With the iPhone 11 release date reportedly getting closer, we want to take you through some things you should, and shouldn’t expect, from Apple in the fall.
Apple hasn’t sent out media invites yet, but all signs point to an iPhone launch taking place in the near future. We don’t have a specific date nor have seen one rumored, but all indications are that the company is planning to announce new iPhone models alongside iOS 12, new iPads, and a new Apple Watch next month.
The news isn’t surprising. Apple typically uses the month of September to distribute its yearly upgrade to the iOS operating system and to launch new hardware. iPhone announcements typically happen in the first half of the month followed by a release a week or so later.
iPhone XI 11 Concept PolyDesign 3D model
iPhone 11 rumors currently point to an arrival along the same timeline and those in the market for a new iPhone should consider waiting a few more weeks for Apple’s new products to arrive.
Apple is reportedly working on at least three new iPhones for release this fall. One, a 5.8-inch model, will likely be the direct successor to the original iPhone X. One is a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus. And one is a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model that will supposedly come in a variety of colors.
Apple iPhone 11 Concept Photos
iPhone SE 2 rumors have swirled for many months, but rumors have died down and analysts close to Apple’s supply chain aren’t expecting a surprise release this fall.
If iPhone 11 rumors have you waiting to buy your next device, you’re probably curious about the launch date, their release date, pre-orders, and potential deals. It’ll be a few more weeks before Apple confirms, but we can take you through a few things to expect.
This walkthrough will help you set proper expectations ahead of the iPhone 11 release and help you prepare for a potential purchase this fall.
iPhone 11 Launch Date
You probably won’t have to wait much longer for Apple to send out media invites for its annual iPhone launch event.
With the iOS 12 update making significant progress in beta and the month of September just a few weeks away, we expect an iPhone 11 launch date to get solidified in the near future.
Last year, reports confirmed Apple’s iPhone 8/iPhone X launch date a few days before it sent out invites to the media on August 31st beckoning them to an event on September 12th.
The precise date is difficult to predict at this point, but we’d expect invites to go out in late August/early September for an iPhone 11 launch date sometime in the first half of next month.
Look for Apple to stream the event live starting at 10AM Pacific for those not in attendance.
iPhone 11 Pre-Order Date
|Per usual, we expect Apple to confirm two key dates related to the iPhone 11 release on stage during its media event.
The first date is the pre-order date or the first day you’ll be able to place an order for one of Apple’s new iPhone models.
iPhone pre-orders typically kick off at 12:01AM Pacific the Friday after the announcement and we expect Apple to keep its long-running formula intact this year.
That means there are four dates you should circle on your calendar if you’re planning to buy a new iPhone the second it goes on sale at Apple and its retail partners:
If you need to make special arrangements because you plan to stay up late/wake up early in order to pre-order an new iPhone, you should be keying in on those dates.
iPhone 11 Release Date
|As for the iPhone 11 release date itself, there are currently three dates you should have circled on your calendar.
iPhone in-store release dates typically arrive a little more than a week after Apple announces the new hardware on stage. For instance last year, Apple confirmed the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on September 12th and they hit stores on Friday, September 22nd.
We don’t expect an iPhone 11 launch in August which means you shouldn’t expect an early iPhone 11 release date on September 7th.
This means there are three dates you should have circled if you don’t plan to pre-order or want to pickup an iPhone in-store:
If you want a very specific iPhone 11 model make sure you show up to your local store early. Stock is unpredictable and many stores sell out of their allotment within minutes.
Expect Trade-in Offers
|Is your current phone in good working condition? Make sure it stays that way through August and early September. You should be able to use it to knock down the upfront cost of buying a 2018 iPhone model.
Apple’s new iPhones won’t be cheap. The cheapest model is likely going to be the 6.1-inch LCD model and it’s starting price could be anywhere from $600-800 according to the latest reports.
As for the other two, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus will take the top spot starting at $900-$1,000 while the second generation OLED iPhone X will be priced somewhere between $800-$900.
That’s a lot to a lot of people, but you can expect to save some money on an iPhone 11, iPhone X Plus, or the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone if you’ve got a phone in good condition via trade-in offers.
You should expect Apple and its retail partners to offer enticing trade-ins that will knock hundreds of dollars off the price of a new phone provided it’s in good condition.
If you want to get ahead you should check out the current trade-in prices at resellers like NextWorth and Gazelle and see what you can get for your old iPhone or Android device right now.
Expect at Least Two New iPhones in September
|We expect at least two iPhones to launch in September with one release potentially coming later in the year.
If you recall, Apple confirmed the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X during the same launch event on September 12th. And while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus arrived on shelves a week later, the iPhone X didn’t arrive until November.
History could repeat itself this year. Nothing is confirmed, but some analysts believe Apple’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model could launch after the iPhone 11 and iPhone X Plus.
A research note from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty claims Apple might push the 6.1-inch LCD release into October due to “LED backlight leakage.”
A more recent report from hit or miss blog Japanese blog Mac Otakara echoes Huberty’s claim. The site says it hears the 6.1-inch iPhone’s release date could be pushed deeper into the fall.
Others, like KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, still believe Apple will release all three iPhones at the same time in September.
Don’t Expect Many, If Any, Straight Price Drops
|The first wave of iPhone 11 deals will most likely be trade-in offers. We don’t expect to see many, if any, straight price cuts on any of these iPhones in the early part of the launch.
The first real iPhone 11 price cuts will likely come later this year, if we’re lucky, once the hype from the launch has died down and inventory at Apple and its retail partners has returned to normal.
If you don’t have a phone to trade-in or simply don’t want to deal with the process, you might have to wait until November, December, or 2019 for a price drop.
The first serious iPhone 11 deals could emerge in late November around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the start of the holiday shopping season.
That said, the best iPhone 11 deals probably won’t emerge until next year as we push toward the release of Apple’s 2019 iPhone models.
Don’t Expect an iPhone SE 2
|There’s a chance Apple surprises with a fourth iPhone in September, but odds are good it’ll announce just three new iPhones next month.
iPhone SE 2 rumors have been swirling for awhile now. A flurry of questionable reports have suggested that Apple’s working on a successor to the popular 4-inch iPhone SE from 2016.
Rumors started heating up in the first half 0f 2018, but they’ve since died down after the device missed Apple’s March event and WWDC 2018.
A few iPhone SE 2 rumors have pointed to a launch this fall, but most analysts believe a fully revamped iPhone SE 2 is out of the question for 2018.
Typically, when a launch is close, we’ll see rumors start to pickup and become more and more accurate as features and specs are nailed down ahead of launch.
The iPhone SE 2 rumor mill has been eerily quiet in the buildup to Apple’s fall launch event and that’s not a good sign for those looking to buy an upgraded version iPhone SE.
Apple could eventually release a souped up 4-inch iPhone, but you might have to wait until 2019 (or later) for it to arrive.
Fortunately, the iPhone SE is still a great phone and it’ll get even better once it’s upgraded to iOS 12 later this year.
Don’t Expect Them to Remain in Stock
|If you’ve been through an iPhone launch before you know how hard it can be to secure the exact model you want.
Once the clock strikes midnight on pre-order day, stock starts to evaporate in minutes as Apple’s website and retail websites struggle under the pressure.
We haven’t heard any rumors about extreme iPhone 11 stock shortages (fingers crossed), but that doesn’t mean there won’t be issues at launch.
Bottom line: If you want a very specific iPhone 11, iPhone X Plus, or 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model ASAP, you’ll want to put in a pre-order or risk waiting several agonizing weeks for your device to arrive on your doorstep.
Expect a “Gate,” But Don’t Expect a Deal-Breaker
Every year we hear about some sort of “Gate” issue related to Apple’s new iPhones.
Last year it was “SplitGate” where the chassis of a few iPhone 8 Plus models split open. The issue was presumably related to bloated batteries. The issue was limited to a few devices.
The year we had HissGate with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus where the devices would emit a weird hissing noise when the processor was put under intense strain. As we soon found out, it wasn’t a huge issue.
Then there was the iPhone 6s’ ChipGate, the iPhone 6’s widely publicized BendGate, the iPhone 5s’ SensorGate, and the iPhone 5’s ScuffGate. You get the picture.
These issues were real, but they impacted a very small portion of users. Most people (us included) didn’t run into any of these problems.
Odds are people will find some issue with the iPhone 11, iPhone X Plus, or 6.1-inch LCD model and the media will run with it. Odds are also good the issue will be limited to a few users.
If you start hearing about a “gate” issue, do your homework and don’t fall victim to paranoia.