After the huge success of the iPhone X last year, Apple will soon try to convince its fans to upgrade for the iPhone XI and top the Fall 2018 smartphone sales. Anything is possible for the world’s first trillion-dollar company, isn’t it?
Since the release of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, Apple holds the top two spots for the most-shipped smartphone models in the world, according to Business Insider. Turns out the 999-dollar device was not too expensive after all. However, Apple has yet to demonstrate why users should forget about their last year big expense and move on to the iPhone XI. It might not be easy peasy.
The iPhone XI is not as anticipated as its predecessor but it has some interesting specs – or should we say rumored specs. Apple’s next flagship is said to come with a 5.8-inch OLED display, just like the iPhone X, if we are to believe the schematics presented by OnLeaks and MySmartPrice.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple is about to bring the gold color back. The iPhone XI could be available in black, or white, or gold. As a reminder, the last gold iPhone was the SE in 2016. The frame is likely to be sandwiched by a glass finish like it was the case for the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.
9to5Mac suggests that the phone could ship in grey, red, orange, and blue as well.
We read rumors claiming that the iPhone XI will be slightly thicker than its predecessor due to a larger rear camera sensor and lens. This means that some improvements have been made to the camera. And if the rear camera is getting more powerful, we can safely assume that the front camera will also benefit from an upgrade. The selfie aficionados will appreciate it… or not. Remember these complaints about the iPhone X camera showing people’s skin imperfections too clearly? Although, still according to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple won’t bring back the TrueDepth camera used for Face ID and Animoji.
The phone should be shipped with iOS 12 and a focus on augmented reality is coming for sure with ARKit 2.
It goes without saying, the new smartphone is expected to be capable of supporting faster mobile data speeds. It should also come with a dual-SIM card slot and 4GB of RAM.
The iPhone XI battery could be 10% larger than the iPhone X battery. It should charge faster and last longer.
What about the headphone port?
The headphone port was eliminated with the iPhone 7 and it won’t come back anytime soon. It looks like Apple will also exclude the 3.5mm-to-Lightning headphone jack adapter from this year’s iPhone boxes, Stuff reports. “That flimsy little dongle helped headphone owners cope with the omitted opening, but with Apple pushing its AirPods and wireless Beats headphones, plus Lightning-connected earbuds in the box, the adapter could be a thing of the past.” Now you know.
Good news, we might only have to wait just for a few days to find out. As you know, Apple’s smartphone-focused keynotes take place in early September. This could be a perfect timing to introduce this new product to the public.
Bad news, a few sources estimate the price to be the same as last year’s model or very close to it. Not so surprising though now that Tim Cook knows that buyers are willing to pay more than a thousand dollars (the price plus taxes) to possess a smartphone with the half-bitten fruit logo on it.
Kuo bets that the iPhone XI could sell for less than $800. The analyst is often right when it comes to Apple’s devices, but isn’t this too optimistic?
One more thing left to find out: The name. Everybody seems to agree that it should be called iPhone XI but some rumors have claimed that the Cupertino-based company could as well go with iPhone X2. Does it really matter? Probably. At the office, we all have a preference for iPhone XI. What about you?