In a recent report’s supremely reliable Apple insider Guilherme Rambo has confirmed all three of Apple’s new 2019 iPhones and their standout features. But it is not all good news.
Quoting “people who’ve seen the devices”, Rambo reveals the model numbers that will replace the iPhone XS (D42, reference iPhone12,3 in iOS code), iPhone XS Max (D43, iPhone12,5) and iPhone XR (N104, iPhone12,1). Commercial names for the so-called iPhone 11 family remain unknown, but all three models will have the same screen resolutions as their predecessors with the D42 and D43 retaining OLED panels and therefore the N104 once again restricted to LCD.
More positively, Rambo has also recognized the hardware inside the new iPhones. He reveals the much-vaunted A13 chipset is codenamed ‘Cebu’ within Apple and it holds the model number T8030. The A13 will do some major heavy lifting too, powering new and latest camera technology called ‘Smart-Frame’. This records outside the cameras’ standard framing so misaligned shots can be saved through re-cropping later. Every photo will consist of this extra knowledge with Apple discarding it automatically if edits are not made after a certain time.
As for the new triple camera design on the rear of the D42 and D43, Rambo says the third lens is indeed a wide-angle camera that will be an iPhone first. But sadly, the ugly new design is final as well.
Boosting the fans who are disappointed that Apple has canceled 3D Touch, Rambo says the new iPhones will present a replacement called ‘leap haptics’. Details around it are scant, but he does say it will be powered by a new type of Taptic Engine.
On the flip aspect, if you had your hopes up about Apple’s seemingly accidental iPhone USB-C revelation, there’s bad news. The Lightning Port will survive another year.
So yes, Rambo’s report does add some meat to the very bare-bones that are Apple’s iPhone 11 updates and there are some impressive additions. That said, this all still pales as compared to the new design, radical display, return of Touch ID and step-up to 5G which can greet patient iPhone upgraders next year.