Here's the 2019 iPhone XI camera bump up close and detailed

Love it or loathe it, the iPhone XI camera design that leaked way back in January is apparently final. And, after releasing renders of both the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max earlier this week, Steve Hemmerstoffer and CashKaro have now returned with a detailed look at the controversial design feature. 

Curved glass and a bump that doesn't protrude quite as much


Leaked iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max dimensions suggest Apple’s next-gen iPhones will be slightly thicker than the current models. The reason for this, apparently, is the presence of significantly larger batteries, but the move should also result in a camera bump that doesn’t protrude quite as much – it should be around 2mm shorter.

The benefit of the reduced bump is that it won’t be quite as noticeable when either the iPhone XI or iPhone XI Max are laid down flat on a table. However, the larger surface area that it covers means that the bump is virtually impossible to miss when looking at the phones, which is why the iPhone XI series takes design cues from the older iPhone 7 line. 

With the objective of making the bump blend in more, the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max will make use of a single slab of glass on the rear that curves upwards around the camera module. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus adopted this design way back in 2016, although they used aluminum rather than glass.

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The iPhone 7's rear panel also curved upwards around the camera

Three camera bumps... within the camera bump


Zooming in on the area, the glass that curves upwards actually provides a slight lip around the camera bump visualized in the iPhone XI renders. Curiously enough, though, the curved portion of the glass isn’t actually colored. Hemmerstoffer says the glass is transparent and simply picks up the color from its surroundings.

Moving on to the glass within the camera bump, as revealed yesterday this will match the color of the phone’s rear. This means that Space Gray iPhone XI’s will feature Space Gray glass for the camera, silver iPhones will use silver glass, and so on. Contained within this area is, as visualized, the triangular camera setup, the quad-LED flash, and the microphone. The latter two lay flush against the glass, but each individual camera actually protrudes slightly creating three individual bumps within the camera bump. These, however, aren’t expected to stick out any further than the surrounding lip mentioned above.

Here's the 2019 iPhone XI camera bump up close and detailed

As for the sensors themselves, these are surrounded by a black ring. Previous renders suggested the ring would match the color of the glass but this no longer appears to be the case. 

Apple iPhone XI/XI Max camera specifications


Regarding actual specifications, the expectation is that both the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max will carry a total of three 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. Like previous models, there should once again be a primary sensor alongside a telephoto zoom alternative. Accompanying these is then expected to be a new super-wide-angle camera

Software features are yet to leak but Apple presumably has some in the works that’ll require data from all three cameras. After all, it's the only logical explanation for the triangular camera setup – if data from all three wasn't required simultaneously the company could opt for a horizontal design instead. Regarding optical zoom improvements, it's currently unclear if any will be made – existing iPhones support 2x zoom.

Completing the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max camera setup should be a new selfie camera. Since the iPhone 7, Apple’s devices have carried 7-megapixel sensors, but with the next-gen models, this should be swapped out for a 12-megapixel camera.

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40 Comments

1. norbie.k

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

This camera position looks horrible!! but im desperate to upgrade from my falling apart 6s+ and will have to take whatever comes out this September.

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Get an iPhone XR2 if you don't like this design and don't want an Android.

11. norbie.k

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

it depends how they will chang the look of it

18. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1238; Member since: May 01, 2017

Will have to take whatever comes out? Just get the XS then, it'll be discounted. Or are you one of those type of people who have to have the latest model just to brag about it to your friends while you wait in line at Starbucks?

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2891; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

you have issues

31. iloveapps

Posts: 582; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

He is because he can’t brag his Samsung s10 because there’s no apple logo

32. norbie.k

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

well ill be jumping from 6s+ to 11 so its not like im obsessed with having every year new iphone. Id like to keep my new iphone for another 4 plus years so it will be good to have the lates

41. oldskool50

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You don't have to take what comes out in Sept. Why can't you just get an X or XS?

2. LawnBoy

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Then get anything but an apple

6. norbie.k

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Iphone 6s+ is my first iphone and i got sucked in so quickly got macbook pro the ecosystem is great, now im scared to go back to android

3. User123456789

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Still ugly ... PA has to substract 3 points of the review score if they do this. The front is awful already, now this? Worse than the traffic sign of Xs

4. LawnBoy

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Apple knows how to do ugly very well

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

the last beautiful Iphone design is still the 5S. its crazy how apple is going backward in the design department.

7. norbie.k

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

i love 6s for the thin body those new iphones are fo fat!!

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I find the iPhone 5S quite ugly, my favorite's the iPhone 7

12. Ghost04

Posts: 516; Member since: May 03, 2014

Only for this unique design, Phonearena will give it a 9.6 review score. For camera features, it can even get 10 (though they are old features in the industry) For battery it will score 15-20 hrs in PA tests , which will be amazing. And get 10 again. Overall this phone is on its way to score 9.7-9.8 in PA review.

14. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Why so low? 9.9 MINIMUM

15. Alcyone

Posts: 240; Member since: May 10, 2018

9.9 seems a little low for an iphone, doesn't it? :/

16. Georgio

Posts: 194; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Stop talking about the features cos nobody knows what those cameras will do, it's all just speculation.

19. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1238; Member since: May 01, 2017

It's sad that you care that much about the score that PA gives a device as if they're the end all be all to making your decision

17. technut

Posts: 130; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Please, no more close ups. It's ugly enough from far away

20. Jaifaith

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 09, 2018

Is there any reason to choose this design for iPhone 11.... Apple more interested in AR so it could be the reason behind this design.... May be

21. stulla

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Remember when they all micked the Nokia Lumia 929...this 8s one ugly phone

22. jjface

Posts: 215; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn't 1st April. This is so bad it has to be a joke.

23. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 144; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

hideous!!

24. LawnBoy

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

I found its cousin, err, inspiration https://images.app.goo.gl/Zh3dvjuiYxHFuXiT6

28. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Hahahaha

25. Priyam009

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Huawei Mate 20 Pro's ugly rip off!

26. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I may upgrade as top model iphone’s only depreciate less than 30% year to year. I am hoping that the iPhone XI Max will be 1TB at $1449. No need for Apple to charge more than this figure.

27. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I hope they bring amazing pictures. We don't look at the back of the phone anyways.

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