The display notch on the iPhone X was a crazy idea. It received a lot of criticism. Eventually, consumers and critics have made their peace with it, and many of Apple’s rivals have shamelessly copied it. The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR were the ‘S’ upgrades with internal changes. The next year’s iPhone 11 (or whatever Apple chooses to call it) would bring radical design overhaul. One concept designer has tried to imagine the 2019 flagship, and his iPhone 11 concept looks borderline crazy.
An offbeat iPhone 11 concept
Past rumors suggest that Apple is going to reduce the size of bezels on 2019 iPhones and improve the TrueDepth camera system that supports Face ID and Animoji features. Concept designer Antonio De Rosa (via iDrop News) has come up with an interesting iPhone 11 concept that he believes would make it stand out in the crowd of notched smartphones. De Rosa shared the concept renders on his blog.
The first thing you’ll notice on this iPhone 11 concept is the location of the notch. De Rosa has moved it from top-center to the top-left corner of the device. The designer argues that moving the notch to the left would free up “more room for icons and other information” on the display. By the way, the concept iPhone sports a giant 6.7-inch display with 3000 x 1386 resolution and 458ppi pixel density.
Moving the notch to the left makes the iPhone 11 concept look different from copycats such as OnePlus 6, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei P20 Pro, LG V40 ThinQ, and Google Pixel 3 XL.
Will Apple add stylus support?
Another thing that you’ll notice is the ejectable stylus. Apple has so far resisted the temptation to add stylus support to iPhones, keeping the feature exclusive to iPads. But the designer expects things to change next year as Apple will try to differentiate the XS successor with the XS Max successor. Adding stylus support to the larger iPhone 11 model could help Apple differentiate it from its smaller sibling.
Another feature highlighted on the iPhone 11 concept is a five-camera setup on the back called Apple Quadra+. It consists of a 20MP zoom lens and four 12MP lenses.
2019 iPhones will have the same screen sizes as this year’s models
Earlier this week, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicated that the 2019 iPhones would retain the 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.5-inch screen sizes of this year’s iPhones. Kuo has an impressive track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s future product plans. The analyst added that the iPhone 11 is also unlikely to make any improvements in water-resistance, meaning they will have the same IP68 rating as the iPhone XS and XS Max.
It’s too early to say what the next year’s iPhones would be called. This year was the ‘S’ cycle, so the 2019 iPhones could be dubbed iPhone 11 or XI. But keeping the numbering system around for a long time would make things weird. Names like iPhone 29 and iPhone 17 don’t sound good. There is a possibility that Apple could change the naming scheme next year. There are a variety of names floating around such as iPhone Pro, Apple iPhone, and 2019 iPhone.
Deutsche Securities analyst Jialin Lu predicts at least one of 2019 iPhone models would sport a triple camera system on the back to take on Huawei’s P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 is also rumored to feature triple cameras on the rear panel. Apple has to keep up with the competition to keep commanding premium prices. The 2019 iPhones are expected to run the next-gen A13 processor.