iPhone 2019 rumors: iPhone Pro moniker might finally make its debut

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 08/12/19: A Twitter post from a user who accurately predicted the iPhone XS and XR naming has teased the launch of the long-rumored iPhone Pro name.

iPhone Pro

A random Twitter post about the next iPhone doesn’t usually rise to the level of plausibility, but CoinX’s 13 posts have been remarkable accurate. Not only did CoinX predict the return of the iPad mini, the weight of the iPhone XS Max, and the lack of a headphone jack on the latest iPad Pro, he also nailed the 2018 iPhone naming scheme. And now CoinX is claiming to know the name of Apple’s next top-of-the-line iPhone: iPhone Pro. Presumably this will pertain to the 6.5-inch model, but CoinX doesn’t specify in the cryptic tweet, which reads: “‘Pro’ for iPhone? Crazy naming schemes over the past few years.”

Plausible: We’re been hearing rumors about a supposed iPhone Pro for more years than we care to remember, so it’s pretty clear that Apple has been toying with the name for a while. Since rumors have suggested that the larger iPhone won’t include any additional features this year (other than the bigger screen, of course), we’re not sure what will give it “pro” status, but we’re definitely intrigued. 

Improved Haptics

A report from 9to5Mac primarily reiterates the rumors we’ve heard before, with one significant new wrinkle: This year’s new iPhones will feature “a new type of Taptic Engine, known by the codename leap haptics.” It’s not known what the new features of this improved Taptic Engine would be. Apple is already one of the very few to use a linear resonant actuator for its haptics, which provide much greater fidelity than the eccentric rotating mass vibration motors used in so many other phones.

Plausible? Apple is introducing a new Core Haptics framework in iOS 13 to give third-party developers greatly expanded control over the Taptic Engine, which has thus far been quite limited. Introducing new, more advanced haptics hardware at the same time would be excellent timing. In fact, it seems reasonable to assume that Apple’s plans to introduce more advanced haptic hardware is the very reason it created a new developer framework for haptics.

No more 3D Touch

We’ve heard several rumors claiming that 3D Touch will be absent from all 2019 iPhones. The Wall Street Journal predicted as much back in January, and then analysts from Barclays “confirmed” it by talking with suppliers in May. The latest rumor comes from Digitimes in an article about the future sales of touch interface suppliers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution. It says the companies, “may see sales grow in the second half of 2019 though Apple may remove 3D touch sensors from all 2019 iPhone devices, according to industry sources.”

Plausible? 3D Touch has been a fixture of iPhones since its introduction in the iPhone 6s, but is missing from the more affordable iPhone XR. It’s said to be an expensive technology, and difficult to implement on larger displays, which is why we’ve never seen it on iPads.