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iPhone 11: everything we expect Apple to announce next week (the final rumours)

04 Sep 2019
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The final countdown to 2019’s iPhone range is officially underway, with Apple last week sending out media invites to a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 11 (Sept 10 in America).

Although Apple has remained tight-lipped on what we can expect to see unveiled, we’re fairly confident the event will see three new iPhone models announced.

With the eyes of the mobile world now fixated on California to see what Apple has cooked up, we’ve rounded up everything we know ahead of next week’s big announcement.

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at a glance: iPhone 11 key features

  • Three iPhone 11 models: Apple will introduce three new models in 2019. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, alongside a less expensive sequel to the iPhone XR, heralded as the iPhone 11
  • Triple Camera Power: Arguably the main feature of this year’s iPhone Pro range will be a new camera system that features three cameras on the back of the device. The new third lens is set to allow users to capture a much wider field of view
  • Reverse wireless charging: Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy, the iPhone 11 should allow you to charge Air Pods (and other iPhones) by laying devices on the back of the iPhones
  • USB-C: Although not 100% confirmed, Apple recently replaced its Lightning connector with USB-C on the latest iPad Pros and Macbooks, leading some insiders to predict a potential shift to USB-C on these new set of iPhones
  • Apple Pencil: There have been multiple rumours floating around over the past few weeks that suggest the iPhone 11 Pro will offer Apple Pencil support
  • Buff Exterior: The phones will not look too dissimilar to last years range, however this year's models should hold up better if and when they’re dropped due to new shatter-resistance technology
  • No 5G: 5G enthusiasts will need to wait until 2020, as none of this year’s models will include 5G capability
  • iOS 13: Back in June, Apple announced their next-gen operating system in the form of iOS 13 and features such as Dark Mode and Siri improvements will be at the forefront of this year's system-wide upgrade
  • A13 Processor: All three of the new models will feature upgraded A13 processors from Apple’s chip provider TSMC, which should result in overall improvements to performance and speeds
  • Pre-Orders: The new iPhones are expected to become available for pre-order from 14 September, before landing on shelves a week later on 21 September

three’s a charm

As reported throughout the year, Apple will launch a trio of new iPhones in 2019, mirroring its 2018 lineup.

The iPhone 11 Pro (replacing the iPhone XS), The iPhone 11 Pro Max (replacing the iPhone XS Max) and iPhone 11 (replacing the iPhone XR).

looks kill

This year's iPhone lineup will look very similar in terms of the overall look and feel. Screen sizes are expected to remain the same, with more profound physical changes set to arrive in 2020.

The back of the phone is where most of the changes can be seen, with all three devices rumoured to have a large square stovetop looking bump on the back to host the new camera setup

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triple cameras

The biggest change to this year's iPhone will come in the form of the camera with the introduction of a triple rear camera.

Apple’s new triple-lens camera setup should bring improved 3D sensing for augmented reality, 3x optical zoom capabilities, larger field of view, a wider range of zoom, and better performance in low light.

You could argue Apple has fallen off the pace in the smartphone camera title race, with Google, Samsung and Huawei all making significant strides over the past three years, so it will very interesting to see how this new system performs.

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no bueno to 5G

Despite rivals launching 5G capable handsets in 2019, Apple is holding firm and will not release a 5G ready iPhone until their 2020 lineup.

release details and price

Following the tradition of past releases, after the iPhone is announced on September 11, a report from MacRumors suggests pre-orders should become available three days after it’s launch on 14 September, arriving on shelves a week later on 21 September.

When it comes to the dollars you’ll need to drop to cop. We’ll need to wait until the event takes place, however if prices reflect last years lineup, pricing will likely start around $1800 (AUD) and $1950 (AUD) for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and from $1450 (AUD) for the XR successor. If you need an affordable mobile plan for your new device, amaysim has you covered.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20: The key things you need to know ahead of its release

31 Jul 2020

We’re less than a week out from the announcement of Samsung’s latest mega phone; the Galaxy Note 20, and rumours suggest this years’ offering could put the phone in discussion for the best Android device ever made.

The Galaxy Note 20 is set to launch on August 6th, 2020 at 12am AEST, at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked Event. The event will take place virtually this time round, with Samsung encouraging media and fans around the globe to join the online experience to get a first-hand look at the companies latest hardware .

The event will be streamed live, with the Korean tech giant expected to unveil a range of exciting new tech, including a potential successor to the first generation Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Watch 3, alongside the centerpiece of the event; the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

In anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launching next week, we’ve rounded up the key features we expect to see from this years' device.

At a glance: Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 20 features

  • Two models (Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
  • 5G connectivity
  • Triple-lens camera setup (Potential 108-megapixel sensor)
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Enhanced S Pen that includes a virtual pointer

Two of a kind

Expect two versions of the Note 20 to be announced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked Event; a ‘smaller’ Note 20 with a screen of 6.5-inches, and the more premium (and of course larger) Note 20 Ultra that could potentially feature a 7-inch screen.

Based on leaked images which surfaced on Samsung’s Russian website in early July, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a similar design to the Galaxy S20, although as expected, with an additional holster for Samsung’s trademark S Pen. Both devices are expected to include Samsung's Infinity-O display.

Release Date & Pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be unveiled on-stage at the Galaxy Unpacked Event on August 6. In the days following the Event, the Galaxy Note 20 should become available for pre-sale, with orders to be dispatched in late August or early September (the exact date is still unknown).

While pricing is also up in the air, the Note series has never been considered a cheap purchase and it’s safe to assume pricing for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, will likely be similar to last years’ model which could see the Note 20 come it at around $1499 (AUD) and $1699 (AUD) for the Note 20 Ultra.

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Powerful Camera Setup

Potential Camera Specs

  • Galaxy Note 20 - 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, time-of-flight sensor. 30x Zoom
  • Galaxy Note 20 Plus -108-megapixel main, 13-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel ultrawide-lens. 50x Zoom

Arguably the most anticipated feature of new smartphone these days is the camera setup and the Galaxy Note 20 is no different, with a heap of leaks and rumoured camera features adding fuel to the fire.

Note devices typically feature similar camera set ups to the flagship Galaxy S series with some slight enhancements, and it’s widely expected we’ll see a triple-camera setup, similar to what we got to experience with the Galaxy S20/S20 Ultra devices.

One interesting point of difference from the Galaxy S range, is that Samsung may look to ditch the the 100x Zoom which was a key feature Samsung marktered in the lead up to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, instead opting to finetune and improve the overall camera experience, with 30x Zoom and 50x Zoom expected across the two Note devices.

Under The Hood

Over the past two years, Samsung has delivered some of the speediest phones in the market and this years Note device shouldn't be any different, with both devices expected to be powered by an Exynos 990 chip (Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus in some regions), with potentially 8GB -12GB of RAM across the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

Both devices are also set to include 5G connectivity.

Glorious Refresh Rates

While most smartphones in the market use refresh rates of 60 frames per seconds (60Hz), Samsung is once again looking to up to the ante, with both Note 20 devices pegged to include 120Hz refresh rates.

The addition of a 120Hz refresh rate, was a popular feature of Samsung’s flagship S20/S20 Ultra models which released earlier in the year, and should bring a more premium experience as users scroll through rich content or play games on their mobile phone.

S-Pen

The S Pen is one of the key draw cards of the Note series, so it comes as no surprise that Samsung is looking to introduce some enhahcements to the S Pen in 2020.

While there hasn't been a whole heap of confirmed information, one leak shows the Note 20 may include a virtual pointer mode which allows users to control the cursor without having to touch the display with the stylus. This could prove to be a game changer if Samsung’s DeX mode continues to evolve, with DeX allowing users to plug their Galaxy Device into a monitor so their phone can be used as a virtual PC.

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