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It looks like you’ll once again have to choose from three handsets when it comes to deciding on your next iPhone. Because according to unnamed sources working inside of Apple’s supply chain, the company is expected to launch three “iPhone 11” devices this fall — devices which mirror 2018’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
The handsets are currently codenamed D42 (which will replace the iPhone XS), D43 (which will replace the iPhone XS Max), and N104 (which will replace the iPhone XR). In terms of hardware, all three models will feature the Apple A13 chip. The new chip is expected to improve multi-core CPU performance resulting in a faster, more capable smartphone.
All three devices are also expected to continue to use Lightning ports, as opposed to the USB-C port used on the 2018 iPad Pro models and on Apple’s MacBook computers. If true, the good news for users is that their Lightning accessories will continue to work with the 2019 iPhones.
The new iPhone 11 devices should also feature a new version of Apple’s Taptic Engine, which is known internally by the codename “leap haptics.” Apple’s current-generation Taptic Engine provides haptic feedback on both the iPhone and Apple Watch. Since the 2019 iPhones are expected to drop support for 3D Touch, it has been speculated that an improved Taptic Engine could help simulate the 3D Touch effect on Apple’s newer iPhone models. We’ve already seen glimpses of this in iOS 13 beta releases.
The source also states that the higher-end iPhones will include a three-camera setup on the rear of the devices – a familiar rumor. The new camera module is said to be capable of capturing wide-angle images; this camera would sit alongside the traditional camera and the additional 2x camera used to capture close-up pictures.
In addition to all this, a new front-facing camera will add support for slo-mo and video recording at 120fps.
Finally, the same source claims that the iPhone XS- and XS Max-replacing D42 and D43 models will include a 3x OLED Retina display; the iPhone XR-replacing N104, however, will include a 2x Liquid Retina display, which is also the case with the current-generation model.
Of course, Apple is expected to unveil the new handsets at its fall event in September, so we don’t have long to wait until we get our first official glimpse of the new models. If these reports are anything to go by, it looks like we have a lot to look forward to.