The iPhone 11 might not be Apple's next iPhone

The iPhone 11 might not be Apple's next iPhone
Apple used to have a pretty consistent iPhone naming scheme. On so-called ‘tick’ years it’d release models such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 while on ‘tock’ years it’d launch the likes of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5S, and iPhones 6S. This continued until 2017 when the company decided to switch things up.

Rather than releasing the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus as everyone was expecting, Apple went straight to the iPhone 8 branding. Minutes later, it also announced the iPhone X which was confusingly pronounced ‘ten’ in honor of the smartphone’s tenth anniversary. 

Last year, the Cupertino giant did very little to help the situation. Rather than selecting a different name, it stuck with the ‘X’ branding that few people pronounce correctly and subsequently released the iPhone XR and iPhone XS. But with the iPhone 11 now looming, it appears Apple could be preparing yet another marketing shakeup.

The iPhone Pro could be the name of the next iPhone 

According to tipster “CoinX” who revealed the iPhone XS/XR naming scheme last year and also confirmed the existence of a 10.5-inch iPad Air weeks before it was introduced, Apple’s next-gen iPhones will make use of the ‘Pro’ moniker. Specifics about what the company is planning weren’t divulged but it seems there are three possibilities.

Scenario 1: The models currently referred to as the iPhone 11 and 11 Max are branded as the iPhone Pro (5.8-inch) and iPhone Pro (6.5-inch). As for the iPhone XR’s replacement, Apple could launch it as the iPhone (2019). This is perhaps the most likely option as it coincides perfectly with the company’s iPad branding.

Scenario 2: The iPhone XS and XS Max successors are launched as the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max. The latter is a little clunky but certainly not impossible considering iPhone XS Max doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. In this particular case, the next-gen iPhone XR would still likely be branded as the iPhone (2019).

Scenario 3: The iPhone XS is replaced by the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XS Max is substituted by the iPhone 11 Pro. The 2019 iPhone XR model, on the other hand, would likely be called the iPhone 11R.

What differentiates the 2019 iPhone models from the XS/XR?

This year’s iPhones are set to be virtually identical to the 2018 models when it comes to the front panel’s design, but reports suggest Apple is planning a rather drastic change on the rear.

Much like Google’s Pixel 4, the 2019 iPhone series is expected to debut with a square-shaped camera module on the rear that positioned in the top-left corner. A main camera similar to the one found on current-gen iPhones is to be expected on all three models in addition to a telephoto alternative. But what will differentiate the Pro-branded models from the non-Pro device is the third camera.

According to multiple leaks, Apple is planning to include a 12-megapixel camera paired with an ultra-wide-angle lens. The setup will give next-gen iPhones the chance to better compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 or Huawei’s upcoming Mate 30 Pro, and it should also support an all-new feature called ‘Smart Frame.’ The exact details of this are yet to be confirmed but it reportedly captures extra information outside of a photo’s frame to allow cropping and other adjustments later on.

Moving away from the cameras, rumors suggest all 2019 iPhone models will include larger batteries and support for reverse wireless charging, the latter of which should mean AirPods and Apple Watch units can be charged wireless by placing them on the iPhone’s back. Completing the setup be Apple’s A13 Bionic and iOS 13.

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



1. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Looks like the ipad will have ugly cam square too.

3. Georgio

Posts: 296; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

YEEEEEEESSSS!! I like the look ; this ipad pro is mine!!

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Looks are one thing, but I think Apple has to step up their game to follow suite with more ram and storage. Because any iPhone pro that only has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage as a base, is not a pro device, period. The Galaxy S10 that came out in February comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage as a minimum. You can get the Note 10 with 8 to 12 GB of RAM and it has a minimum of 256 GB of storage. If Apple's iPhone pro has anything less than these specs. Then Apple is just using the pro moniker to be able to hold the higher price values. A wide angle camera has been on many Android smartphones for years now. So that shouldn't be a pro feature.

15. midan

Posts: 3123; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

More than 128GB shouldn’t be minimum. I don’t want to pay for space which i won’t ever need. 256GB is overkill. Two years ago i bought Pro 10.5” 256GB to play safe, currently i have 193GB free. I have no idea where people these days need so much space.

40. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I am using almost 16Gb on iPad, that's include 1Gb of iOS 12.4 I dont wanna install. But I know ppl that keep their lives on the phone. More than 1000 photos ( personal and kinky ones) . Videos recorded by them. Videos from whatsapp 20GB or more just for games. Ebooks Movies TV shows Music videos Most stuff I would keep on computer instead of my phone.

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Recording any 4k video, especially at 60 fps eats any smartphones space, including the iPhones. For midan I want to say that the new Note 10 from Samsung has a base price of $950. That includes the 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage. So the base XS is $1000, and it only comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. My entire point is if you can buy an iPhone or any smartphone for the same price, and it offers you more storage and ram, then that benefits everyone. Especially developers, because they can now do more, and have less restrictions. Apple has to step up and give more, period.

50. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I have a 64gb LG and it's full plus a 128gb sd card that's half. I take a lot of pictures. I also have a mirrorless. I'm always the one tasked to take photos. Before this I had a 128gb 7 plus and I barely used half. Use cases changed significantly.

56. midan

Posts: 3123; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I take lot of photos too. I have around 5000 photos currently, iOS got the feature which makes photos two times smaller, photos takes very small amount of space.

16. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I would expect the iPhone Pro models to ship with 128GB of storage as standard. Not sure if Apple will up the RAM count though.

17. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

RAM isn’t an issue with iPhones as they still run faster than a 12gb RAM android phone but storage should definitely be on the higher side. I hope to see a 1 terabyte IPhone this time though it’s not likely. If it happens they’ll have 3 models 128GB, 512 GB and the ultimate 1 TB.

20. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 762; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Lol. Watch any speed test done in the last year and see if you still believe that.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Mike88 you can't possibly believe that crap that iPhones still run faster. Especially since Android smartphones have real multitasking and split screen multitasking. All Android smartphones, even the cheapest ones can run multiple tasks simultaneously. Something that NO iPhone can do to this day. All iPhones halt the task you left, where as Android smartphones continue to run the task you switch from. IPhones run apps like the old palm pilots of yesteryear. Last time I checked it was 2019.

23. Tizo101

Posts: 603; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

RAM is for multitasking not speed

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Ram helps out in terms of overall speed, especially if the system doesn't have to swap out and halt older tasks (apps) from running. Try and remember an OS with more ram can run more things, without swapping out older tasks to the much slower perminent storage.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's another reason why many Android smartphones these days run circles around even the latest iPhones. But then again iPhones only run one task at a time. So you can't expect them to take advantage of more ram. I forgot they are made for simple folk.

61. oldskool50 unregistered

That I'd false. The more ram you have, the more apps can be stored in ram and all the extra things that run, which takes the load off the CPU. Giving you more speed. You have no idea what you are talking about

48. tedkord

Posts: 17469; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except in real world speed tests, where the iPhone consistently loses to phones half the price.

63. cmdacos

Posts: 4330; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Except keeping apps in memory seems to be a challenge for the latest iPhones

73. oldskool50 unregistered

I agree. When you have a phone that hardly does anything, why add extra hardware you don't need. Yes, cause "some" Android phones that have 8 or 12GB of RAM, actually do somethign to make the ram worth it. After all, the more tasks an SoC can hold in RAm, the faster the phoen is and that is a fgact. And since the iPhone is limited in its multi-tasking capability; how do you justify paying $1000 for less of everything. I mean you hype the iPhone so much, but compare the iPhone to just the Galaxy S for the same price. You have a smaller battery that doesn't last even a work day of usage. Cameras that simply take acceptable photos. You have a UI that makes you do this backwards. No fast charger, lower rsolutions, less ram, less cores, less capability and less of everything. Since you have less, shouldn't you also pay less? I mean if a phoen with 12GB of RAM, cost basiclaly the same as your with 3/4GB of RAM; which one is actually the real better phone. I'm not asking which phone is best for you. Saying the fact is, those phone you are hating like the Note as an example; are far and away a more versatile tool for its price. The main and only thing wrong with the iPhone is it costs to much for low spec'd hardware.

29. whatev

Posts: 2414; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lol, that’s an iPad Air photoshopped *smh

71. oldskool50 unregistered

That is ugly as hell. It's over. Apple is most surely done.

2. hypertonik

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Why "Pro"? Let them call it "Con"! Can't Apple "think different"?

6. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Scenario 3 is more acceptable. Apple is confusing consumers.

18. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Pro in apple devices has a meaning. It’s actually for pro users like the MacBook Pro for professionals over MacBook for general day to day tasks. iPad Pro and iPad differentiating pro and daily tasks and the Mac Pro for very professional things. An iPhone isn’t a pro device so the naming scheme would be a joke like many android phones with pro in the end of their names.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Midan you said an iPhone isn't a pro device so the naming scheme would be a joke. Well that we can all agree on. However Android smartphones these days go way beyond any iPhone. The S10 has a minimum of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and the Note 10 has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, plus they can run multiple apps simultaneously, and even have pen support, have desktop modes, can use mice, do a lot more than any iPhone today, by a mile.

24. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Confusing Mike as Midan just because we both are iPhone users shows your desperation against apple. I think Midan scares you in your dreams coz he is using an iPhone in 2019. Well don’t write my name on your notebook next.

26. Vancetastic

Posts: 1770; Member since: May 17, 2017

To be fair, you do kind of sound like the same person.

27. Vancetastic

Posts: 1770; Member since: May 17, 2017

“An iPhone isn’t a pro device”. I’m going to remember that.

31. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I get where you're coming from but the same professionals that buy a Mac/MacBook Pro would probably also use Apple's best iPhone or iPad. Hence why it makes sense to brand them all as 'Pro' models. People who buy the standard iPhone, on the other hand, are more likely to buy a regular iPad and Mac/MacBook.

37. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Being an iPad Pro,MacBook Pro and iPhone XS user,I still won’t like my next iPhone to be called as a pro over 11 but it’ll not be that bad either. Not a deal breaker at all and they are likely to keep it for the big screen max version.

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