Supposed leaked Apple document reveals 'iPhone 11' branding, OS release dates, new iPads i...

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A supposedly leaked internal document reveals a wealth of information regarding Apple's fall product lineup, including the names and release timelines of new iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad models, operating system release dates and more.

iPhone 11 Leak
Source: AppleBeta2019 via Twitter


The allegedly leaked paper, titled "Apple Software Development Resources," was created for perusal by Apple employees, the company's engineering team, retailers and contractors. Twitter account "AppleBeta2019," which has in the past provided accurate information regarding beta versions of Apple's various operating systems, reportedly obtained what is referenced as a "September newsletter" by a contractor on Tuesday.

AppleInsider has reviewed the 10-page document in its entirety and while the information is compelling, certain details are inconsistent with previously confirmed leaks. As such, we are unable to vouch for the note's authenticity and offer the following merely for purposes of discussion.

According to the resource, Apple will announce three new iPhones this fall, dubbed "iPhone 11," "iPhone 11 Pro" and "iPhone 11 Pro Max," branding that corresponds to previously reported internal identifiers "N104," "D42" and "D43," respectively. Apple's alleged naming scheme would more closely align the company's mid-tier LCD iPhone model with high-end OLED variants.

Each of the new handsets are said to ship with iOS 13.1.0 standard, a beta version of which was seeded for testing last week. Whether the first batch of devices will come with iOS 13.1 pre-installed is unclear, as the document goes on to say the new phones will receive a security patch designated iOS 13.0.1 as their first over-the-air update sometime in October.

Wording in the publication hints at a Sept. 27 launch date for Apple's new iPhone 11 series, with users supposedly able to gain access to iOS 13 on Sept. 23. A subsequent security patch is slated for release in the days following, while iOS 13.1 will be available for public consumption in October.

The quoted timeline is unconventional for Apple, which typically unveils new iPhones at an event on Tuesday, initiates preorders that Friday and commences deliveries and brick-and-mortar sales a week later. A next-generation version of iOS, in this case iOS 13, is pushed out to owners of legacy hardware the Monday after preorders go live. If Apple holds to that schedule, and the document is legitimate, this year's iPhone lineup will hit store shelves on Friday, Sept. 27. Alternatively, the new phones could arrive on Sept. 20, before iOS 13 is issued to the public.

In either case, the document points to a release schedule atypical of Apple's usual patterns.

As for Apple Watch, four new models are tipped for unveiling at a special media event on Sept. 10, with a launch presumably coinciding with iPhone. Specifically, model numbers A2156, A2157, A2092 and A2093 will ship with watchOS 6. An expected watchOS 6.1 is due in October.

Two new iPad models identified as A2068 and A2198 are pegged to ship in October, potentially signaling an announcement concurrent to that of iPhone next week. Alternatively, Apple could hold a separate event for the tablets' unveiling as it did with the third-generation iPad Pro in 2018. The document suggests A2068 will be marketed as an entry-level iPad, while model number A2198 will be an iPad Pro successor. Both are expected to ship with iPadOS 13 pending a stable release of iPadOS 13.0.1.

Interestingly, the document says iPadOS 13.0.1 beta compatibility will initially be limited to the forthcoming iPad Pro, with lesser models not able to access the software until subsequent beta versions are released.

Finally, macOS 10.15 Catalina is pegged for release in alongside iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13 on Sept. 23.

Apple is widely expected to unveil its latest iPhone and Apple Watch hardware at special event at Apple Park on Sept. 10. AppleInsider will provide full coverage of the announcements.

Updated with corrected release timelines and clarification regarding initial availability of iOS 13.1.
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  • Reply 1 of 35
    LAME. No iPhone 11 SE?! This "innovation" certainly has its limits I see... This whole event is going to be a total bust, sorry to say. 
    edited September 3 Rckrdudechemengin1
  • Reply 2 of 35
    I'm curious to know when it became a thing to launch a new iPhone on a Monday? Doesn't make sense to me at all. Nor does it make any sense to ship the new phone with an iOS version that just got seeded a first beta and expect that to be GM by launch? Yeah, sounds like someone should do a little fact checking before posting an article like this. Some fact might be right, but others are clearly wrong when thinking it through. 
  • Reply 3 of 35
    Would love to discover a reason besides faster processing speed and a better camera to keep my annual buy the new iPhone streak dating back to 2007 going.
  • Reply 4 of 35
    bluefire1 said:
    Would love to discover a reason besides faster processing speed and a better camera to keep my annual buy the new iPhone streak dating back to 2007 going.
    how about OLED?
  • Reply 5 of 35
    They really need to do whatever deal is necessary to use Spinal Tap's "it goes to 11." ;)
    applesnorangesargonaut
  • Reply 6 of 35
    EasyontheeyesEasyontheeyes Posts: 3unconfirmed, member
    Yuk the new iPhone 11 are ugly with 3 lenses
    anantksundaramargonautchemengin1bigtds
  • Reply 7 of 35
    topdrag said:
    I'm curious to know when it became a thing to launch a new iPhone on a Monday? Doesn't make sense to me at all. Nor does it make any sense to ship the new phone with an iOS version that just got seeded a first beta and expect that to be GM by launch? Yeah, sounds like someone should do a little fact checking before posting an article like this. Some fact might be right, but others are clearly wrong when thinking it through. 
    I’m with you on this. Plus the spelling of “authorised”.  
  • Reply 8 of 35
    jgojcaj said:
    LAME. No iPhone 11 SE?! This "innovation" certainly has its limits I see... This whole event is going to be a total bust, sorry to say. 
    Sweet Mother of Gravy.
    cornchipJapheynarwhalRobots78lolliver
  • Reply 9 of 35
    topdrag said:
    I'm curious to know when it became a thing to launch a new iPhone on a Monday?
    The article does not say that, the only reference to "Monday" is the release of iOS 13 to legacy iPhone owners.
    fastasleepbonoboblolliver
  • Reply 10 of 35
    topdrag said:
    I'm curious to know when it became a thing to launch a new iPhone on a Monday? Doesn't make sense to me at all. Nor does it make any sense to ship the new phone with an iOS version that just got seeded a first beta and expect that to be GM by launch? Yeah, sounds like someone should do a little fact checking before posting an article like this. Some fact might be right, but others are clearly wrong when thinking it through. 
    Read it again. Nobody said anything about launching an iPhone on a Monday.
    bonoboblolliver
  • Reply 11 of 35
    topdrag said:
    I'm curious to know when it became a thing to launch a new iPhone on a Monday? Doesn't make sense to me at all. Nor does it make any sense to ship the new phone with an iOS version that just got seeded a first beta and expect that to be GM by launch? Yeah, sounds like someone should do a little fact checking before posting an article like this. Some fact might be right, but others are clearly wrong when thinking it through. 
    I’m with you on this. Plus the spelling of “authorised”.  
    If this document was intended for an audience outside of USA/Canada, that'd be the correct spelling. There are other countries, you know.
    lolliver
  • Reply 12 of 35
    This is made up. No way Apple puts together a “newsletter” like this before the big unveiling. 
    cornchip
  • Reply 13 of 35
    Pro has to mean something for Apple for them to use that term, maybe the camera and/or photo software will be the justification for using the work Pro? I’m looking forward to the keynote even though I am probably sticking with my Xs Max for another year. Soon 5G and USB-C will demand a redesign. And with Ive gone, maybe the new design team will take the iPhone in a different direction. I think foldables are a few years away, Apple won’t put out a product before it’s ready. 
    chasm
  • Reply 14 of 35
    payecopayeco Posts: 334member
    The name of the bigger iPhone 11 is awful. “11 Pro Max” is some serious 2000s era Microsoft branding.

    There are two different size MacBook Pros without having a differentiating name. Same with the iPad Pros. Why can’t the iPhone be the same? When are they going to dump the numbered naming like they finally have for iPads? iPhone and iPhone Pro with the Pro having two screen sizes would be so much better. This would have been the perfect time to do it too considering about 75% of people had already disassociated numbers from the iPhone name with the last two phones anyway. Most people called them the iPhone “ex” and then “ex s” and “ex r”.

    If you really need some differentiation for marketing purposes then just follow the car industry’s example. Call it the “2019 iPhone Pro”, the “2020 iPhone”, etc.
    muthuk_vanalingamelijahg
  • Reply 15 of 35
    jgojcaj said:
    LAME. No iPhone 11 SE?! This "innovation" certainly has its limits I see... This whole event is going to be a total bust, sorry to say. 
    Get over it.  The SE was a flop.  It sold 3M units compared to all other models selling 60M units.  Figure it out. Apple isn’t going to offer a phone that caters to .1% of consumers.  Buy an iPhone 8, which is only 1/2” bigger.  I am sure that will fit in your skinny jeans.  
    tmaylolliver
  • Reply 16 of 35

    Pro has to mean something for Apple for them to use that term, maybe the camera and/or photo software will be the justification for using the work Pro? I’m looking forward to the keynote even though I am probably sticking with my Xs Max for another year. Soon 5G and USB-C will demand a redesign. And with Ive gone, maybe the new design team will take the iPhone in a different direction. I think foldables are a few years away, Apple won’t put out a product before it’s ready. 
    Apple’s use of the word Pro is so they can dupe people and charge more.  There is nothing Pro about a Phone.  
  • Reply 17 of 35

    Pro has to mean something for Apple for them to use that term, maybe the camera and/or photo software will be the justification for using the work Pro? I’m looking forward to the keynote even though I am probably sticking with my Xs Max for another year. Soon 5G and USB-C will demand a redesign. And with Ive gone, maybe the new design team will take the iPhone in a different direction. I think foldables are a few years away, Apple won’t put out a product before it’s ready. 
    Apple’s use of the word Pro is so they can dupe people and charge more.  There is nothing Pro about a Phone.  
    Let’s wait and see what Apple announces and how they position the new iPhone line before we pass judgement. 
    narwhalStrangeDayslolliver
  • Reply 18 of 35
    The announcement kinda passes my smell test but since there's no talk of the Apple Tag I'm gonna call it a fake.

    P.S. Does Apple usually use British spelling over American spelling in its internal documents? "Authorised"?
  • Reply 19 of 35

    Pro has to mean something for Apple for them to use that term, maybe the camera and/or photo software will be the justification for using the work Pro? I’m looking forward to the keynote even though I am probably sticking with my Xs Max for another year. Soon 5G and USB-C will demand a redesign. And with Ive gone, maybe the new design team will take the iPhone in a different direction. I think foldables are a few years away, Apple won’t put out a product before it’s ready. 
    Apple’s use of the word Pro is so they can dupe people and charge more.  There is nothing Pro about a Phone.  
    Incorrect. In Apple use “pro” usually just means “better” or (as Gruber says) “deluxe”. More featured. More features cost more money. You don’t get more features for less money. Thankfully, no one has a gun to your head and you’re free to buy a different tier, the non-Pro models. 
    fastasleeproccodelgrecoking editor the gratelolliver
  • Reply 20 of 35
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 4,198member
    I have no problem with this naming scheme if it turns out to be correct although iPhone 11 Pro Max does seem overloaded.

    However, 'Pro Plus' or 'Pro +' would have sounded like dry feed dog food so perhaps it's better they didn't go down that road.

    iPhone X was great naming IMO. Things got muddied with XR, XS and XS Max so a 'universal' 11 is nice and simple again even with the Pro and Pro Max additions.

    As for the English, that's the Queen's English and no other brand should be accepted! LOL. And count me in the 'Alu-min-ee-um' brigade too! 

    When Steve Jobs tried to slip 'Jag Wire' passed us, it was clear that anything goes!

    Although I can't get my head around our own man (Gordon Ramsey) and his 'olive all'. Much better Jamie Oliver's pure English ;-).
    edited September 4
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