Case renders for Apple iPhone 11 Max show that Apple might have made an important decision

Case renders for Apple iPhone 11 Max show that Apple might have made an important decision
Earlier this month, we showed you images of Olixar's camera protectors for the Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R. Posted on MobileFun's website, the accessories dovetailed with some information about the rear cameras on the 2019 iPhones that have already been leaked. One, the cameras will be housed in a square module mounted in the upper left corner of the rear glass. Two, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will both sport three cameras on the back compared to two for the iPhone 11R.

Today, Olixar case renders for the Apple iPhone 11 Max were posted on MobileFun and reveal that the phone still employs the proprietary Lightning port. Olixar's iPhone 11 Max case also shows that the mute switch will move up and down instead of the traditional left to right. And the case also leaves room for that controversial rear camera module.


While there has been talk that Apple would replace the proprietary Lightning port on the iPhone with a USB-C connection, there have been conflicting reports. When the tech giant made such a replacement on last year's iPad Pro tablets, it fueled the fire even more. A couple of weeks ago, the iPhone restore screen for iOS 13 showed what appeared to be a Type-C cable plugging into a Mac. And while that certainly gave many high hopes, Apple is expected to include a Type-C to Lightning dongle in the iPhone box this year; this means that the illustration might appear when one charges his iPhone with a Mac by using the dongle and connecting the Lightning end into the iPhone and the Type-C end into the computer.

Were the iPhone 11 Max case renders made using advanced knowledge or a roll of the dice?


Besides the Lightning to Type-C dongle, Apple will reportedly toss an 18W fast charger in the box to replace the 5W brick that now comes with an iPhone. Yes, the 18W adapter is currently available, but it costs $29 at the Apple Store. Because the 2019 iPhones will supposedly feature reverse wireless charging (a feature first found on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and known as PowerShare on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series), the new units are believed to be in line for a bump in battery capacity. That's because the battery on the host phone is used to supply the power to the device being wirelessly charged such as the AirPods carrying case, an Apple Watch, or a compatible phone. The iPhone 11 Max could end up with a battery with a capacity in the range of 3491mAh and 3650mAh. The iPhone 11 could sport a battery carrying a capacity between 3189mAh and 3322mAh while the iPhone 11R will reportedly be equipped with a 3089mAh battery. Considering that the iPhone XR has the best battery life of any iPhone ever made, the sequel should also give users a long time between charges.


The Olixar cases for the iPhone 11 Max are priced between £4.99-£9.99 ($6.36 USD-$12.72 USD at current exchange rates). What we don't know is whether Olixar based the cases on real information from Apple or just rolled the dice. The 2019 iPhones will undoubtedly be unveiled in September (only three months away) and will feature the same 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED panels for the iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11 respectively, and a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display for the iPhone 11R. They will be powered by the Apple-designed and TSMC built A13 SoC using the foundry's 7nm process.

While it appears that iPhone users are stuck with using the Lightning cable for another year, the 2020 models are expected to be redesigned; as a result, we could see Apple make the switch to USB-C for its smartphones next year.

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iPhone 11 Max
  • Display 6.5"
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13

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11 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1459; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They won’t replace lightning port for another 2-3 years.

5. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I would place my estimates exactly the same.

2. monkeyb

Posts: 404; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Everyone knew Apple was not going to give it. Yet PA wrote an article based on rumors sometime back. Also “Apple is expected to include a Type-C to Lightning dongle” - what the heck is this. It does not make sense at all. Did the article mean to say Type C - USB A dongle? If yes, why should/would Apple do that?

9. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Having a Lightning to USB Type C keeps an option for cable makers to license making adapters for Apple. Apple has so much double dipping until it ain't funny. But they complained about Qualcomm double dipping.

11. monkeyb

Posts: 404; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Yes, but my question is : why in the world would Apple "include" it as mentioned in the article. Making it and selling it makes sense, why will they give it for free.

3. Budhainthemood

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Why lose something good and proven? If I were Apple, I'd use Lighting.

4. audibot

Posts: 598; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

well i cant see anything just a cut out but since everything apple has done with mac and tabs shows this will be usb-c also it makes sense since type c is faster and can do more at same time

6. Vega007

Posts: 74; Member since: May 18, 2017

Works for me since I still do not own a product that uses USB C.

7. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It'll come during the next lapse in innovation. It'll give everyone something new to talk about. It'll sell lots of extra dongles. and it'll buy time for the world to come up with more innovations. If Lightning port were truly superior, all of their products wold use it. they're just holding onto that card until they got nothing else.

8. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

That's unfortunate. Lightning vs USB Type C: Lightning handles up to 12W of power. USB Type C up to 100W. This means USB Type C can provide faster charging capabilities over Lightning. Apple Lightning only offers data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps. That's only as fast as USB 2.0. While USB Type C offers up to 10Gbps USB is standard is is more supported and doesn't require licensing. Yet Apple is charging more for a phone that everything except for the SoC is slow. Proprietary hardware has always failed on the market level. Because they are designed to only benefit a select few, not the vast majority. And that is why Apple is never going to be the leader in tech.

10. epic_ninja420

Posts: 130; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Im still trying to figure out the mental gymnastics that this writer used to come to the conclusion based upon some cheap cases that has a rectangular cutout that they will stick with Lightning..... My Note 9 case and my iPhone 8 case on the work phone both have the same sized cutout. Plus if the rumor of an 18w charger being included in the box is true, why would they stick with the connector that cant even handle that much(12w)?

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