Apple's new handset for the iPhone 11 series is now almost exactly a month away from being announced. If the huge leak from earlier this week turns out to be accurate – and we have every reason to believe it will, given the source – then the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R will be unveiled on September 10 or 11 ahead their release on Friday 20th. September. Although nothing is official yet, the rumor mill has already told us just about everything we need to know about Apple's next-generation iPhone range. There are simply too many hands in the cake, so it is impossible to keep most of the details around unreleased iPhones secret.
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Since the original iPhone was first unveiled back in 2007, Apple has been a trendsetter in the smartphone market. In fact, the original iPhone encouraged the smartphone industry, overturning the giants and sending companies that strolled to copy it. And not only is the iPhone responsible for reducing big players like Nokia and BlackBerry to the rubble, it is also responsible for the rise of Android. Those of you who have been around long enough will remember that Android was developed as a strange BlackBerry knockoff to the iPhone came around and sent Google back to the drawing board.
For the decade that followed, iPhone and iOS set the bar every year. Companies that tried to go their own way failed miserably, and companies willing to copy the iPhone as closely as possible thrived. In fact, the largest smartphone company on the planet right now reversed its fortunes and rose to dominate the market by shamelessly copying iPhone pixel by pixel.
Android phone manufacturers continue to copy Apple's iPhone design to this day. At no time was this more evident than last year, when dozens of Android phones tore with Apple's iPhone X design from late 2017. Just look at the image in this post, which shows a full 20 different Android phones that are all carbon copies by iPhone X. It was beyond embarrassing, but it was also a turning point.
The 2017 iPhone X design was the biggest trend on smartphones that year and into the first half of 2018, but then something interesting happened: Apple got stuck on its 10th anniversary smartphone design, but the rest of the industry moved on.
Apple is apparently so pleased with its 2017 iPhone X design that it will reuse it for the third year in a row, just as it did with the iPhone 6's design. As you remember, both iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 used the same design, although the iPhone 7 Plus had a slight change with the dual lens camera on the back. Apple's upcoming new iPhone 11 will also have a new camera, but the rest of the handset's house will be identical to the iPhone XS and iPhone X that came before it.
For the first time, Android phone makers decided not to sit around and wait to see what Apple comes up with next. Instead, they began to come up with their own solutions to push even closer to the smartphone design on all the screens that consumers are waiting for. We've seen a number of exciting new designs, such as the OnePlus 7 Pro with the pop-up selfie camera and even Android phones with secondary screens around. We have got foldable phones, which are currently rubbish, but will lead to great things in a few years. And last time we got the new Galaxy Note 10 with the tiny, small hole camera at the top of the screen.
Apple stands firm for the time being, but the rest of the industry has moved on. It may be temporary since we know that Apple is preparing a major design overhaul for 2020 or 2021, but it has been great to finally see all these Android phone companies take the reins for once and design their own new new phones instead of having Apple made all the heavy lifting for them.