Alleged iPhone XI schematics show triple-camera, corroborate previously-leaked design

Alleged iPhone XI schematics show triple-camera, corroborate previously-leaked design
Alleged iPhone XI prototype design

The iPhone XI (11) series is still many months away, but today some alleged iPhone schematics have shown up in a pretty major leak which seemingly confirms the rumored prototype design that our readers absolutely hated.

The 'ugly' iPhone XI prototype could be the chosen one


Coinciding with the prototype design leaked by tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer almost three months ago, today’s leaked schematics show a triple-camera setup in the top-left corner of the flagship. But rather than choosing the horizontal setup found on the other iPhone prototype, or even elongating the vertical camera module found on the iPhone XS series, as you would expect, Apple appears to have chosen a rather odd-looking square-shaped camera bulge. 

Details about this new setup remain scarce at the minute but, just like Apple's previous iPhones, the left column of sensors should correspond with the main camera and the telephoto alternative. Speaking of which, one previous report pointed towards 14-megapixel and 10-megapixel resolutions for these cameras respectively. Unfortunately, though, no further information was provided at the time.

The right side, on the other hand, remains a bit more of a mystery. However, the expectation is that it'll include a quad-LED flash towards the top. This should then be paired with a third camera in the middle, which may well boast a wide-angle lens, and potentially a Time-of-Flight sensor underneath which should help with both bokeh imagery and AR content by capturing depth information in real time.


To further corroborate this previous leak, Hemmerstoffer merged these new schematics with the CAD-based render he published earlier this year. As clearly visible, the camera modules on the two line up perfectly. As an added bonus, a separate report published just two weeks ago claimed that Apple had chosen this design.

As this smartphone lineup is still a number of months away, changes could still be made to the iPhone XI’s design before it’s announced. This design does now look increasingly likely, though.

A smaller notch up front and some important new features


In addition to the revised rear design, Apple is rumored to be preparing some small external changes to the front of the phone. After using virtually the same displays on the iPhone X and iPhone XS lineups, the iPhone XI series is expected to make use of an upgraded panel that boasts slightly smaller bezels. In addition to this, the controversial notch is expected to see a reduction in size made possible by in-display technology and smaller Face ID components. 

Alongside these visual upgrades, a number of other improvements are to be expected too. More specifically, the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max should benefit from Apple's next-gen A13 chip paired with the highly-anticipated iOS 13 release which should finally integrate a native Dark Mode. The 2019 flagships may also support reverse wireless charging for the first time, allowing users to charge both their Apple Watch and AirPods by placing them on top of the devices. 

While on the topic of charging, 2019 may also be the year in which Apple upgrades its chargers. For years Apple has shipped its iPhones with 5W chargers as standard, despite the fact they support fast charging, but it's now believed that the iPhone XI series will swap out the current charging bricks for more powerful 18W USB-C chargers. However, there probably won't be USB Type-C ports on the phones themselves – Apple is expected to stick with the Lightning connector yet again.

Apple iPhone XI announcement and release date


As many of you probably know, Apple usually announces its latest iPhones at an annual event held in early September – it has done this every year since 2012 – and this year is expected to be no different. 

If Apple continues with tradition, the event should be held on either September 10th or September 11th. A few days later, on Friday, September 13th, pre-orders should kick off prior to a release one week later on September 20th.

At the event, it seems likely that a number of other products will be announced including the Apple Watch Series 5 and potentially the company's first pair of AR glasses.

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48 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

With everyone zeroing in on cameras this year it seems Samsung will move further below the camera perking order, even though I think the Galaxy S10 is currently the best phone out in general. Huawei, Google, apple and maybe (big maybe) even Sony are all above at this point. Anyway, that aside, aside the camera arrangements what's going to be new on this iPhone ffs? Don't apple ever get tired of releasing the same phones year after year? And the way it's going, it seems they wouldn't get the UI redesign either. Smh

5. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If Samsung does release a dedicated night mode, then they'll be back in the at least top 5 of best camera smartphones list.

27. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

They are already in the Top 5 , they have always been in the Top 3, and they are currently at the Top on the DXO March Camera Rating and Consumer Report Rating

17. Opus1

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

I don’t know,for first day of using S10+ ,two times I’ve lost internet connection in a place where usually very stable and good connection It’s warming up on a back when it’s working ,even through ceramic.Acc yep it’s a 4100 ,but it’s running out too damn fast?Its my personal experience with such ambiguous phone.

35. notfair

Posts: 719; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

nice try.

2. LEEDAQ

Posts: 173; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

holy fkn lord budda.... save me from this planet

3. User123456789

Posts: 820; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

How about 4K HDR video this time? No, not talking about same HDR used for photos, 10- bit video just like SD845 has ....

4. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

"Ugly" until everyone copies it :)

6. macawmatt

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

No, that's ugly no matter what phone its on.

9. User123456789

Posts: 820; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Do you have any doubt mi10 will look like this?

46. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Doesn't matter, still "Ugly"

7. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Samsung and LG both have their cameras centered on the backs of their devices so I'd be surprised if they copied this camera bundle. Google probably won't be having 3 cameras anytime soon since they like to boast their software abilities vs hardware. Huawei already has triple camera in their own layout. Not sure of any other massive brand off the top of my head, but I wouldn't expect too many OEMs to copy this move by Apple.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This is an ugly copy of the Mate 20 Pro's setup

33. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

It will become a thing of beauty once Phonearena review it. The layout will be touted as a groundbreaking innovation that captures all the available refracted light whilst being processed in milliseconds by the unmatched AI capabilities of the A13 Bionic chip. It will then become a con against all other phones in subsequent reviews.

36. ssallen

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

You mean like Apple just copied the the three lense design to begin with?

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

One of the most laughable and ugliest camera setup ever seen.

10. User123456789

Posts: 820; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

LG G5 is a strong contender

15. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This makes the G5 look cute.

20. Fred3

Posts: 495; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It reminds me of a dominos game piece

31. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol yes.....!!!!

11. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Holy cow that's ugly. Is it too late to add a periscope zoom sensor or is the tech proprietary to the Chinese OEMs?

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Give thanks to Huawei for the triple camera bump. Apple needs to create better separation for their products. Give it an iPhone Pro name to work with Apple Pencil. This best way to get away from the Max naming convention.

13. sunnyfpy

Posts: 277; Member since: May 12, 2013

Practical functional at reasonable prices more important than gimmick designs

38. ssallen

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Unless it is any other company. Then you scream about how much design matters. LOL

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks like theres a spot for the Wireless Charging coil. Did everyone miss this?

16. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Wireless charging is standard and expected anyways. The design is the focus here. I did see it though.

18. Poptart2828

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

That configuration doesn't bother me at all. I usually spend my time looking at the front of the phone not the back. What would really bother me if I had to stare at a cut out or notch while trying to watch my content on the front screen.

22. dnomadic

Posts: 400; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

With you on this... Give me glass and software so I can access my media/data...the back don't matter much to me....but that is ugly

19. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah Apple: this ain't it chief.

23. Vogue1985

Posts: 447; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Disgusting yuck. And tge award for ugly go to. Ohh my God, IPhone X version 2. Tim Cook "Yessssss"

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