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iPhone 11 Release Date Could Change Due To Three New Models

With the iPhone X now in the can, many Apple fans are wondering when the iPhone 11 release date will be. Of course, the branding for the next-generation smartphone from Apple is not set in stone, but it is believed that it will follow on from the iPhone X next year, with the X obviously referring to the number ten.

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This would mean that the iPhone 9 is skipped completely, and the hot talk in the next year will then focus on when the iPhone 11 release date will be.

Three models

Well, the interesting news on this critical smartphone release is that it will probably result in three new smartphones. The latest rumors from close to the Apple supply chain suggest that Apple will throw something of a curve ball in 2018, and introduce a certain model at the affordable end of the price spectrum.

Whether this will be the iPhone SE2 that has been rumored in some quarters remains to be seen, but Apple seems to be acknowledging the diversification of the smartphone niche.

Nikkei Asian Review asserts that when the iPhone 11 release date rolls round, two of the models delivered by the consumer electronics giants will support the OLED displays that it introduced earlier this year. The third will rely on the LCD technology that has been the foundation of the iPhone range until 2017, and that this device will also spot a more affordable price tag.

Redesign imminent

Interestingly, it is also suggested that this third iPhone 11 model will deliver a significant redesign. Nikkei Asian Review reports that the appearance of the smartphone will differ from either of the two premium models, suggesting that the branding of the device may be different as well.

“The 6.1-inch LCD model will probably sport a metal back available in several colors,” an anonymous Apple source suggested. Interestingly, the same source also hinted that the display size in the iPhone 11 generation will be much larger than current releases, with the premium model attracting a 6.3-inch screen.

In fact, according to the report, the budget version of the iPhone 11 will feature a 5.8-inch screen, which will be equal in size to the existing iPhone X. This shows just how rapidly the goalposts are moving in the smartphone niche, with the 4.7-inch screen of the iPhone 8 seeming a little obsolete at this stage.

Release date

In terms of the iPhone 11 release date, it is likely that it will be somewhat similar to previous devices. But the fact that Apple is apparently considering a massive redesign of the iPhone series, and also intending to deliver three distinct devices simultaneously for the first time, could push back the schedule.

However, Apple may opt for a staggered release for the iPhone 11, as indeed was the case with the iPhone X and iPhone 8. While it could be argued that there were three model releases this year from Apple, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are rather similar, whereas it appears that the three versions of the iPhone 11 will be radically different.

So we can expect the mainstream iPhone 11 release date to be around September 2018, with the two other models to appear at an approximately similar time. It seems quite likely that the unveiling of the three models will happen at a special event, but that the equivalent of the iPhone X will be pushed backwards, possibly to an October slot. What can be said with some confidence is that all three versions of the iPhone 11 will appear well before the key holiday period.

Augmented reality

The iPhone 11 will be a fascinating device when it appears, and it seems that Apple is ready to introduce some exciting new functionality to the smartphone. The corporation is already reportedly working on augmented reality cameras that will sit on the back of its next smartphone generation, according to leaks from close to the mega-corporation.

Apple has, of course, already come out strongly in favour of augmented reality, with CEO Tim Cook explicitly stating that the corporation is excited by this innovation. However, Apple has chosen to retain the Touch ID system that has provided security in the past, while still emphasizing that augmented reality and Face ID is a massive part of its future.

It will be interesting to see the dichotomy between virtual reality and augmented reality develop in the coming years. Already the major players in the tech sphere have thrown their weight behind one technology or the other, and Apple is firmly in the augmented reality camp.

4K resolution

Another possibility for the iPhone 11 release date will be the unveiling of 4K technology in an Apple smartphone for the first time. This possibility is heightened by the revelation that one of the iPhone 11 models will feature a 6.3-inch screen, suggesting that an increased pixel resolution will be particularly valuable.

4K resolution will be one of the issues that will dominate the smartphone sphere into 2018, with Samsung also expected to release a 4K mobile at some point. It is also interesting to note that Apple’s great rival is also readying a smaller smartphone release, which would naturally compete against the existing iPhone SE.

There have been rumors that Apple will also update its diminutive smartphone with an iPhone SE2 release in 2018, but based on the information regarding the iPhone 11 it seems that this is more likely to happen around the release date of the next Apple Watch.

As the smartphone space becomes ever more diverse, we can expect more product releases from the likes of Apple and Samsung, as they attempt to cover all bases. This is bound to have an impact on the iPhone 11 release date.