the new addition.

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    This triple-lens camera setup could allow for a larger field of view, a wider zoom range, better low light performance, and it will capture more pixels for sharper, clearer images even when lighting is not ideal. Note that the dummy models we have here feature lenses that protrude slightly -- in the finished versions of the 2019 iPhone models, the lenses are expected to be flush with the bump. These dummy models provide a solid look at what we're expecting, but the completed iPhone is going to look more elegant.

    Google has received a lot of attention for its Night Sight mode that allows for bright shots even in the dark, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Apple offer a competing feature in 2019.

    We've also heard from Bloomberg that Apple is working on a feature that would use some extra pixel data to do provide tools for automatically repairing a photo or video to fit in a subject that "may have accidentally been cut off from the initial shot." This sounds a little confusing, but it presumably takes advantage of that super-wide angle lens to let you edit the field of view of an image.

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    While the next-generation 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhones will have the aforementioned triple-lens setup, rumors suggest the next iPhone XR will have just two lenses, which is still one more lens than the current model. Presumably this will include a standard wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens, allowing the iPhone XR to better mimic the capabilities of the current iPhone XS and XS Max.

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    2019 6.1-inch iPhone compared to iPhone XR​

    Though the next-generation iPhone XR has just two lenses, the dummy model features the same square-shaped camera bump that's on the more expensive models with triple-lens cameras, which Apple may have done for design parity across the 2019 iPhone lineup.

    Aside from the rear camera bump changes, the three upcoming iPhones feature no other design changes, at least not in these dummy models. There were rumors that the volume button would be redesigned with a round-style switch that we've previously seen in iPads, but that's not depicted here.

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    iPhone XS volume buttons compared to 5.8-inch 2019 iPhone dummy​

    These dummy models are based on schematics and leaks from Apple factories and are likely sourced from case makers eager to be the first to get cases for the new iPhones on the market. There's big money in getting an accurate look at upcoming iPhones to make early cases, and most years, dummy models like these are spot on.

    For the most part, these dummy models also are in line with most of the rumors that we've heard, so they're likely an accurate representation of what we can expect. There are no changes to the notch expected this year, though rumors suggest we could see some tweaks in 2020.

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    Display of iPhone XS Max compared to display of 2019 6.5-inch iPhone

    Apple may, however, remove 3D Touch from the 2019 iPhone lineup. The 2018 iPhone XR did not have 3D Touch, and we've heard a few rumors suggesting 3D Touch will be eliminated from all iPhones in 2019. It's not yet clear if this is accurate, but iOS 13 does hint at its removal by adding 3D Touch-style Context Menus that can be activated on devices like iPads with a long press.

    There were rumors that the new iPhones would use a frosted glass, also not seen in the models we have here. It's possible that a new glass look is still a planned feature and just wasn't included because material wouldn't impact case fit, but there's also a chance that rumor wasn't accurate.

    For the next-generation iPhone XR in particular, while not seen in the dummy model, there are rumors of new colors including a lavender shade and a green shade, which might replace the existing blue and coral colors.

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    A render of the colors we could see for the iPhone XR successor​

    We heard other early rumors about the 2019 iPhones that no longer seem to be accurate. There was talk that Apple's triple-lens camera would have some 3D sensing functionality that would be similar to the TrueDepth camera system, but that's been pushed to 2020 and will be a major feature of the 2020 iPhones.

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    There was also talk of Apple switching from Lightning to USB-C in the 2019 iPhone lineup because the company brought USB-C to the iPad lineup, but based on these dummy models and a multitude of rumors, Apple's sticking with Lightning.

    As for internals, we can expect an upgraded, faster A13 chip, and larger batteries could potentially bring some battery life improvements. One neat internal tweak will let the 2019 iPhones serve as Qi-based chargers for other devices, so you may be able to charge one iPhone with another or charge up your AirPods using your iPhone.

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    Faster Wi-Fi 6 support could be included in the 2019 iPhones, along with ultra wide-band support for improvements to indoor positioning and navigation. Apple may also include an 18W USB-C power adapter and a Lighting to USB-C cable with the new iPhones, allowing for fast charging out of the box.

    There's no word on what the 2019 iPhones will be called, but many have taken to referring to them as the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R, which is a possibility, though not confirmed.

    As for pricing, Apple may be planning to price the new iPhones similarly to the 2018 iPhones as we've heard no rumors about pricing updates. There's still a chance for some pricing tweaks, though, as Apple did see a dip in sales in countries like China that's partially attributable to high iPhone prices.

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    Apple is expected to unveil the new 2019 iPhones in September, and an event could potentially be held during the week of September 9. MacRumors has heard from a reliable source that Apple is planning to unveil the new iPhones on Tuesday, September 10, which is quite likely given past event dates.

    For more on what to expect from the 2019 iPhones, make sure to check out our full 2019 iPhone roundup.

    (Thanks to Sonny Dickson for helping us get our hands on these dummy models!)

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  2. FightTheFuture macrumors 65816

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    Unlike the notch - no-one will get passed that camera bump.
     
  3. Sedulous macrumors 68020

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    Not too excited about that epic camera square. Wish Apple would eliminate the camera bump, thicken the phone a little and put in a larger battery. Oh and at these prices, use actual sapphire lens instead of the stuff that has a hardness closer to regular glass. Speaking of glass, dump the glass backing for ceramic. If Apple wants to charge a premium, the product needs to actually differentiate that premium from everyone else. Lastly, please Apple, get those storage prices back down to Earth.
     
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  5. Vidd macrumors 6502a

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    Man, this year's iPhones just seem so akward. Should have jumped on last year's models.
    I think these are going to look very dated in a year.
     
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  7. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

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    If there is a noticeable difference in image quality because of the larger lens/sensor then they surely will get over the camera bump.
     
  8. tridley68 macrumors 6502a

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    Can't wait for a Gold 512Gb XS max to replace my 2018 model 512 GB XS max.
     
  9. Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    If the new 6.1” iPhone will truly have dual cameras, I can feel better about letting go of my X and jumping for the lower end model this time around. As long as it matches the processing power of the premium models
     
  10. JohnnyApple$eed macrumors member

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    Anyone feel like showing up out front of the launch to protest against these hideous designs that keep coming? It’s about time something like that happens.
     
  11. itsmilo macrumors 68030

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    Omg Steve Jobs crawled back out of his grave and moved to mars seeing this cancer bulge
     
  12. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a

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    FYI, the dispute between Japan & South Korea over hydrogen fluoride and photoresists could SIGNIFICANTLY impact the manufacturing cost of DRAM & NAND flash storage.
     
  13. forerunnerg34 macrumors 6502

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    Some customers: The notch is ugly.
    Apple: Hold my Jony.
     
  14. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    If it takes amazing pics the design won’t mean much

    Hope it’s not blacked out lens though
     
  15. eeboarder macrumors member

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    Does no one use a case? A case will somewhat “conceal” the camera bump.

    I like my Apple leather cases. The camera bump is a non-issue for me. The missing USB-C port is more of a concern.
     
  16. cardfan macrumors 68000

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    Not sure why anyone cares about 2019 iPhones. Those are old news. Focus on the 2020 iPhone instead.
     
  17. iRutherford macrumors regular

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    Ugliness.
     
  18. Pepe4life macrumors 6502

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    What I expect
    1. Disgusting camera design
    2. Garbage intel modems
    3. No usb-c
    4. Price hikes

    Pass.
     
  19. cra_cra macrumors newbie

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    Once you put a case on this, you hardly notice the lens or the bump. I've done 2 short films using the iPhone XS max, and if this camera will give better depth of field, you will see the trend pick up speed with regard to more filmmakers using their mobile to shoot films. With the software getting better (Filmic pro), it's getting harder and harder to tell a difference each year between your iPhone and a 10k camera.
     
  20. Bryan839 macrumors member

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    So boring this year. I’m tempted to stick with my Xs
     
  21. Mimiron macrumors member

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    This year’s lineup looks like dog sh!¥. Hideous, fugly, obnoxious.
     
  22. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I have upgraded annually or almost, having an X, 7 Plus, 6S Plus and 6 Plus.

    I only skipped the XS/XS Max in recent releases. And I can’t see any reason to swap out my X this year unless I decide to go Max or R for more screen. And I would only go R if the new R is not a step down from my current X in features.

    This seems like it is setting up to be a fairly unimpressive upgrade cycle.

    However, having skipped the opportunity in 12 and 13, PLEASE Apple, let’s have a MAJOR overhaul of Springboard in iOS 14 next year. Sooooooo old. We need an innovative and groundbreaking UI transformation.
     
  23. montycat macrumors 6502

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    I really don’t care what the back of a phone looks like. I spend 100% of the time looking at the front of it. My only wish is it didn’t have a bump. It makes no sense to have a camera lens so prone to being scratched.
     
  24. GeoStructural macrumors regular

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    I disagree, I think it is courageous.

    Have you seen the new emojis? Haven’t you fallen for the “privacy” speech?
    These iPhones are going to break records.
     
  25. Suttree macrumors regular

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    Disgusting. Once again, Apple putting function over form.
     

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