The iPhone 11's release date may have been accidentally revealed

The iPhone 11's release date may have been accidentally revealed
The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Apple’s iPhone announcements typically take place in early to mid-September and precede a launch around 1.5 weeks later. With just over one month to go, there’s still no official word from the company, but recent comments by the President of Japan’s Softbank could be a good indicator of what Apple has planned.

Apple may release the iPhone 11 series on September 20


During an investor conference earlier this week, Ken Miyauchi was asked about Softbank’s plans for the iPhone 11 launch in light of the recently announced Telecommunications Business Law which goes into effect on October 1. The latter will force local carriers to offer separate voice and data packages. As things stand, most companies bundle data and voice packs with flagship smartphones, therefore making it both difficult to find SIM-only plans and easier to overcharge customers. 

In response to the question, Miyauchi revealed that he had yet to decide what Softbank will do during the 10-day timeframe, although he quickly backtracked saying he shouldn’t have said anything. Nevertheless, this small bit of information is enough to determine the entire iPhone 11 timeline.


Considering the fact there are only 30 days in September, a quick bit of math leads us to an iPhone 11 series launch on Friday, September 20. This date lines up perfectly with Apple’s usual timeline – last year’s iPhone XS hit shelves on Friday, September 21 – and also suggests pre-orders will kick off exactly one week earlier on Friday, September 13.

In regards to the actual announcement event, Apple typically holds its press conferences on Tuesdays. If the company sticks to this strategy, the iPhone 11 lineup will likely be unveiled on September 10. The official pricing for Apple’s next flagship smartphones is yet to be confirmed but the company may stick to its current price points. Therefore, the iPhone 11R should retail at $749 unlocked while the iPhone 11 and 11 Max could cost $999 and $1,099 respectively.

What can be expected from the iPhone 11 trio?


The iPhone 11 series, for those of you that aren’t yet aware, is expected to introduce a variety of camera upgrades. On the rear, all three smartphones will benefit from large, square-shaped camera modules that now include extra cameras.

The new models will reportedly feature an update 12-megapixel primary sensor as standard in addition to a secondary 12-megapixel snapper which boasts a 2x telephoto zoom lens. As a bonus for users of the iPhone 11 and 11 Max, an all-new ultra-wide-angle camera that also boasts a 12-megapixel resolution is to be expected. The latter should support a new feature called ‘Smart Frame’ which captures the area outside of a photo or video frame. This gives users the ability to adjust the framing or cropping after the shot has been taken. Also, in a bid to respect user privacy, the additional information is reportedly retained for just a short amount of time before eventually being deleted automatically.

Apple’s next-gen iPhones are expected to look no different from the current models when it comes to the front. However, an upgraded 12-megapixel selfie camera is rumored to be present alongside an improved Face ID system which should now work at shorter distances and from wider angles.

Internally, the iPhone 11 series is expected to include Apple’s new A13 processor alongside iOS 13. Additionally, larger batteries for all devices are rumored as part of a strategy to improve battery life and allow other devices such as the Apple Watch or AirPods to be charged via reverse wireless charging.

Related phones

iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh
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

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11 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 177; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

That camera bump is FUGLY!

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Looks of a camera area don't matter. With that said Apple is just adding another camera to follow what Android OEMs have been doing for a few years now. Especially with the wide angle camera. The reverse charging is nice to have, if you want to use your phone to charge some things like your watch or ear buds. Just like the S10. So let's break it down. The new iPhones will have slightly larger batteries, reverse wireless charging, wide angle camera, and like every year an A13. Oh, and Apple is including in the box a fast charger and matching cable. That is what everyone has been doing for years now, so that doesn't count. That should have been there from day one. But Apple was greedy. So in other words not too much of a new iPhone, or in other words a way for Apple to keep the same pricing, or maybe raise the prices even more. We will have to wait and see if Apple raises the prices even higher.

2. briankeithmays

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Dont care!

3. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You cared enough to click the article and also comment

11. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Honestly I do understand what he means. The release is a month away and it doesnt excite me at all (which it used to) Apple has become to predictable and its just gonna be more of the same at an even higher price. I like Apple but this time I went with the samsung s10+ at releasedate because I could save 629 euros (difference between iphone xs max price and the s10+) When I went on holiday with a friend who has the iphone xs, we shot like 5000 photos and videos etc, and we basically realized the phones are essentially the same. In certain situations the iphone xs is better, other situations the s10+ but none is overall better than the other. Which brings us back to the price...... the iphone price is basically ridiculous. At this moment I can buy an s10 and an s10+ for the price of 1 iphone xs max.

13. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The iPhone has updates for several years and many exclusive apps and games, all the services exclusive for iOS, customer service, etc, I understand many people base their decisions only in hardware but I think all those “extra” that many of you take for granted give more value to the device and therefore increase the price, I can be pretty safe with my XS for three years and the experience will be superb as it’s been with my previous iPhones, while many android users feel forced and upgrade almost every year, at the end of the day it can be more expensive to have an android “flagship” than an iPhone

4. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Can’t wait for iphone 11 and Macbook 16” but I need to get the new titanium card first.

6. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Please don't put yourself into debt only to be part of the "elite" group. You better save the money and get those things credit-less

7. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

My guess is that money isn't problem for him.

12. Deadeye

Posts: 131; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

sure, having rich parents is always a bonus.

8. mackan84

Posts: 609; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

If people didn’t get themselves in debt the world would be without jobs and money. But yeah, $3K for that MacBook is ridiculous.

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