Apple has a mediocre year in 2018 with the three iPhones (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR) and follow-up to the Apple Watch. The Cupertino-based giant is expected to launch three devices in September 2019. Today the folks at CompareRaja with the help of tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer published exclusive renders of the 2019 Apple iPhones which are referred to as ‘iPhone XI’, which actually contradicts with the previous report by Steve himself (check it here).
From the renders, the front side of the upcoming iPhone XI (2019) looks similar to the current iPhone but with smaller notch and slightly thinner bezels. The rear however, contains the big changes with a horizontally stacked triple camera setup placed at the centre. The elongated camera unit consisted of three sensors along with a circle flash around the centre camera lens and a mic below the centre camera. The power button is situated on the right while the volume rocker is placed on the left. The lightning port will likely to be included at the bottom.
The report says that the leaks are 100% legit prototypes. According to Steve, the production is in very early stage and the 2019 iPhones are in EVT stage (Engineering Validation Test).
This leads us to two cases: Either two prototypes will be retained and released as iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max or one leaked prototype will be shelved and other will be retained. The lower variant will likely to be the iPhone XR’s successor while the other two higher variants will be the successor to the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.
The inclusion of the triple camera setup means it will likely to be cost higher than its predecessors. Apple previously released a square camera unit which didn’t get a good response from its fans. From previous reports, the next-generation Apple phones will have 5G capability and a Time of Flight (ToF) technology, which can create a 3D maps of anything within five meters.