In a new report obtained by 9to5Mac, financial giant
Backing up a major leak last week, Barclays states that Apple will introduce a triple camera system on the iPhone XI Max. While the advancement is welcome (especially given the anticipated 3D sensor), it would be frustrating to see Apple again limit flagship camera tech to its largest model after offering welcome camera parity for the first time last year.
More inclusively, Barclays reveals Apple will also integrate new antenna technology across all its new iPhones. The report doesn’t breakdown how this will be done, but a switch from liquid crystal polymer antennas to a modified PI approach has been discussed. The repercussions would be a more reliable signal and/or faster data, but whether it compensates for a lack of 5G (which will be supported by rivals) remains to be seen.
Building its antenna tech, Barclays understands that Apple will introduce next-generation WiFi 6 (aka 802.11ax) on the iPhone XI as well. WiFi 6 is not only faster but more efficient which aids battery life. That said, you’ll need to invest in a WiFi 6 compatible router to harness this benefit. They are currently rare but should gain momentum throughout 2019.
Lastly, Barclays says Apple will enhance Face ID on the iPhone XI by increasing the power of the flood illuminator. This Face ID component beams out infrared (IR) light to illuminate your face ahead of a dot projector firing 30,000 dots of invisible IR to map your face in three dimensions. Improve the illumination and the dot projector can be both faster and more accurate.
Needless to say, these are all solid advancements but whether they can do enough to stimulate disappointing sales remains to be seen. Apple certainly needs to see an upturn. It can’t keep slashing iPhone prices ever lower…
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