Apple's iPhone XI just leaked months before its announcement

Today, almost four months after the rear design of Apple’s next-generation iPhone was first leaked, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer is back with a new 360-degree render video which corroborates previous rumors and showcases the front design of Apple’s upcoming flagship.

The iPhone XI could look just like the iPhone XS & iPhone X

Commencing with the new details (or should I say old?), these renders showcase a front panel design that is extremely familiar. Once again, it looks as though the next-gen iPhone will make use of a large OLED display that features uniform bezels and a notch above.

Over the past few months, a multitude of rumors and reports have suggested that Apple’s next flagships would introduce a slightly smaller notch. In fact, one of the company’s alleged prototype designs featured a noticeably smaller alternative. But the design Apple has seemingly chosen means the Cupertino giant will reuse virtually the same front panel design for the third year in a row. 

From the look of things, Apple is holding on to its trademark notch until a truly all-screen design is possible. As things stand, the silhouette of an iPhone is more or less unmistakable and Apple probably wants to keep things this way. After all, adopting a smaller notch or display hole could risk confusion with rival Android smartphones which probably isn't beneficial for the company's strategy, even if it does result in a slightly dated look.

Regarding a possible timeline for Apple's notch removal, the in-display technology required will be ready at the very earliest towards the end of next year. This means that, if Apple feels confident enough, its first 5G iPhones could also be the first to remove the notch. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see the removal delayed until 2021 when the technology has matured further.

There's no hiding the rear cameras

Following in the footsteps of January’s iPhone XI design leak, the smartphone envisioned today sports a very odd-looking square-shaped camera module in the top-left corner which is home to three separate sensors.

As seen on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the left column of sensors on the iPhone XI is expected to include the primary camera and the telephoto alternative. Both of these are expected to maintain the same 12-megapixel resolutions. Also, no major improvements to the iPhone’s zoom capabilities are expected at the moment.

The right side of sensors, on the other hand, is where things get a little more interesting. Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S10, LG V40 ThinQ, and Huawei P30 Pro, Apple’s iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max are set to include super-wide-angle cameras that boast 12-megapixel resolutions. 

In order to keep things looking a little sleek – it’s pretty difficult with such a large camera module – Apple is apparently covering the third camera with a special black coating that conceals the actual lens slightly and helps it blend in with the surrounding glass. Elsewhere on the right column of sensors is a quad-LED flash above and a microphone below.

While on the topic of cameras, it’s worth pointing out that all 2019 iPhones are reportedly ditching the existing 7-megapixel selfie camera in favor of a more advanced 12-megapixel sensor that’ll also take advantage of the special black coating.

The Lightning port returns... again

Aside from these physical details, today’s iPhone XI renders also point towards the presence of a Lightning connector on the flagship rather than a USB-C port. The latter had been rumored a few months back and was reportedly in testing, but from the look of things, Apple will be skipping the port once again.

On one final note, it’s worth pointing that the iPhone XI’s mute button could see a slight change. The renders released today show a circular piece that slides vertically down the side of the frame, rather than the horizontal switch seen today.



1. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No way the rear camera looks like that. Something I would expect from a starving Android oem, not Apple.

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1442; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Yeah, but odds are it's true as the rumors keep coming back with this ridiculously hideous design.

25. Cat97

Posts: 1940; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Don't worry. In one year, most Androids will look just like that :)

30. cmdacos

Posts: 4276; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Well it's practically the same as Mate 20 from LY with the ugly square camera assembly more symmetrical on the hauwei

40. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow, look at all the innovative designs in the leaked renders from Apple. Same ol' Apple crappy design crap. Nothing new here. Move along to another story if you are looking for innovative designs and solutions. Android OEMs wins that category, hands down. Jony Ive should be flogged for his designs these days.

44. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Seriously, if this story is accurate, this will also be the design of the LG G9.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Rumors say so, it must be true. LMAO

54. oldskool50 unregistered

Well that's exactly what it's gonna look like. Funny, that is what you all claimed when the iPhone 6 design as first shown. Look how that turned out. in fact nearly every leaked design of the iPhone since the 6 has been spot on. So why would this be any different? Apple is gonna sell even less phones this year. Same old ugly notched design. A bezel simply would have been better.

2. shield

Posts: 853; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Hmm this year ugly smartphone Win iCrap!!

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

how many years are they going to use this design??? and come on! just put that usb-c in there and join the dark side

4. mccalmrl01

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 14, 2019

As many years they used the 6 series design lol

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i feel like thats STILL GOING ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

42. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Because ituerd is extremely greedy and proprietary sheet. To make them even more money. They gave a big fu to their customers right after jobby jobs kicked the bucket.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Boooooring! Next....

6. Guseinguliev

Posts: 119; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

A normal device will be, if the truth in the younger model will increase autonomy and even slightly reduce the cost, then you can take it.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1982; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well last year we had the Pixel 3 XL notch. This year we get the Apple camera module. Ugly ideas that Anyway, hasn't the 12mp camera been done to death by now? Can we at least get larger sensors or something from Google, Samsung and Apple?

17. User123456789

Posts: 1033; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Bigger sensors cost more. Of course their profits matter more since the sales will be good no matter the hardware they offer. The 48MP 1/2" from Sony costs $25 ....

8. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Ok. Is this really surprising to anyone. Triple cameras are more or less what everyone are expecting. Front panel need not change as “NO” apple user is having issues with it. Apple will not put USB C in their phones nor will they give fast charger included. Why should they? A huge battery gain is something we read every year and never happens. I will be first among many to upgrade old phones if they actually give a good bigger battery.

31. ijuanp03

Posts: 617; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Apple will not put USB C in their phones nor will they give fast charger included. Why should they? -- what will you say then when Apple finally use USB C in the near future?

9. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Now everybody hates the new camera design, like iphone x's notch and even after iphone 7 plus horizontal dual camera, people hated vertical cameras of iphone x. I know, people will used to square camera, even like it. And in 2020 there will be many camera designs which based on square design of iPhone XI aaand people will love them...

18. User123456789

Posts: 1033; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The problem with the X camera is the fact the flash between makes it look like trafic light. The dual cam of Mate 9, XZ2 Premium, OnePlus 6T look better .. Apple should do exactly like mate 20 pro and in the middle

10. phonefanboy

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

That Notch is looking like Lebron receding hairline! Not to mention the bezels all around. Yuck...

12. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's ugly af... especially the back. But that battery capacity though! About time they took over 3k! Battery life is gonna be excellent... hopefully.

19. User123456789

Posts: 1033; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Do you have any doubt they will use 5nm excuse to remove 100mAh of each model ?

22. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I do, but let me be optimistic for once dammit!!!

55. oldskool50 unregistered

You ever wonder how Samsung gets a bigger battery into a phone that is thinner and more slim vs an iPhone? Look at Samsung's 5.7" phones like the S6 edge and the Note 5. Both of those have larger batteries vs the 5.8" iPhone and they were smaller phones. Apple is just cheating you dude. when are you gonna just wake up. Apple CAN use bigger batteries, they CAN use better everything. But better cost more money and that means lower profits. Because you know as you all always say, profits is better than actually having a great device for the price.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31373; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Pretty from the front, kinda ugly from the back, Intel 4G modem, more than likely the same one thing at a time OS, and no pencil support. Pass!

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I’m so disappointed that increasingly the rumors of a reduced notch size are being phased out. And that ugly tumor on the back of the device. What’s going on with their design engineering department?

20. User123456789

Posts: 1033; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Unless they give up on their way do to face ID and use just a front cam + ToF, no smaller notch

16. User123456789

Posts: 1033; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It should be vertical, since Apple will takes year to give more than 3300mAh battery.

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