iPhone 11 price and release date: our expectations

iPhone 11 price and release date: our expectations
Every year, by the time summer rolls around, we already being flooded with leaks about the upcoming iPhone models. This year is no exception, as we already know about the controversial camera bump redesign that’s going to define the new iPhones, the removal of 3D Touch, and (possibly) the introduction of USB Type-C to Apple’s smartphone lineup.

Apple is expected to keep its lineup intact from last year – comprised of a base, Plus, and R models. The exact naming scheme is still a mystery, with some rumors suggesting XI as the moniker of choice, but seeing as how the iPhone XS was an update to the anniversary model, Apple may very well be done with Roman numerals and return to its traditional naming scheme. For this reason, we are going to stick with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Plus, and iPhone 11R in this article.

Aside from all the rumors about the specs and software of the new iPhones, two of the burning questions preceding each launch are, “when are they launching and how much are they going to cost?” We are going to try to answer both of these questions here, basing our predictions on previous iPhone launches.

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Plus, and iPhone 11R expected release date


For years now, Apple has been announcing new iPhones at its Special Event in September. There’s no official confirmation yet, but we have no reason to believe that 2019 would be any different. That’s why we’re confident in saying that the new iPhone models will be announced in mid-September, but the launch may be delayed a while.

According to an alleged Verizon Wireless marketing calendar for 2019, which was recently leaked by Evan Blass, we may be looking at a late-September launch for the iPhone 11 family. This could mean that the Apple Special Event will be pushed back, or that the phones will simply launch a bit later than usual, following the reveal.

Here’s a table of all previous iPhone announcements and launches, including the expected dates for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Plus, and iPhone 11R:



iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Plus, and iPhone 11R expected price



As far as pricing goes, considering that the current models started at $1000 and $1100 for the iPhone XS and XS Max, respectively, Apple’s new phones are not likely to get much more expensive than that. Since they’re already over the $1000 mark, and the iPhone 11 lineup isn’t expected to introduce many radical changes, save for the extra camera on the back, pricing will likely remain unchanged.

Some are hoping that the recent slowdown in iPhone sales might give Apple an indication to bring the prices of the new models down a bit, but we’d be more inclined to believe that the company is simply going to freeze the MSRP of the new iPhones, rather than decrease it.

That said, we expect the iPhone 11 to start at $1000 for the 128GB version, while the 256GB and 512GB versions should hit store shelves at $1100 and $1200, respectively. The iPhone 11 Plus is likely going to start at $1100 for the 128GB model, and set you back $1200 and $1300 for the 256GB and 512GB variants, respectively. As for the iPhone 11R – we expect it to start at $750 for the base model.

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32 Comments

1. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Gonna get one to replace my Xs Max. Newest always better. Besides, selling old iphone wouldn’t be bad as their resale value is high.

2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1299; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Congrats, you'll be getting a phone that's 0.05secs faster, has an additional rear camera and according to rumor no 3D Touch anymore. It's almost like you're getting less for more. Yesterday's features for tomorrow's prices.

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2134; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

My XS Max 512GB, Unlocked "Apple Authorized phone" is going for $1100 right now. So far its only depreciated $350. Why not get a brand new 11 Max.

12. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

What you say is true. Rumor has it that Apple is finally adopting Bluetooth 5.0, something that's at least 2 years old. This will enable the ability to stream to two devices at the same time.

29. Menageryl

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

Er. The current generation (Xs & Xr) have BT 5 hardware and software in them mate.

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

You are correct. Take advantage of the very high resale value while you can

4. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

Soon I’ll replace my iPhone 8 with the 11 Feel sad to change because iPhone 8 is a classy looking phone in this so-called bezel less era

5. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Price is Right crowd: "Higherr!! HIgher!!!"

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is rumored to be a very ho hum year for the iPhone. Skip it, and get the 2020 model.

7. JamesSv

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 14, 2018

No matter what no phone ever should cost more than 800$

8. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

but what if it came with.... 3 CAMERAS!?!!

28. deleon629

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

And an updated variety of Animojis!

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The bill of materials for an iPhone is over 400$; the OS has its price too - let’s say under 100$; every single service - that is free for the user - costs Apple money: mail, cloud, App Store servers, electricity, rent, security etc; there’s the distribution (physical stores), customer service, support, free Apple care - we’ll be absurdly conservative and say that all that costs 200$ (if we’re being realistic, those costs are at least double). There are also the taxes (in eu only vat is 15-27%). That’s 850$ when we total the costs. But a company should have a profit - let’s say 10% net which is, depending on the country, at least 12% gross - and the price of a top iPhone cannot be less than 900$. Of course, the cost of a Huawei is different from the cost of an iPhone and you might be right: 800$ should be the top limit.

14. smitpatel

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

You should not consider App store, cloud, mail services cost because Apple charge 30% of each IAP and paid Apps.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Every iphone has access to free cloud (small in size, but free), email, office suite, media tools (an app like iMovie from Adobe is 10$/month; a GarageBand alternative can be had for free, but a good one is 90$). Apple gives all that for free.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1299; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You are so unbelievably full of crap, everything to justify whatever Apple does out of blind faith with zero foundation for any of your claims.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

My “crap” can be verified, while yours is just a pathetic bias. When you’ll own a business, you’ll understand (better) all the things I have said here.

20. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1299; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Verify away, I bet you can't even come close to the amount you baselessly mentioned.

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, I have given 2 examples of software that an Android user would have to pay over 100$ to get (and he would still have problems, editing 4K videos); that’s why, for one who needs those tools, a $1k iPhone is ”cheaper” than a $7-800 Android. You are aware that a $1k that makes an extra $2k for the user (or saves him $3k) is always better than a $100 one that makes him an extra $1.9k (or saves him $2k)?

23. Man_Utd

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Leo, how many people regularly edit audio or video files? I've edited my video files and the standard editor is all I need. I don't create/edit audio files and a majority of people don't either. So your examples are very weak justification. But don't let me stop you from blindly buying the next iPhone, when there is no new capabilities. Just the standard update to camera and processor specs.

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm with you on the fact that the iPhone - and all the other branded flagships - are overkill for the majority of their users, but that doesn't change the fact that those 2 are examples of value in an iPhone. (btw, when did an A. phone got the ability to edit 4k with the standard editor? I believe a large majority edits - cuts, trims etc - the personal videos captured with the phone's camera) It's ok by me, if you don't like Apple's products, but every other model (considering the average interval of time in which users upgrade their phones, I would have to say 1/3) is far from being a "standard update" with "no new capabilities".

27. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1299; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Still just spouting numbers without any basis. All of Apple's services get paid for with their Services revenue, software development for Apple apps ditto. Those costs aren't part of the retail price of an iPhone. You honestly don't have a clue what you're talking about.

22. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Not a chance in hell you are right about those numbers. That would mean Apple only has a 5% profit margin on an iPhone. Selling 200M iPhones would only yield $10million in profit.. Math is a fanboy's best friend and worst enemy depending on what you're trying to prove.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

On averages, the cost of the iPhone is smaller; for my example (which is for a Max) it's relatively ok. What part of my math you think is off?

30. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The fact you just admitted your numbers you mentioned were purposely high... that's what part of your math I think is off.

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Take the $1250 retail price of XS Max 256, add 10% sale taxes (20 for EU, but we'll leave it at 10) and you get to $1375. Apple's entire business has a 38% gross margin (higher for services, lower for hardware, but we will use the higher value, because, if the improbable proves my point, the probable also does it), which is $550/Max 256; 1375-550=$825 (I was off by $25, or 3%). How's my math now?

9. Poptart2828

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I'd totally get an iPhone if it offered android instead of ios

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Get the new pixel 4. Literally the same looking phone running android!

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

For yourkind information Pixel 4 ain't even launched.

31. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

For your kind information: we’re talking future tense here. Try to keep up.

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