This is what the 2019 iPhone XI could look like from the rear

This is what the 2019 iPhone XI could look like from the rear
In spite of the fact that certain smartphones now use triple, quadruple, or even penta-lens setups, Apple’s most expensive iPhones continue to use dual-camera setups on the rear. But as revealed by Steve Hemmerstoffer in partnership with Digit, this could all change with the 2019 iPhone XI.

In particular, it appears Apple could finally adopt a much more advanced triple-camera layout on its next-gen iPhones. But rather than elongating the vertical camera module found in the current models – which would be the most logical design – it seems the Cupertino giant is toying with a completely different look.

As revealed by the render above, the 2019 iPhone XI could adopt a Huawei-inspired square camera unit on the rear. Due to the positioning of the module in the top-left corner and the layout of the sensors within it, though, it’s fair to say that it looks rather odd.

At the moment, the exact details of each sensor remain unclear. However, if previous iPhones are anything to go by, the left column of sensors most likely corresponds to the main camera and the telephoto alternative. Similarly, the right side features an LED flash, a rather large microphone, and what may be a Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera. For those unaware, the latter could be used to create 3D models.

As this smartphone is still around nine months away, the iPhone XI is still very much in the Engineering Validation Test phase of development. This means that, while Apple could ultimately adopt this design on the final device, certain details may be changed between now and the time of release. Alternatively, the Silicon Valley giant may choose to scrap it entirely.



1. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

Jesus Christ...

17. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Lol yeah, they wanna copy the likes of Huawei LOLOLO

78. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Apple don't have any other better way to copy Huawei?

79. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

If they made iPhone SE design phone, with the same size, no bezels, without notch, Apple quality camera and best CPU, I personally will switch from Android to iOS. For the first time. I hate tablet sized phones. Just re-new the design like great iPhone 4, put inside 5" screen and others mentioned above and you'll take my money. Did you read that Tim Cook?

24. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

It's like a tumor wtf

44. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Goes well with the ugly notch.

35. ViewRoyal

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 11, 2018

Whoever made this mockup, has no design skills and it is TOTALLY NOT anything that Apple would actually produce. But the "artist" obviously wanted to get some attention, and apparently he is getting lots of it.

38. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Weil they did start the unibrow revolution so they've proven to lack design skills in the past

72. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Front already had notch to bother and now this in the front! I hope it doesn't came out real.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Damn starting early with the , this what it could look like, lol

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

The center would look better.

5. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Apple will be an idiot if they used this for the final dedign

6. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Omg...This is one of the ugliest thing i've ever seen...

16. joshuaswingle

Posts: 639; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Agreed. The positioning is all wrong, and the lack of symmetry within the camera module makes it look 10x worse.

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Can you please make a pantreon or something? You do not need to post every BS for a sake of ad revenue.

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 639; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Steve Hemmerstoffer has an extremely good track record. This isn't just a fan-made render. If you need reminding of what Steve has leaked, here are a few devices: Galaxy S9 series, Huawei P20 series, LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6/6T, iPhone XR, iPhone XS/XS Max, Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3 series, Xperia XZ3, LG V40 ThinQ, and iPad Pro (2018). Those are just the high-end devices from the past twelve months that have already been announced. There are loads more, non-flagships too.

8. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Hahahaha man what was that?!

62. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

iMedical patch

10. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Two lenses is enough. No need for gimmick to make a trillion dollar a thing again.

14. joshuaswingle

Posts: 639; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Although the ToF camera may seem like a gimmick on paper, it could actually be extremely useful for AR content.

11. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Apple's innovation drives the industry towards its designs. So, Apple is designing unique.

12. Be_Mine

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Nope... Apple will stick with the current design for the next 3-4 years.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly There has already been a article that they will keep current design for 2019. It might have been this site that posted it but, i know i read it.

68. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, maybe they'll move the antenna line, add another color, and use USB-C. But they'll stick with 2 camera setup for (at least) next 2 years.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Will Apple ever hire someone who can design a phone without a camera hump?

20. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Or at the very least if you make a camera hump that big and ugly, center it on the back.

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No, but they should because it eats into Popsocket sales...

69. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

At least make the phone slightly thicker to hide the bump and fill the extra space with extra 500mAh battery size.

19. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

What in the Huawei is goin on here?!?

21. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Copy Huawei but ugly :D :D lol

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