CNET: Apple’s iPhone 11 challenge: Touting modest upgrades now as 5G comes in 2020

The iPhone 11 may look a lot like the iPhone XS and X, but that won't stop Apple from proclaiming them as the "best iPhones yet."

Apple's iPhone 11 challenge: Touting modest upgrades now as 5G comes in 2020
Apple's iPhone 11 challenge: Touting modest upgrades now as 5G comes in 2020

The next batch of iPhones may carry a new number in their names, but make no mistake — this is another “S” year.

If the rumors hold true, Apple will unveil phones with essentially the same design for a third year in a row. 

Apple will confirm this when it hosts its annual phone launch, with the event kicking off Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT in the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s Cupertino, California, campus. It’s expected to introduce three new iPhone models, replacing the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR with the rumored iPhone 11, 11 Max/11 Pro and 11R. It also could update its iPad and Mac lineup, as well as introduce new AirPods, HomePod and other products. And its streaming services should make their debut, complete with pricing.  

It’s the new iPhones that will get the most attention and the biggest sales, though. The devices likely will get faster processors and the latest iOS software — essentially the baseline updates required every year. The biggest changes are expected to be a third camera lens on the back of the Pro models and a second on the R version.

The iPhones also should come with the ability to wirelessly charge AirPods on the back of the iPhone (a feature Samsung introduced earlier this year with the Galaxy S10) and include improved Face ID, among other tweaks. 

What the new iPhones likely won’t have, though, are major changes in design or function. The lack of big upgrades come at a time when all of Apple’s competitors have made big tweaks to their own designs, from the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10’s nearly all-screen design to the OnePlus 7 Pro’s pop-up camera.

And Apple won’t pack in features considered by many to be the future of mobile devices: 5G and foldable displays. If you want those in an iPhone, you’ll have to wait until 2020 — at best.  More

By SHARA TIBKEN cnet.com