The iPhone 11 could finally introduce upgraded Bluetooth capabilities

The iPhone 11 could finally introduce upgraded Bluetooth capabilities
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R are all expected to introduce a variety of upgrades come this September, but according to a new report by Mac Otakara (via 9To5Mac), one of the new features can already be found on Samsung's latest flagships.

Listen to audio through two Bluetooth devices simultaneously

Although the latest iPhones do support multiroom audio to AirPlay 2 speakers, Apple’s software current limits audio through regular Bluetooth devices to just one at a time. But starting with the iPhone 11 lineup, Apple could finally adopt Dual Audio which, as its name suggests, allows audio to be played through two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. The feature is already present on Samsung's Galaxy S10 and in practice means that you could play audio through two sets of AirPods, two speakers, or any other combination of Bluetooth devices.

Aside from software support, the only requirement for this feature to work is the presence of a Bluetooth 5.0 chip. As a result, the iOS 13 update that Apple will be announcing next week may also introduce Dual Audio support for devices dating back to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, both of which were the first iPhones to include Bluetooth 5.0 chips.

Unfortunately, today’s report doesn't contain any other information about Apple’s upcoming iPhones. Previous reports have, however, suggested that Dual Audio won’t be the only feature borrowed from the Galaxy S10. In fact, it’s rumored that the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R will all introduce support for reverse wireless charging, a feature that should allow the devices to be used as wireless chargers for AirPods and the Apple Watch, in addition to other Qi-enabled products.

Reportedly, this will be paired with bigger batteries inside all three devices. Specifically, the iPhone 11 Max is rumored to include a capacity of between 3,491mAh and 3,650mAh, while the regular iPhone 11 should boast a battery capacity of between 3189mAh and 3,322mAh. The iPhone 11R, on the other hand, may include a 3,089mAh cell. Another rumor suggests Apple’s next flagships will ship with 18W USB-C fast chargers in the box, rather than the 5W equivalent currently used.

The iPhone 11 series will reportedly bring big camera upgrades

In addition to the changes mentioned above and the new features expected from iOS 13, the iPhone 11 series is expected to make some rather drastic changes to the camera department.

Over on the rear, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max are expected to benefit from a new super-wide-angle camera that supports a 120-degree field of view and a 12-megapixel resolution, although no optical image stabilization is to be expected. This should then be paired with two other 12-megapixel sensors, one of which will act as the primary camera while the other is set to support a 2x telephoto lens. Also, optical image stabilization is to be expected.

Regarding the iPhone 11R, this particular model isn’t set to include the super-wide-angle camera due to its lower price point. However, previous renders have suggested the 12-megapixel telephoto camera will indeed make an appearance. 

In all cases, the cameras are rumored to arrive alongside an upgraded LED flash that is brighter and capable of lighting up more surrounding area. Additionally, improvements to the company’s image signaling processor are to be expected for better photography results. Also, an upgraded Smart HDR feature that is “better than anything Google or Samsung or Huawei have done before” is rumored.

Completing the camera setup on all devices will apparently be an upgraded selfie snapper that boasts a 12-megapixel resolution – existing iPhones sport 7-megapixel sensors – although it’s unclear at this point if Apple has any new software features planned for this camera.

Related phones

iPhone 11
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3110 mAh



1. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Sometimes I’m just reminded of so many things iPhones can’t do yet I’m still using one due to how well they hold value in my country. iOS is so limited it’s not even funny.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Umm, there is still a lot that iOS cannot do. You don't have to look to much to see how iOS is so far behind. Another very important thing that Bluetooth 5 audio brings is playing audio from two different sources. So you can play music, and have a conversation on the phone with someone else via Bluetooth. I guess Apple doesn't want to steal that part of Bluetooth 5. Let the people do more than one thing at once has also been too much more iPhones. Hey just look iPhones still don't support split screen multitasking. See you don't have to look to much to see how far behind iOS is.

2. shiv179

Posts: 192; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Not borrow, COPY!

4. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It is blasphemy mentioning 'COPY' on an Apple article ;)

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The original title was actually going to include "copy." The only reason I switched it for "borrow" is that the reverse wireless charging story that is linked in today's article already includes "copy" in the title. I always try to switch things around with my titles, especially if I'm linking previous stories. Here's the story I'm talking about:

10. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You seem mostly unbiased. Sorry if I commented that on your article, but I was referring mostly to the majority of writers here. Everyone has a bias, but in my opinion, it should be the least pronounced in articles, especially if the site is not advertised as a promoter for particular brands.

28. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

The most recent headline change as of May 27, 2019, more accurately describes Apple finally including what's been on the market for a while.

23. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.1 is the standard that all manufacturers should be using in their premium products. Apple isn't borrowing anything from Samsung but rather have finally decided to stop depriving their consumers of something should have at the very least had for the 2018 iPhone lineup. The Samsung Galaxy s10 lineup didn't introduce this either because the Samsung Galaxy s8 lineup already had this feature enable because it has Bluetooth 5.0 chipsets. I can't say for sure that it was available at launch but I can say that I've been using the Bluetooth dual audio feature with my s8 Active for a while. The headline for this article should say something more along the lines of "Apple finally decides to use the latest generation Bluetooth chipsets that support dual audio."

27. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Thank you, PA for renaming this article.

29. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

PA listened and corrected. Respect to Joshua.

3. Plutonium239

Posts: 1246; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Only now will iPhones get this? My galaxy s8+ has this. So late to the game.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4331; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep, this has been around for a couple generations now.

22. oldskool50 unregistered

No it has not. It wasn't until Bluetooth 5.0 that dual audio was supported by the spec. Samsung implemented this ability with WiFi-Direct which is also a standard network protocol and Samsung introduced that with the S4. But this was not over BT. BT4 did not support this capability, so it can't be 2 generations old.

24. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Finally, someone that knows what they are talking about!

25. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Let me further clarify by saying that I like your explanation of the WiFi direct streaming dating back to the s4 oldskool50. Both this reply and my previous one were actually toward oldskool50, not cmdacos. However oldskool50, the users Plutonium239 and cmdacos are referring to Bluetooth 5.0 being two Samsung Galaxy generations old, not Bluetooth versions. The s8 series for Samsung does have Bluetooth 5.0 chipsets.

7. mohsin845

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Apple introduce notch first, all chinese oem follow them. Now Apple is going to introduce ugly triple camera setup...then all chinese oem also follow this....

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

All Chinese OEM's are also ditching the notch fast. Let's see Apple copy that.

11. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

First notch was introduced by Sharp and Essential.

13. XyAzario

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

Thanks for pointing that to him, *face-palm*.. Always have to remind people.

8. Wazupmrg

Posts: 198; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Ok. I think that

14. ahmadkun

Posts: 665; Member since: May 02, 2016

Monkey see, monkey do.

18. DJayPG

Posts: 2; Member since: May 27, 2019

When it came to Samsung "borrowing" a feature like the fingerprint back then it would always be "sTeAl" and now Apple is taking things from Samsung so now it's bOrRoWiNg

19. oldskool50 unregistered

This feature is basically useless. Apple wasting time adopting pointless features. Like reverse charging is pointless right now too when it takes forever for it to charge even headphones. Apple if you want sales to stop tanking, lower the price and do something useful like put in a 4000MaH battery. Even cheaper phones have better features that are far an away more useful.

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