The 2018 iPhones are excellent options, but some of you might want to skip the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR in favor of Apple’s rumored 2019 iPhones, phones that some are calling iPhone 11 or iPhone XI.
In September Apple launched two new iPhones. One is a 5.8-inch successor to the iPhone X dubbed iPhone XS. The other is a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus dubbed iPhone Xs Max.
Apple’s third phone is a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model called iPhone XR. The iPhone XR comes in a variety of colors and features a cheaper price point.
Those of you in the market for a new phone would be wise to go hands-on with Apple’s new iPhones before buying (or waiting to buy) your next phone. Others might want to start thinking about waiting for this year’s crop of iPhones.
We’re probably five months away from most of the 2019 iPhone announcements, but we’ve already seen a bunch of credible 2019 iPhone rumors emerge.
2019 iPhone Rumors
The company’s new iPhones will reportedly feature a new A13 processor, a new camera setup, 4GB of RAM and a dual-camera setup on the iPhone XR’s successor, OLED and LCD displays without 3D Touch, and Apple Pencil support.
Rumors claim the new 2019 iPhones will ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C like Apple’s newest iPad Pros. Several other reports claim the company will keep Lightning as the standard on the 2019 iPhones.
We’ve heard that Apple will continue to bundle in the familiar 5W power adapter with the new iPhones. If true, it would force 2019 iPhone users to spend additional cash on a faster charger.
We’ve also heard that Apple will finally bundle a 18W Fast Charger with the 2019 iPhones. These rumors not only contradict each other, they come from the same source.
A more recent report Japanese blog Mac Otakara claims the 2019 iPhones will come with the faster 18W charger in addition to a USB-C to Lightning cable. An 18W adapter would allow newer iPhone models to move from 1% battery to 79% battery in an hour.
Apple’s 2019 phones are still in development which means plans can and likely will change before they are unveiled to the public, but there are already some great reasons to think about waiting for the 2019 models.
In this guide we’ll take you through reasons to consider waiting and also some reasons to think about settling on another device in in the first half of this year.
Wait for Powerful Cameras
The 2018 iPhones come with Apple's best cameras, but if the upgrades aren't enough you'll want to think about waiting for the potential change coming with the 2019 iPhones.
2019 iPhone rumors have repeatedly pointed to a new camera setup. Specifically, they've hinted at a triple-lens rear camera system complete with advanced 3D sensing (for use with Augmented Reality) and stereoscopic imaging.
Adding a third lens would let Apple deliver 3X Optical Zoom on an iPhone for the very first time. This would allow users to magnify the subject in the camera's viewfinder up to three times without experiencing blurriness.
A report from Bloomberg states that the larger iPhone, presumably the iPhone XS Max's successor, will have a three-camera setup. The publication now says the iPhone XS' successor and the iPhone XS Max's successor will have a triple-lens rear camera.
Another report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara backs this report up though it says this setup could land on the 2019 iPhone XS and XS Max. The report claims at least one 2019 iPhone will have a square bump like Huawei's Mate 20 Pro.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone XS Max successor will be the only model with a triple-lens camera setup.
2019 iPhone renders from OnLeaks and Indian site CompareRaja showcase what this might look like.
The renders feature a smaller notch for the device's front-facing camera and TrueDepth camera system to go along with a triple-lens camera located in the back-center of the device. Mac Otakara's own renders fall in line with these.
The 2019 iPhone's rear chassis has apparently leaked out and it also shows markings that look like housing for a triple camera setup.
Supposed 2019 iPhone moldings, via Slashleaks by way of Weibo, showcase what this might look like in real life.
Apple reportedly hasn't finalized how it will implement the new camera into the iPhone's design which is why we've seen multiple versions of the design in the early going
There's no guarantee all of this happens, but it's clear Apple is betting on Augmented Reality (the company launched ARKit 2.0 with iOS 12) so the rumors are extremely credible.
If you're into AR games and apps or you simply aren't wow'd by the changes Apple made in 2018, think about waiting for the 2019 iPhones.
If Apple does plan to make these changes we should hear a lot more about it in the months ahead.
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