Prototype cases for the 2019 Apple iPhone lineup might "confirm" your worst fears

Prototype cases for the 2019 Apple iPhone lineup might
We've already seen a number of renders showing what we might expect the 2019 Apple iPhone models to look like. The biggest change is on the back where the rear cameras (two in the case of the iPhone 11R and three on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max) are mounted in a square housing in the upper left-hand corner. 9to5 Mac reports that it was able to obtain a trio of prototype cases for the 2019 iPhones and all three feature a square cutout that aligns with the reported placement of the module. The lenses are rumored to have a special black coating that will make the whole package more pleasing to look at. Even with this coating, there are many iPhone users out there who are unhappy with how this camera module looks.

The extra camera on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max is expected to be a 12MP sensor with an ultra wide-angle lens that offers a 120-degree field of view. While there originally was talk of offering optical image stabilization (OIS) on all three iPhone 11 cameras, the latest gossip has Apple holding this feature back and will include it with the 5G iPhones expected in 2020.

It is unknown whether these prototype cases are based on real schematics for the 2019 iPhone lineup, or if they are based on rumored schematics. But the cases do show that the mute, side and volume buttons on the iPhone 11R and iPhone 11 will be in the same exact place as found on the iPhone XR and iPhone XS, respectively. The buttons on the iPhone 11 Max will be slightly lower than their current location on the iPhone XS Max.

Despite earlier rumors that Apple was going to change the size of the screens on the 2019 iPhone models, we expect that the company will keep the status quo; expect the Apple iPhone 11 to sport a 5.8-inch OLED panel, a 6.4-inch OLED screen on the iPhone 11 Max, and a 6.1-inch LCD panel on the iPhone 11R. Apple is expected to put off a rumored switch that would replace the proprietary Lightning port with a Type-C port until 2020. But a USB-C to Lighting dongle will reportedly be included in the box. And instead of forcing iPhone users to pay $29 extra for a fast charging adapter, an 18W USB-C unit will also be included with the purchase of a 2019 iPhone.

We could see a new "Underwater Mode" added to the 2019 iPhone models

The new iPhones are also expected to offer reverse wireless charging, a feature first found on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and offered on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. It will allow a 2019 iPhone to be used as a wireless charging pad and could be used to charge up a pair of AirPods, the Apple Watch, or another compatible handset. Because the power will come from the battery inside the host iPhone, we should see a hike in the capacity of the battery found on all three models. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, now working for TF International, expects a battery in the range of 3491mAh to 3650mAh for the iPhone 11 Max compared to the 3174mAh battery found inside the iPhone XS Max. The iPhone 11 will sport a 3189mAh to 3322mAh battery compared to the 2658mAh capacity used on the battery that powers the iPhone 11. The iPhone XR has the best battery life of any iPhone in history, and Kuo was unsure whether the iPhone 11R will carry an upgraded component; if it does, he says the capacity will be 3089mAh.

Apple also could be adding a new "Underwater Mode" to the iPhone this year. This feature will allow users to take pictures when the phone is submerged underwater. It will allow the screen to work with touch inputs even when wet. What seems a bit odd about this is that even with an IP68 rating that allows the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to be submerged in nearly five feet of water for up to 30 minutes, water damage is still not covered by Apple's warranty (this is the policy stated by all smartphone manufacturers selling phones with an IP67 or IP68 rating). So unless something changes in terms of water protection or the warranty, how many consumers shelling out big bucks for the 2019 iPhones will risk using "Underwater Mode?"

As usual, we should see Apple introduce the 2019 iPhone lineup this coming September. That's only three months away folks, so there is plenty of time for more rumors and renders to leak. In the meantime, WWDC 2019 kicks off on Monday. Perhaps some of the new features of iOS 13 that will be announced can help us get an even clearer picture of what to expect from the next generation iPhones.

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1. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Chess board .......

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31763; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It may be an ugly setup, but I bet it’s gonna be a bad ass camera.

3. cozze02

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I'm sure it is, but what were they thinking......

35. ssallen

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

It better be, because this thing is in the running for the ugliest phone ever produced. Including that weird Chineses wrist band thing. That bump is flat out fugly.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1292; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I get 5hrs of sot on my xr. Surely hope, the max 11 will beat the the XR in best battery life in the history of iPhones.

5. abhicool

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

iphone xr 2??? Seriously apple??? You were running out of ideas regarding new innovations and now with names also....

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Probably that's their new naming scheme for iPhone lines.. 2019 - X2, X2 Max, XR2 2020 - X2s, X2s Max, XR2s 2021 - X3, X3 Max, XR3 and so on.. It make sense until you try to spell it the way that apple want.. iPhone TEN R TWO?

10. Vokilam

Posts: 1439; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

That's a funny post, i love it..

23. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Can't wait for X4s - ex for ass.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Samsung is innovative with their Fold, but where are they now? Androids are full of gimmicks and useless features.

17. dvlprr

Posts: 71; Member since: May 08, 2019


25. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Android leads. Apple follows. It's sad but true.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung has put out the best smartphones on the planet since the Note 4. You don't have to like it (and you clearly don't), you just have to live with it

34. MrMalignance

Posts: 352; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

@ iloveapps: That's because companies making Android phones aren't afraid of real innovation. Gimmicks and useless features are only seen that way by those who don't use them. I know I'm not interested in folds and the like, but some people are dying for that feature.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I really have problem with this camera set up, because it genuinely feels like Apple is trolling its customers. They really have an attitude here "let's see how much we can serve crap to our customers and still get away with it".

9. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Not bad, others will copy this asap.

12. S4NDY

Posts: 273; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Apple already copy it from huawei, do it unsymmetrical and uglier and moved it to the corner= innovation.

18. dvlprr

Posts: 71; Member since: May 08, 2019

Shut up. Enough marketing, enough jargon on stage, copied features from Apple, make you think other companies are innovating.

21. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Huawei will have had a square camera hump for a year by the time this iPhone is released. Don't forget Apple is also copying thier triple camera's and device to device charging. Please tell us how they are copying Apple? Not very bright are you?

30. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nobody has done more copying the past five to six years than Apple. And it takes nerve to talk about gimmicks when the only truly new thing they put out first recently was animojis.

36. ssallen

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Not bad? That is the ugliest thing done to a phone in the last decade!

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1439; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I like it in white, because you can see why it's a square bump (to fit 3 cameras). in black it looks like a square bump..

26. Fred3

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

In white it looks like a dominoes piece glued to the back

13. vickygamit

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Only 5000$, charger and earpods sold separately

20. dvlprr

Posts: 71; Member since: May 08, 2019

F'n D*mbass!! That's not true and you know it! You just want attention from Apple haters! Stop it!

27. Fred3

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 16, 2018


14. midan

Posts: 3217; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It looks like it's going to be big camera upgrade.

16. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

True. Then again in order to be able to use this upgraded tech, I'll have to take this abomination out of my pocket and risk being seen with it in my hand! The horror! :-D

19. dvlprr

Posts: 71; Member since: May 08, 2019

False! What abomination? You just want attention from others that think the same for some reason.

22. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

True, and that reason is sense of good taste. :-D

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