iPhone 11 details: 3 models, A13 chip, no USB-C, new Taptic Engine & Smart Frame camera feature

Apple will be releasing 3 new iPhone models in fall 2019, all of which will be powered by a new A13 chip. The iPhone models will be direct successors to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The phones will also have a Lightning port instead of USB-C like iPad Pro, a new Taptic Engine, no 3D Touch, three cameras on iPhone XS successors and a new Smart Frame feature.

2019 iPhone triple lens camera

As per a new report by 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to launch the following new iPhones. Unfortunately, iPhone SE replacement is not one of them.

  • D42 (iPhone12,3),  replacement for iPhone XS
  • D43(iPhone12,5), replacement for iPhone XS Max
  • N104 (iPhone12,1), replacement for iPhone XR

All these new devices will be powered by the next-generation A13 chip, which should boost CPU and GPU performance. Both iPhone XS and XS Max replacements will still feature the same OLED Retina display and the same screen size and resolution as current models. The XR replacement will also stick to the Liquid Retina LCD Display and same size and resolution.

iPhone 11 Haptic Engine: Leap Haptics

All the new models will feature a new Taptic Engine which is codenamed leap haptics. It is no secret that Apple is planning to abandon 3D Touch on future iPhones, in favor of Haptic Touch. With iOS 13, the user interface changes have put 3D Touch on the back burner. Meanwhile, the changes have also improved the Haptic Touch experience on XR as well as other devices like iPads, where 3D Touch was never available. It is likely that the new Taptic Engine will help improve the Haptic Touch experience on the new iPhones.

Smart Frame Camera

As per rumors, Apple will be including 3 cameras in XS replacements models. The additional third camera will be a wide angle lens. This will enable a new feature called Smart Frame, which will allow users to re-frame and crop their videos and photos post-capture. This sounds like a really cool feature, similar to how Live Photos works and allows for correcting or readjusting photos post-capture. As per 9to5Mac, the data captured for Smart Frame will only be retained for a certain time period, after which it would be deleted to save storage space.

The front-camera on iPhone 11 will also be improved and will support 120fps slow-motion video capture.

No news on whether iPhone 11 will introduce a night mode or improve low light photography, compared to phones like Pixel 3 and P30 Pro.

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