Both the iPhone 11 and 11 Plus could sport three rear cameras... in certain configurations

Both the iPhone 11 and 11 Plus could sport three rear cameras... in certain configurations
Apparently, this is not how the iPhone XI is going to look after all

Apple has a special event scheduled for March 25 and its annual Worldwide Developers Conference set for an official June 3 start, but unless the iPhone SE will be spectacularly brought back from the dead in the form of a notched sequel long believed to have been canceled, we probably need to wait until September for the traditional announcement of a new iOS handset family.

This is widely expected to include three models, just like last year's iPhone XS/XS Max/XR lineup, and there's a good chance the LCD panel technology of the lower-cost XR will be left behind for good. But perhaps the most exciting upgrade reportedly cooked up by Apple is a move from single and dual camera systems to dual and triple lens solutions. While the company often likes to do its own thing, resisting industry trends and fads, everyone from Samsung to Huawei, Sony, LG, and Nokia seems to think more imaging sensors is better, leaving little choice for Apple but to try to compete in the multi-camera segment.

A controversial design choice

According to one of the most prolific and reliable leakers in the mobile world, there are two main possibilities for Apple's first triple rear camera implementation. The Japanese Macotakara blog, which has correctly predicted this type of stuff before, expects the iPhone XI (or 11) to ultimately adopt a square-shaped bump inspired by the Huawei Mate 20 duo.

We're talking about the first of two rendered designs purportedly being considered by Apple in the EVT (Engineering Validation Test) stage of the new handset's development. Yup, the one almost unanimously despised by our readers, based on a poll conducted a couple of months ago. Macotakara seems to believe this might end up looking identical to the large and symmetrical camera arrangement on the back of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with three imaging sensors and the flash positioned in each of the four corners.

That would arguably be an improvement over the monstrosity depicted back in January, which was all over the place, also including a microphone, making pretty much no sense from a Feng shui standpoint. Still, the consensus among "iFans" voicing their preferences all around the interwebs was that the cyclops-style horizontal setup looked better. Meanwhile, we remain open to all possibilities, including a good old fashioned vertical layout.

Three cameras on the smaller iPhone XS sequel?

If Apple is indeed preparing three new iPhones, logic dictates that any difference in the number of cameras mounted on each model will line up with a screen size gap. But Macotakara's "Chinese supplier" sources claim Apple has a whole other plan. Namely, there's a chance both the iPhone 11 (or XI) and 11 Plus (or Max) will come with three rear-facing snappers... in certain storage configurations.

In other words, entry-level variants of XS and XS Max sequels could share dual lens setups, with an additional camera offered by top-tier configurations. That would definitely be an unusual approach, likely aimed at providing cutting-edge specifications for fans of smaller devices as well. So, no, bigger might not automatically mean better for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Unless we're talking about storage sizes rather than screen diagonals. It's unclear exactly what that strategy could mean for an iPhone XR follow-up, but we're guessing any such "inexpensive" flagship would stick to dual imaging sensors (at best).

Unfortunately, the latest rumor doesn't tackle the actual camera specs of the iPhone XI family, so we're left expecting a combination of 10 and 14MP lenses, with the third rear sensor cloaked in secrecy, although there's a good chance we're looking at a 3D ToF (Time-of-Flight) affair supporting super-advanced augmented reality tricks.



1. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I suppose the vertical layout will be chosen. LED flash below them. The Mate style is nicer but only in the middle. And not 3mm thicker than the phone, something ridiculous. I'd rather have thicker phone to get rid of it

10. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

The camera hump doesn’t matter, most cases make it flush or recessed anyway.

11. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Everyone doesn't use a case

16. TypicalGeek

Posts: 218; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Not everyone uses a case?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It would look odd, not seeing the camera in the corner on an iPhone, but change is always welcome. I'm curious to see iOS 13 though, the phone itself won't look too different.

8. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

From a repair standpoint I like where they've had it over the years, has made my job easier. I hope they do a wide-angle lens this year.

3. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 300; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

here is the iphone 11 please pay $2000

9. Allday28

Posts: 346; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Get a life.

17. TypicalGeek

Posts: 218; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

From a guy with profile name "Nexus4lifes" LOL I owned a Nexus 5, It was great.

19. iphonearenauser unregistered

And people will pay it.

4. midan

Posts: 3124; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well that's great if true! I hate it when bigger phones gets better parts. That's why i skipped iPhone 7 and 8 because lack of dual cam.

5. Ray.S

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I like the square shape of the camera cluster. Maybe more than the oval shape of the current one. If they can get rid of the bump though, that would be ideal! :D

6. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Wow, what a great innovation :) Yawn...

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Not impressed with the design concept or if Apple releases this phone design! Apple please give us tons of features through iOS13. I would like to see dark mode and most importantly split screen for all Plus and Max phones. This feature alone I have been waiting for. Xfinity Stream TV app and going through Safari would be very useful to me. I shouldn't have to use an iPad for that. The developer code is as easy as Apple releasing rights it to iPhone iOS. Don't restrict this just to iPad.

12. MartyLK

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 08, 2016

Apple will always lag behind other phone makers. Their designs and style just lags. And I'm sure Steve Jobs would have fired the whole Apple design team for putting a camera hump on an iPhone.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's like your 4th article of the exact same topic in this site. I'm sure you'll release at least another 4 articles with this topic before iPhone 11 launch.

14. midan

Posts: 3124; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No it's a new article with new info and this same is posted by other phone sites too. Also no-one force you to read these ;)

15. sonofabdoel2nd

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

iPhone 'window' edition

18. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Who cares. Google will still paddle everyone with last year's model and that is with a single lens.

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