iPhone 2019 rumors: Everything you need to know


What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 2/11/19: DigiTimes has a report about the 2019 iPhone’s processor, and MacOtakara says the new iPhone will still have a 5W charger and a Lightning conector.

A13 processor

A report from DigiTimes states that the 2019 iPhone will have a processor “dubbed the A13.” It’ll be a 7-nanometer CPU manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

Plausible? DigiTimes reports aren’t always reliable, but this one makes sense logically—Apple’s new top-of-the-line phones usually have new processors. The current CPU in the iPhone XS is the A12 Bionic and it was the first 7nm processor, so the report that the A13 will also be 7nm seems legit.

5W charger

The Japanese website MacOtakara reports that the power adapter will remain unchanged for the 2019 iPhone. It will have the familiar 5W adapter with a USB-A connector. MacOtakara also reports that the new phone will include a USB-A to Lightning cable, indicating that Apple will not switch the iPhone from a Lightning connector to a USB-C connector, as has been rumored previously.

Plausible? Apple likes its profit margins, so continuing to bundle the 5W adapter instead of a faster one that is more expensive to produce seems very likely. If you want a faster Apple charger, take a look at our test roundup of iPhone power adapters.

As for the rumor that Apple will not switch from Lightning to USB-C, it’s still hard to tell. Since Apple uses USB-C on the iPad Pro, it’s easy to conclude that the 2019 iPhone will follow. But the rumors of Apple making the switch in the iPhone haven’t been very solid and mostly based on analyst speculation.

Three-camera system

The rear three-camera 2019 iPhone rumor continues, this time with a report by Bloomberg. Bloomberg says that Apple is currently testing iPhones with a rear three-camera system that will be found on larger iPhone models.

The third camera will allow a larger field of view, a wider range of zoom, and the ability to capture more pixels. Apple is also working on a new version of Live Photos that are 6 seconds, a boost from the current 3 seconds.

While rumors about the 2019 iPhone are making the rounds, Bloomberg also reports on what we could see in the 2020 iPhone’s rear camera. Apple plans to outfit the new phone with a “more-powerful 3-D camera.” Such a camera would allow Apple to take steps towards implementing more and better augmented reality features, and it would also produce photos with more depth.

The current iPhone has a 3D camera, but it’s the selfie camera used for Face ID. The current 3D camera works at distances between 25 and 50 centimeters; the new rear camera implementation will work at a distance up to 15 feet. Also, the current camera uses dot-projection technology, and the new camera will use a laser scanner.

Bloomberg said that the new 3D camera in the 2020 iPhone camera could lead to an AR headset from Apple.

iPhone 2019 rumors: Everything you need to know