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


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.

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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  • Battery 3969 mAh
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37 Comments

37. LiveFaith

Posts: 526; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Not and Apple user. But, I have been impressed with more than a few of their designs. The iPhone 5 was the best they've ever done IMO. The X is close. You can tell a lot of thought goes into aesthetics and "balance" I guess you could say. That said, if the 3 cam bump is for real, then this will be the most unattractive design that they've ever released since 2008. This really looks frumpy. Like something cobbled together from an up and coming Asian firm.

36. inFla

Posts: 235; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

The notch is so big, why not make it a bezel instead?

39. oldskool50 unregistered

Because then it will look like any other Android phone and Apple rather have ugly vs pretty.

32. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android fans on Xr: no one gonna buy that phone with low resolution for hefty price. Recent mobile sales: Xr is the best selling phone of the year. Now here we again: Android fans: That ugly camera at the back, where’s innovation? Pre-order and 1 month sale: 30 Million

34. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

And you are proud of this??? You say it as if it were something to celebrate. This doesn't prove Android fans wrong, it proves that iSheep are very real and a huge percentage of population. Apple serves cr..p, they test how far they can go with nonsense that would send other companies to oblivion and they still sell like hot cakes. There is nothing to be proud of here. Apple is making fun of their customers and still gets away with it.

38. oldskool50 unregistered

The XR was the best selling amongst Apple phones, not vs anyone else's phone. That's where you are confused. and hey, its not our fault you don't understand what you are buying. Smart people didn't buy the phone, which is why production was cut on them, less than 4 weeks after release. Sorry, the XR didn't have 30M sales in a month. $750 is cheaper than $1000, so of course they are gonna buy it. Because you don't have any other choice with Apple. at least with android, you can get the latest model, with the latest hardware, and not have to pay flagship price for it. with Apple, to get a cheaper price, you have to buy a older model. What are you gonna be saying, when apple sells even less iPhone this year Oh wait, I have one better. You are aware that Apple has never sold more phones ever vs it's biggest competitor. Right? So what is it about sells that is such a talking point? Oh I know, its only fanboy fodder. we can't argue anything else, so we just stick to things like sales, ASP and apple's profits.

31. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Not a fan of the tripod. I'll keep my XS Max!

25. JustinPrime

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

There are better designed concepts than this. Huge Fail.

20. RajRicardo

Posts: 505; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Apple doesn't have to copy designs from Huawei. Huawei is the company that steals IP and reverse engineers them. Like the way they did for the foldable phone. The firm that was caught stealing foldable screen tech from Samsung is a contractor for Huawei. Unfortunately Korea can't do anything about it other than prosecute people from Samsung involved in the scandal.

30. Vogue1985 unregistered

They dont have to but if that ugly camera layout end up on there phone, then they did, because we all know the circle square is from the Huawei Mate 20, but Huawei stole the camera layout from the Iphone 6,7,8 and X. The only differene being Huawei copied it and went all out, 4 camera's, it doesnt look like a copy anymoe even though we all know they and many others been copying for years. X is a good phone,but that camera layout is the Cheapest and Ugliest ive ever seen on any device, Plus it has a HumP YUCKKKKK

18. geordie8t1

Posts: 345; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

this has got to be the most hideous back panel of a phone EVER, it really doesnt fit with their minimal ethos, i guess its a good job that people will just dump it in a case. a terrible notch at the front, and a hideous camera module around the back, urgh!!! im sure it will be lapped up regardless anyway

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love that wallpaper. I don't like the look of the back of these renders (which I think are the final device's look), but if that camera is bad ass, who cares how it looks? I'm skipping this years iPhone for 2 reasons, 1. No 5G 2. Intel modem. The 2020 iPhone is what I'll be buying. It'll be back to Qualcomm, and that modem will be 5G. If the Note 10 isn't 5G, I'm skipping it too...no more 4G phones, when by next year they'll be well on the way to obsolescence.

16. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

You mean that a camera module cannot be badass AND look good? Boy, you're easy to please... You know what is happening here, right? Apple is so confident that will go hideous as long as it looks different from competition. This is the definition of bad design AND arrogance in one. I'm pretty confident that there is no technical reason behind this camera module design, just plain arrogance. They could have resolved it the Mate 20 way, or the P30 Pro way, but... nope!

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, I meant exactly what I said. I don't give a rat's ass what it looks like, as long as it delivers. I've never been a fan of the iPhone camera on the side, but I've bought plenty of iPhones.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm not really sold on all the camera jargon. Nor am I all that enthusiastic about the looks in general. However, looking forward to bigger batteries in the 5.8 inch model. I've found my Max too big for my liking.

8. el33t626

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Looks like a Domino glued to the back of it. I really wanted to have a nicer upgrade from my 8 plus. May just end up holding off on this one too.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

...also, as if it wasn't enough that this is by far the most ridiculous camera module ever designed, is there really a reason why the Apple logo has to be so uncomfortably near to it? Like they couldn't move it a few millimeters down? It's like Apple is testing the extend to which they can serve cr...p and still sell.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I must laugh with the codswallop I read in the internet:https://bgr.com/2019/04/26/iphone-11-leaks-2019-photos-show-iphone-xi-design/ Does this guy that signs this article really believe what he writes?

24. TBomb

Posts: 1772; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That author is super blind. His articles are like a Fox vs CNN level of bias. His articles keep showing up in my Google Feed and it's horrible

26. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think this BGR is an Apple fun-page thinly disguised as a general tech site. But even his argumentation in this article and the pompousness of the claim that Apple is always a step ahead from Android competition in hardware are hilarious.

3. Nickfuryroad

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Apple is finished!

4. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Apple is not finished as it is proven by other super ugly products that became successful; iPhone 6, 6s, Apple Watch, Airpods. They all look horrid in comparison to the competition and they sold/sell like hot cakes.

14. Loveneesh

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Well, yes they sell well, but may in black because that silver or white just look super ugly.

2. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 194; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

My Trypophobia is in full effect after watching this. No thanks.

21. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1191; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Totally. Looks like a pirate eye patch. Just when you thought Apple couldn't design anything uglier than their current phones. Apple has all the money and resources in the world and still they bring mediocre designs and above average everything else except SOC.

23. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 194; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Seriously. A 1 Trillion dollar company and this is the design and "innovation". I haven't bought an iPhone since i6. With all the money in the bank take some damn risks for FFS.

1. shield

Posts: 900; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

This year ugly design smartphone win iCrap!! Congratulation.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Aren't you an LG fanboy? Isn't the LG G8 just an iPhone X knockoff?

11. OneLove123

Posts: 1329; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

More like sharp.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You think LG is copying Sharp?

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