We’re just seven days into 2019 and maybe for the first time in a long while we already have our first look at the upcoming Apple iPhone XI. Courtesy of a partnership between serial leakster Onleaks and Indian tech publication Digit we now have the very early look at one of the iPhones that are going to be unveiled this year in September.
These are very early renders of the Apple iPhone XI as the product is still in Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage and hence the elements could differ in the time between now and the launch.
Keeping all that aside, the leaked renders show the rear of the iPhone with a very distinct rounder square camera housing which is eerily reminiscent of the Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro design. The camera units are placed in a triangular setting with a LED flash on the top right corner. There's a shine to the phone which indicate the presence of glass on the back.
Even if these are very early prototype renders, just going by the design of the camera and its placements, it seems very asymmetrical and un-Apple like. The company’s design philosophy is a case study in itself and yet this early look doesn’t satiate the Apple fanboy in me.
Apple iPhone XI is expected to sport a Time of Flight (TOF) 3D sensor as reported by Bloomberg in December 2018 which corroborates with the renders having a triple camera setup. The report further stated that Sony is manufacturing these 3D sensors and hence it can at least be confirmed that the next top-end variant of the Apple iPhone will have three cameras on the back.
The year 2018 proved to be a disappointment for Apple as the latest iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max saw a very dull response in sales especially in China and India due to the steep pricing of the phones. While we are still nine months away from the actual launch, these renders do give us an early look at the direction Apple is taking for the next iPhones.