Ready for the next round of iPhones? The new iPhone 11 launch looks like it’s been outed – and it’s exactly as we predicted.
As iOS 13 beta 7 lands for the public today, developers have been hard at work finding out what’s hidden inside. While we haven’t cracked through it yet, iHelpBR has found something revealing about the new iPhone.
Located deep inside the code is a placeholder called ‘HoldForRelease’ – showing a homepage image with the calendar icon showing Tuesday, September 10.
That’s exactly the date we predicted for the iPhone 11 launch, fitting in perfectly with what we’ve seen rumored already and fitting with the previous launch cycle Apple has adhered to.
Previous iPhone launch dates
Tue Sept 10, 2019: iPhone 11 launch?
Wed Sept 12, 2018: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR
Tue Sept 12, 2017: iPhone X/8/8 Plus
Wed Sept 7, 2016: iPhone 7/7 Plus
Wed Sept 9 2015: iPhone 6S/6S Plus
Tue Sept 9, 2014: iPhone 6/6 Plus
Tue Sept 10, 2013: iPhone 5S/5C
Wed Sept 12, 2012: iPhone 5
Tue Oct 4, 2011: iPhone 4S
Mon June 7, 2010: iPhone 4
Mon June 8, 2009: iPhone 3GS
Mon June 9, 2008: iPhone 3G
Tue Jan 9, 2007: iPhone
iHelpBR pointed out that the same placeholder image was used last year in iOS 12 to show when the phone would be launched, displaying Wednesday September 12 (which turned out to be accurate), so we’re pretty confident the same will be happening this year.
So, if you’re interested in finding all about the new iPhone as it launches, make sure you’re not doing anything on September 10 – it’ll be an iJamboree across the tech sphere.
But what will we see?
Now, here’s the tricky bit. What will actually be shown on stage might seem obvious but there are a number of different things conflicting about what will be unveiled on September 10.
Current theory – based on a tweet and a case manufacturer’s placeholder entry for the new phones – suggests that we’ll get an iPhone 11 (replacing the 11R), and an iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max to sit in place of the XS and XS Max.
This seems unlikely for a couple of reasons: firstly, Apple doesn’t seem to be adding enough to the new phones for the name ‘pro’ to be appended. Were that to happen, we’d expect larger screen sizes, more power and ways to connect a greater number of accessories – things we’ve not seen a lot of so far in the leaks.
Equally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max seems an incredibly clunky name – Apple’s already teetering on the edge with things like the iPhone XS Max, so throwing a ‘Pro’ moniker in there simply doesn’t scan for a brand that revels in beauty so much.
Apple will be hoping this – along with the much-vaunted triple rear camera – will be enough for consumers to consider it more than just a mild upgrade, which is what many analysts are starting to predict.
TechRadar will be bringing you total coverage of the new iPhone launch as ever, so make sure you bookmark our roundup page to get all the info as it happens.