Here's what the iPhone 11 Max will probably look like

Here's what the iPhone 11 Max will probably look like
The iPhone 11’s design first leaked way back in January and, although it was far from confirmed at the time, now that we’re just two months away from launch, things look virtually set in stone. Today, further solidifying everything previously seen is a new dummy unit of the iPhone 11 Max.

The camera module is huge but not very thick


Courtesy of YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, the unit provides an allegedly accurate depiction of both the front and rear of Apple’s next-gen flagship. It coincides perfectly with previous CAD-based renders of the smartphone and also corrects some of the errors present on the Chinese clones that have been circulating online recently.

Looking at the phone’s back panel, it’s instantly obvious that the new camera module is just as massive as first expected. It sits right along the edge of the top-left corner and houses a total of three sensors which have been triangularly arranged. Per leaked information, the iPhone 11 Max will feature three 12-megapixel cameras of similar characteristics but with some fundamental differences. One of the sensors will act as the primary one and support optical image stabilization, while the second one looks set to inherit a telephoto lens that’ll offer 2x optical zoom.


Regarding the third camera, reports suggest Apple wasn’t able to include optical image stabilization. Nevertheless, it’ll feature a new super-wide-angle lens that’ll allow the latest flagships to compete more directly with Samsung and Huawei’s latest offerings. All of the cameras are accompanied by a large quad-LED flash and a small microphone. Also, circling back to the physical appearance, the module itself is actually pretty thin despite its overall size and looks set to be Apple’s thinnest camera in years. 

The same notch but with upgraded Face ID sensors


Turning the iPhone 11 Max dummy unit over reveals a very familiar sight. As previously rumored, the new flagships look set to inherit the front panel design Apple first debuted on the iPhone X way back in 2017. This means the uniform bezels and wide notch will be making a return, although to justify the latter the Cupertino giant reportedly has some upgrades planned.

As visible on the dummy unit, the front sensors appear to be noticeably larger than those found on the XS Max. That’s because a more advanced Face ID unit is in the works that’ll be more accurate and work from both shorter distances and wider angles. In addition to this, a new 12-megapixel selfie camera should replace Apple’s current 7-megapixel alternative.


Looking at some of the other physical differences, both the SIM card tray and power key appear to be positioned slightly lower on this year’s model. The same can be said for the volume buttons and mute switch on the other side of the device. Speaking of which, the latter has now been switched from an elongated slider to an iPad-Esque circular implementation.

On a related note, the shiny finish on the iPhone’s stainless-steel frame has seemingly been ditched in favor of an anodized look not too dissimilar to the iPhone XR’s. Elsewhere, though, everything, including the presence of the Lightning port rather than USB-C, is the same.

Apple iPhone 11 announcement and release date


The iPhone 11 Max is expected to go official around the 12th of September and should be joined by the standard iPhone 11 and the cheaper iPhone 11R. Pre-orders for the devices are expected to kick off towards the end of that same week and should be followed up by a launch on Friday, September 20th.

If everything goes ahead as planned, there’s a very high chance the smartphones will be joined by the Apple Watch Series 5 and a new 10.2-inch iPad.

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iPhone 11 Max
  • Display 6.5"
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13

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58 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Really omg those cameras on the back look so ugly. Even the pixel 4 looks better.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think what you're seeing is a real photo vs the render from Google. so the lighting is digitally perfect in this copy. I'd bet they look pretty similar.

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Google's will probably look a lot cleaner. The camera sensors are nowhere near as big on the Pixel 4 and that's what makes the iPhone's design look so clunky.

18. User123456789

Posts: 824; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It is just the external ring. Apple is not moving from 1/2.55" any soon. Bigger sensor cost more, since Apple sell tons of phones Sony /Samsung probably charge more than they would charge another brand. Imx586 is better sensor, but like the article from days ago OP pays less than Apple.

29. mackan84

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Reminds me of Manchester United when they buy players... Always have to charge more

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think Joshua means how the iPhone 11's cameras each have their own big bezel and the camera bump is made up of 4 pieces of glass Whereas the Pixel 4's is just one piece of glass covering all the sensors, which is far cleaner

58. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

It's the other way around. If you take more you get a better deal. If apple stopped using sony sensors it would be a big blow for sony. If you have a bigger market share you have leverage. Look at how samsung got the first batch of 845/855 and if im not mistaken also 835 from qualcomm. Even if lg/nokia/sony etc. Wanted to buy the complete batch qualcomm wouldn't have given it to them if samsung also want them at the same time for less

28. iLexus

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 30, 2009

This will surely get ugliest phone of the year award. Steve Jobs is rolling rolling rolling

41. Mike88

Posts: 328; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

You should wait to watch it being the most beautiful phone of the year and pixel being the ugliest just like every year... The iPhone hype will start on launch day and will increase proportionally over the coming months. The pixel hype if someone really has it will die on launch day itself

46. ijuanp03

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Please don't divert the topic to Pixel 4. We don't care about the Pixel 4. We're talking about how ugly the next Apple phones are.

31. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Don't think it will look like this. I would imagine that the camera will not look so s**tty and poorly designed. It's looks like a hirable render

56. almostdone

Posts: 441; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

iPhone sales down by only 25%+ for 2019 if they're lucky.

2. SyCo87

Posts: 298; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Usually, I warm-up to iPhone renders after I see the actual released product. But, this time, it seems like it's just going to be plain ugly.

3. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 102; Member since: May 29, 2019

No matter who releases a phone with this deadass atrocious camera hump everyone gets a huge L. Except for the officially backed PR conglomerates in big tech news, they'll chalk this up as "acceptable compromises for innovating across the board".

5. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

the new silence button is pretty cheap looking if you ask me. Cant remember which cheap toy i saw recently, but it looks juuussttttt like it.

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 566; Member since: May 02, 2016

Trypophobia squad ... RUN :))

32. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I don't xlcare what the camera looks like but if don't take the best photos out of all phones before it well it would be a ugly gamble

8. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Now it creates the illusion that the logo is off center. I can't quite look at it now. What's wrong with a camera bar across the back like the Galaxy S10. There is no need to go out to left field and make it incongruent with the flow of the rest of the phone.

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

This setup probably produces the best results for whatever camera features Apple has planned.

15. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I know they have reasons. It doesn't help the fact that I can't really look at it without feeling off.

10. Vogue1985

Posts: 448; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

The designer at Apple and Samsung must have had bingebnb party after the whole Trump Huawei, so the decided to mess things up. I don't like the back of the Note 10,but it looks nice like a Huawei P30 Pro. HOWEVER, Apple,wow I hope this is a trick ,its super FUGLY, this setup isn't working, plus again the Square camera cut out looks like a Huawei Mate 20. Anyways, apple will says it's a design revolution, and the first of it's kind and all the apple fanny (granny smith,royal gala ,pink crisp etc) and flies will be creaming themselves. Well done Huawei

11. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

This Youtuber posts a video where he is asking people on the street to take a look at 3 phones, the Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10+ and a mock-up Apple iPhone XI. And based on the vote, you will see the reaction. I won't spoil the ending.https://youtu.be/MBlRX0Cnyzs They should have centralized the camera, but the Logo is in the way. apple doesn't want to do anything that will require them to remove or eliminate the Apple logo, because that is what people are buying.

12. AbhiDediot

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 22, 2019

Amazing. This is going to be world best camera phone ever created . And it's coming with 3 cameras. Which is going to kill all the android competition. Just like Last years Xs Max was the best smartphone camera of 2018. I hope it can match pro lvl camera with 13-14 stop dynamic range I am super excited for the world best phone of 2019

19. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

"This is going to be world best camera phone ever created ." No it won't be. In fact I can guarantee based on Apple's track record, the cameras will be oversaturated, which Apple famns claimed they hated when Samsung was doign it and now that Samsung photos loook more natural, and Apple looks oversatuirated, now they like Apple photos. Next I can guarantee it still won't take better low light photos than the Galaxy S/Note for sure, because the iPhone never has. The XS Max camera was not the best camera for 2018. That is false. The best camera on a phone for 2019 is the Huawei P30 pro. The Pixel had the best camera of 2018. Was the Pixel 3 The Note 9 has the best camera for 2017 The S8 had the best camera for 2016 The iPhone hasn't even been phone of the year since 2013 as Samsung has held this spot with the S6, S7, S8, S9 and S10 along with the Note 7, Note 8, Note 9 and the Note 10 is gonna continue that. Apple's iPhone has not had the best camera on a phone since the Galaxy S4. You need to go back and fact check bruh.

20. User123456789

Posts: 824; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Best camera that cant handle iso above 500 (less details than a blank white paper) nor record 10bit videos. LOL.

21. Orion78

Posts: 183; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Lmao thanks for the laugh

34. Vogue1985

Posts: 448; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Best camera? The pixel will take that title easily. My pixel 2xl took better quality photos than my iPhone x and my note 9 in default mode,and now with pro mode because Samsung updates messed the camera up. However friend had a LG V40 with Gcam,it was as good with more detail like the pixel 3xl. Anyways ,the pixel has had the best cameras with only one camera,while everyone has 2 to 4 camera it still beat them iPhone Xs included. Anyhow,everyone likes different styles,some like the iPhone quality,others Samsung or LG.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good lord, what planet were you living on the last several years?

54. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I guess only a few people understood your sarcasm...

13. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Oh wow. That setup really does look...odd, to say the least. As long as they perform well, that’s really all I care about. I got used to the notch relatively quickly, and that’s right in front of your face the entire time. I’m sure I’ll get used to something on the rear of the device even faster.

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