iPhone 11 launch liveblog: we're reporting live from the 2019 Apple Event
It's here! It's here! That's right, the annual smartphone-focused Apple Event is upon us and our iPhone 11 launch liveblog will keep you up to date with all the news, launches and expert analysis, on what we're expecting to be a busy session.
The 2019 Apple Event starts at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm BST (that's 4am AEDT on September 11 in Australia), and we're reporting live from the firm's Cupertino, California-based headquarters to bring you the very latest as it's announced on stage.
As well as three new iPhones, we could also see Apple announce the Apple Watch 5, while we're also hoping to hear more about Apple TV Plus and learn release dates for the final builds of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina.
There could well be even more announced during the iPhone 11 launch, so make sure you keep this page open in your browser so you don't miss anything.
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09:55 – Gareth back in the driving seat here – I've come off my useless Twitter barrage to actually write on a website. Some thoughts:
1. Someone smells nice near me. It's like a woody, fruity smell. It's good.
2. The power isn't working, but my laptop is running with over 7 hours' battery left. That should be enough unless Tim Cook has some stuff to get off his chest.
3. I'm right in front of the hands on area. I'm ready. SO READY.
09:50 – We're being treated to some funky music over the PA system while everybody finds their seats. They better hurry up, we're starting in 10 minutes.
On the stage screen there's a color changing Apple logo. We've seen some iPhone 11 color leaks over the past couple of days, including a rather fetching green hue. Could this logo be a hint that the new iPhones will come in a wide range of colors?
There's not long to wait to find out.
09:40 – HYPE LEVEL TO 11
09:35 – Making our way down the stairs into the Steve Jobs Theater. Not long to go now.
09:30 – So, let's quickly recap what we're expecting to see very soon:
- 3x new iPhones
- Apple Watch 5
- Release dates for iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS 10.15
- More info on Apple TV Plus
- A new iPad?
- A new 16-inch MacBook?
09:00 – One hour to go until Tim Cook takes to the stage. Are you ready? We certainly are. We have Gareth reporting live from Cupertino, and the whole TechRadar team in offices around the world ready to bring you absolutely everything you'll need to know.
08.50 – Ah, the Steve Jobs Theater. We meet again.
08.40 – I spy, with my little eye, Apple Campus!
08:30 – Rolling towards Apple Campus, there's a fair bit of traffic today. Perhaps they heard TechRadar was in town? (or maybe it's just rush hour)
08:00 – Apple has ditched the plastic badges this year for a more eco-friendly cardboard. Is this a sign of things to come? The world's first cardboard smartphone? Probably not…
Also – check out that carpet. Wowzers.
07:00 – See, we told you he was awake. Good morning Mr Cook! A beautiful morning in Cupertino.
06:46 – Sunrise in Cupertino, California, and Tim Cook's eyes slowly open. He pushes back the sheets and stretches his arms out. He glances at his Apple Watch (hang on, that looks a bit different… a fifth generation wearable perhaps?), which shows he's had a solid six hours of sleep.
"Perfect" he whispers, as he swings his legs out of bed, "let's do this".
06:00 – So what else can you look forward to from today's Apple Event? Well there should be good news for those who currently own an iPhone, iPad or MacBook, as Apple should give us firm release dates for its next big software updates.
We already know plenty about iOS 13 for iPhone, iPadOS for iPads and macOS 10.15 Catalina for Macs and MacBooks, but the finished versions of the software updates have yet to hit devices.
We've seen Apple announce software update dates during previous iPhone launch events, so we fully expect it to continue the trend this year.
05:00 – We're awake in California! Good old jet lag, keeping us sharp between the ears. As we have five hours until the Apple Event kicks off, why not read our Phones Staff Writer, Tom Bedford's thoughts on the iPhone 11 Pro.
Rumors have tipped the 11 Pro to come with Apple Pencil support, allowing you to utilize the firm's stylus with the handset – something which has been available only to the newer generations of iPads to date.
04:50 – 🚨THE APPLE STORE IS DOWN🚨
It happens every year, just before a big launch, and signals the fact there will be new hardware announced. Apple takes its store offline, allowing it to ready the new product pages without giving the game away.
04:00 – While three new iPhones are pretty much nailed on to launch today, something we're a little less certain on is the arrival of the Apple Watch 5. We saw the fourth generation of Apple's smartwatch launch alongside the iPhone XS in 2018, but the rumors and leaks surrounding its successor have been relatively thin on the ground.
Our Phones Editor, James Peckham says "So far, we know very little about the Apple Watch Series 5. It's still likely we'll hear about Apple's next-gen smartwatch later today and we expect a big focus on sleeping tracking tech.
"It's heavily rumored that Apple is set to make big improvements in the way it monitors your snoozing, but these features are also likely to land on previous Apple Watch iterations too. Apple will have to have a surprise waiting in the wings if it's going to encourage those who already own the Apple Watch 4 to upgrade to 2019's version."
03:00 – It's still very much the middle of the night on the west coast of the US, and Cook and co. will be tucked up in bed dreaming of new ways to say "stunning", "revolutionary" and "gorgeous".
Meanwhile, for those of you who are already up and awake – what can you expect from today's launch? Well the main event will be the announcement of new iPhone handsets – and it looks like it will be another trio of smartphones.
What these new iPhones will be called is still up for debate. We're currently pegging them as the iPhone 11R (replacing the iPhone XR), iPhone 11 (replacing iPhone XS) and iPhone 11 Max (replacing iPhone XS Max).
However, some rumors suggest the "affordable" R series will be called the iPhone 11, with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Max the flagship options. Then there's the school of thought which says Apple will stick with Roman numerals and give us the iPhone XI and co.
It's messy, so let us know what you think in our Twitter poll:
02:30 – Let's kick off with a little sing-a-long to get you in the mood. Got lyrics for more verses? Tweet us!