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There have been plenty of iPhone 11 rumors already this year. Nothing new there, as there has been a constant flow of leaks and reports for each iPhone spanning months since the leadup to the iPhone X changed things. There were rumors and leaks before, but not like this. Unfortunately, no matter how the iPhone is selling, I don’t think there is any going back.
While I don’t invest much time in the early bird rumors, now we are getting down to crunch time, when real leaks start to flow and reliable sources start to report in. Yesterday we had Guilherme Rambo from 9to5Mac weigh in with new information on this year’s new crop of iPhones. He confirmed some of the obvious, such as three phones with A13 processors and another year of the Lightning Port.
One bit of new information has to do with a new Taptic Engine. While nothing is really known about what sets it apart, the working theory is that it makes up for the differences after the removal of 3D Touch from the iPhone. That has been rumored for a couple of months now and iOS 13 definitely shows that Apple is moving in a different and more unified direction when it comes to contextual menus.
The other features mentioned have to do with the cameras. There has been no shortage of pictures of the three-camera bump on the back of the iPhone 11, and Mr Rambo confirms that these rumors and mockups are accurate. He also agrees with an earlier Bloomberg report that the third lens will be for wider angle shots. In a new twist, Rambo reports that the front facing camera will also be upgraded. Specifically, it will be able to record 120fps video.
Rambo details a new and interesting feature called Smart Frame, which the new wide angle lens will enable. The new lens will record information out of the frame for both pictures and video. This information will be retained for a short time, allowing this user the opportunity to back and reframe pictures with information not in the original shot.
All-in-all, the iPhone 11 looks like a fairly pedestrian update, with the focus likely being the new camera features with software upgrades to accompany them. Based on what I’ve seen from the revamped Photos app in iOS 13, I expect the camera’s software to see a notable upgrade, as well.