Possible iPhone 11 names and release schedule take shape in credible new reports

Possible iPhone 11 names and release schedule take shape in credible new reports
While August has become Samsung Galaxy Note month in recent years, Apple typically captures the spotlight in September to formally unveil and commercially release hot new iPhones. This year will obviously be no exception, but although we seem to have a great deal of inside information on 2019's successors to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max already, a number of key details are not quite etched in stone yet.

As always, we'll need to wait for the Cupertino-based tech giant to start sending press invites before knowing exactly when the iPhone 11 lineup will see daylight, with a little bit of uncertainty also floating around the official names of the three upgraded iOS handsets currently in the pipeline. A pair of new reports tackles precisely this info, and even if we still can't be 100 percent sure of, well, anything, a Wedbush analyst quoted by 9To5Mac and a fairly reputable manufacturer of smartphone accessories are lending further credence to some already plausible theories.

A simultaneous release for all three new iPhone models


When Apple first switched from a two-variant to a three-model lineup, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus made their joint commercial debut in September, followed by the groundbreaking "all-screen" iPhone X in November. The next year, it was actually the lower-cost iPhone XR that came to market a little later. Specifically, on October 26, 2018, which was five weeks after the higher-end iPhone XS and XS Max.


This time around, however, Apple is reportedly prepared to dispatch both its two new OLED models and single LCD variant at the same time. That's at least what Dan Ives from financial services and investment firm Wedbush Securities expects based on the latest "supply chain checks." In other words, there are no signs of production difficulties or bottlenecks of any sort for the three refreshed iPhones, all of which are tipped to go on sale sometime in the second week of September.

That sounds unusually early considering iPhone XS and XS Max sales kicked off on September 21, 2018, while 2017's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus debuted on September 22. This new tidbit also clashes with the September 20 date revealed by a top executive at a Japanese carrier last week, but perhaps that was an erroneous piece of information after all.

iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max names gain steam


For quite some time, we expected Apple to maintain the Roman numeral-based branding for the 2019 iPhone family. But let's face it, the rumored iPhone XI R and XI Max monikers always sounded a little off. iPhone 11 R didn't seem like an ideal choice either, and although iPhone 11 Pro Max is a bit convoluted as well, this latest guess is arguably the best-sounding yet.


Unfortunately, it's important to highlight this is still largely an educated guess and little else. Granted, it's probably based on supply chain intelligence collected by case maker ESR, but that doesn't guarantee its reliability. For the time being, the company simply has reason to believe iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max are the most likely names of the three impending devices. 

In case you're wondering (and you probably are), that means the direct iPhone XR sequel with a 6.1-inch LCD panel and dual rear-facing cameras could be labeled as a straightforward iPhone 11, while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max would follow in the footsteps of 2018's iPhone XS and XS Max with divisive square-shaped triple lens modules and OLED screens reportedly measuring 5.8 and 6.5 inches in diagonal respectively.

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10 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 808; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I just read a post the user says " Max " will have almost 4000mAh. I highly doubt. Apple is too greedy to do it. I'd believe if he had said 3300.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 399; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If it has a 4000mAh battery it will undoubtedly be the battery champ in real life not just phone arena test. Like you, I doubt this will be the case, although Apple, year after year, slowly chops down weaknesses, maybe this is the year of the battery since no other rumor is that exciting.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1389; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If it does come with a 4000mAh battery, they will definitely have a reason for it being there. There will either be a new app, or big advancement in AR/VR that is battery hungry and they are expecting it to be popular. 4000mAh is a big battery thouh and I don't know if the design team could pull it off while still keeping the other parts of the device within a similarly sized shell.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7182; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

To sum it up with this name change it will be more confusing to customers, especially when people are expecting the 11 to an upgrade to the X, or XS, but in reality it's a down grade. Both the X and XS are better because they come with higher resolution HDR supported AMOLED displays, and they already have dual cameras. Where as the 11 comes with a lower resolution LCD display that doesn't support HDR.

6. User123456789

Posts: 808; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Not really. I have seen Moto Z2 Force with 2700 mAh /QHD screen do much more SoT than 8+ . Iphones have worse endurance.

3. Deadeye

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

And only "pro" thing will be the price.

4. midan

Posts: 2696; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

The beast is coming!

10. oldskool50

Posts: 1304; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The Beast is out already. Oh and it has 5G too. This iPhone isn't even gonna have it. Oh and I dont want to hear no BS from you about 5G not being mainstream. If Apple aas releasing a 5G phone and no one else was, you wouldnt even care if it was mainstream, so do even try to be hypocritical. The iPhone is only a beast amongst its siblingsa, not vs any other phone.

7. joey18

Posts: 664; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i’m iphone user 3 years same phone only change the camera so not big deal will pass out this year

9. oldskool50

Posts: 1304; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

So the XR is the 11...the XS is the Pro and the Max is now the Pro Max. Haha. This Ia fully. Any smartphone with pro in the name is just dumb, regardless of brand. Plus, Max, Ex or similar are perfect. Pro is to abused and incorrectly used. I cant wait to see how .uch different each model is gonna be.

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