2019 iPhone XI Max renders show 'final' design, iPhone XI comparison

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Yesterday, after months of rumors and reports, the “final” design of Apple’s 2019 iPhone XI leaked out in a 360-degree render video. Today, just 24 hours later, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer is back with a new set of renders courtesy of CashKaro that showcase the larger iPhone XI Max alongside the regular iPhone XI.

Not one, not two, but three rear cameras

Since the launch of the iPhone 7 Plus way back in September of 2016, Apple’s most expensive iPhone models have all carried two rear cameras. But as indicated by today’s renders, later this year the Silicon Valley-based brand will finally adopt a triple-camera setup on its smartphones.

Like rival flagships, the iPhone XI Max is expected to introduce a new super-wide-angle rear camera that sits within a square-shaped camera bump. Specific details remain scarce at the moment, but recent reports suggest it’ll boast a 12-megapixel resolution.

Accompanying this extra camera should once again be a primary sensor and a telephoto alternative, both of which are expected to retain their existing 12-megapixel resolutions. In regards to the optical zoom capabilities, no improvements have been reported as of yet suggesting that Apple will stick to the existing 2x zoom lens.

On a related design note, the iPhone XI Max boasts a single slab of glass on the rear with no extras. The current-gen model features a separate metal ring around the camera module, but on the upcoming iPhone the rear glass will curve upwards around the cameras. This same design should be present on the iPhone XI.

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Depending on which color you buy, the glass used within the camera module will change. The black model, for example, will benefit from black glass, while the silver and gold versions will use silver and gold glass respectively. Nevertheless, each camera will still sit within a small area of black glass – in the hope of creating a uniform look Apple is apparently preparing a special black coating that'll make the sensors blend in more.

Unchanged front design, improved selfie camera

Following in the footsteps of last year’s iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XI Max is set to launch later this year with a large 6.5-inch OLED display on board. According to the information provided, both the notch and bezels may benefit from a slight reduction in size. However, these initial renders suggest the change will go largely unnoticed.

Joining the iPhone XI Max’s front-panel design should be a couple of pretty major upgrades. Rumor has it the company is preparing a slightly more advanced version of Face ID that’ll improve accuracy and allow users to unlock their iPhones while holding them close up. Moreover, a recent report suggested Apple had plans for an upgraded selfie camera.

For around four years now Apple’s smartphones have consistently carried 7-megapixel front-facing cameras. With each iteration, the Cupertino giant has introduced some small improvements, but this year the company looks set to go all-out with an upgraded 12-megapixel sensor. 

The iPhone XI Max could benefit from a larger battery

Like the regular iPhone XI that leaked yesterday, the iPhone XI Max will retain the separate volume keys and the elongate power button that can also be used to activate Siri. This time around, though, the iconic mute button will benefit from a slight redesign that’ll replace the horizontal switch with a circular piece that slides vertically down the frame.

Elsewhere, consumers can expect to find Apple’s upcoming A13 processor along with iOS 13 straight out of the box. Rumor has it that the flagship will also support reverse wireless charging, just like the Galaxy S10, allowing users to charge their AirPods and Apple Watches by simply placing them on top of the phone. Apparently, the feature will be backed up by an 18W fast charger inside the box and a larger battery of between 3,491mAh and 3,650mAh.

Expect the iPhone XI Max to go official in early September alongside the regular iPhone XI and the cheaper iPhone XR replacement. A release should take place during the third week of the month.

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