First iPhone XI camera specifications rumored, signaling big change on the horizon

First iPhone XI camera specifications rumored, signaling big change on the horizon
Apple might be in a bit of a pickle regarding the successor to an iPhone XR that generated weaker than anticipated demand, which may or may not settle for an LCD panel again. As far as 2019 iPhone XS and XS Max sequels are concerned, however, you’d think the company’s design plans would be crystal clear by now.

According to serial leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @OnLeaks, that’s not the case just yet, with two very different rear camera arrangements still being considered in the Engineering Validation Test stage of the next-gen handsets’ development.

While it’s pretty obvious which one the people would choose were Apple to actually listen to user feedback, it’s too early to know whether the dubious square-shaped imaging setup or the more elegant horizontal triple lens placement will ultimately materialize.

At the same time, CompareRaja claims to have obtained exclusive inside information (through Steve H.) concerning the resolution of two of the iPhone XI’s three rear-facing shooters. These are currently expected to sport 10 and 14-megapixel sensors, which unfortunately doesn’t mean much in the absence of other essential specifications.

The megapixel wars have long been abandoned by everyone from Apple to Google, as there are way more important things to consider when producing and optimizing a state-of-the-art smartphone camera... or three.


That being said, it’s interesting to point out the iPhone XS and XS Max come with dual 12MP rear snappers, which means Apple isn’t simply planning to add a mysterious third lens on top of the existing camera setup.

The single selfie shooter purportedly housed in a narrower notch is tipped to go up from 7 to 10MP while also helping to improve Face ID accuracy and reliability in combination with some fancy new sensors which might be invisible to the naked eye.

Internally, Apple could shuffle some things around, moving the logic board above a redesigned battery that’s expected to more closely resemble a square than the letter “L.” Finally, we’re again hearing how the iPhone XI (2019) family may not ditch the infamous Lightning connector after all to adopt a more ubiquitous USB-C port

But the good news is every single nugget of rumored information is unconfirmed and subject to change. Or is that bad news considering how the iPhone XIS and XIS Max could end up looking if this design doesn’t pan out?

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6 Comments

1. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Like, all of the stuff is already being done by other manufacturers. How is this "new technology"? Another attempt to make Apple's dying innovation relevant

2. Whitedot

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Its only big if you have set of eyes like child.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"Big change"

4. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

12 megapixel is weak. Move to 14 or 16. The detail needs to improve.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Unless they can physically make the camera sensor larger, which would likely require a thicker phone, more pixels equals smaller pixels. It would result in a loss of detail in most situations besides outside on a sunny day.

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The current real resolution of smartphones with 12-16 MP sensors is closer to 5-7 MP. It's actually improving year over year, despite the non-increasing sensor resolution, thanks to sensor pixel isolation (Samsung's ISOCELL, Apple's deep-trench isolation), better lens systems and computational photography.

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