In this week’s Apple Core roundup we’re breaking down the latest rumors about the iPhone XR sequel, along with production updates regarding the rest of Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup.
This week Apple also released the last major software updates to iOS, MacOS, WatchOS and TVOS before WWDC. Find out what new features to expect on your iPhone and other Apple devices once you upgrade.
Apple begins production of a key iPhone 11 part
We are less than four months away from meeting the next batch of iPhones, which means mass production of these devices is inching closer and closer. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Apple is about to start mass producing its A13 chips, the next-generation processors that are expected to power their new batch phones. The report also mentions the 2019 iPhones are expected to have reverse wireless charging, like Samsung’s Galaxy S10, and a three-camera array on the back.
The iPhone XR may look different this year
The internet has been flooded with concept photos and videos detailing what the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will look like with a three-camera array on the back. Most of the leaks at this point seem to have settled on a the same design: three lenses on the back of the phone enclosed in a large, protruding square.
The design hasn’t had a very positive reception among Apple fans, and now it looks like the 11R may share the same design fate.
This week Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeted an image showing a 3D render of the iPhone 11R along with the rest of the lineup, showing it has the same large, square bump on its back despite the fact that it only has two lenses. The iPhone 11R is rumored to be adding a telephoto lens this year, while the other, more expensive models will get a super-wide-angle lens.
But at least some flashy new colors may help distract from the bump. According to supply-chain blog Macotakara cited in 9to5Mac, the iPhone 11R will add lavender and green to its color palette, adding to last year’s white, black, yellow and red options. (Last year’s coral and blue hues are being phased out.) More