While Apple is struggling with poor sales of the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, fans are eagerly looking forward to this year’s iPhone 11 flagship, which is still a long time away. Sources familiar with the matter recently told the Wall Street Journal that Apple was planning to launch three iPhones later this year, which will be direct successors to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Even though the new phones won’t arrive until September 2019, fresh iPhone 11 concept renders have emerged showing off what the devices could look like.
Do you like the camera layout on these iPhone 11 concept renders?
Apple needs to make some radical changes in the 2019 iPhones to reignite consumer interest in its rather expensive smartphones. The rumor mill claims it would put dual cameras on the back of the iPhone XR successor and offer three rear lenses on the iPhone XS Max successor. It should help users take better pictures. The third camera could also allow Apple to push further into the world of augmented reality.
The latest iPhone 11 concept renders come from YouTuber Waqar Khan. A few days ago, reliable tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer in collaboration with Digit.in shared schematics obtained from one of Apple’s Asian suppliers. Hemmerstoffer said the device was still in the Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, meaning Apple hadn’t yet finalized its design. Waqar Khan’s iPhone 11 concept renders are based on Hemmerstoffer’s schematics.
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The YouTuber used the leaked 2D schematics to create the 3D concept video of the upcoming phone. Waqar Khan imagines the device in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver colors. Steve Hemmerstoffer’s renders were only in black. One of the first things you’d notice on these renders is the squared camera bump on the rear panel. The bump accommodates three lenses in a triangular configuration, an LED flash, and a microphone.
A large number of users could find such a large camera bump protruding from the back panel annoying. It will be interesting to see whether Apple will end up releasing this design. The iPhone 11 concept renders don’t have a fingerprint sensor, so people hoping for the Touch ID comeback would be disappointed.
Khan has also reduced the display notch, though the overall design is similar to the iPhone X and XS. The phone has glass panels on the front and back supported by a stainless steel frame in the middle. The notch on the concept phone is about half the size of the notch on iPhone XS. Khan managed to reduce the cutout by relocating the front-firing speaker above the display glass. Only time will tell whether consumers will be willing to pay upward of $1,000 for this device.
Another set of iPhone 11 schematics emerge
While Waqar Khan was busy creating the iPhone 11 concept renders based on Steve Hemmerstoffer’s schematics from earlier this month, the Twitter leaker has collaborated with CompareRaja to share another set of iPhone 11 schematics showing off a slightly different design. It’s possible that Apple is working on more than one prototype at this point before deciding which one goes into final production. So, both these renders could be legitimate prototypes.
The newly leaked schematics have a smaller display notch and even thinner bezels than before. On the back panel, the camera module has been relocated. The three camera lenses are aligned horizontally with a ring flash in the middle inside a cylindrically shaped band. The camera setup on this prototype is entirely different from the square camera bump on the earlier schematics.
Below the triple camera system is the Apple logo. The schematics show the volume rockers will remain on the left side while the power button stays on the right. The schematics don’t reveal whether iPhone 11 will have a USB Type-C port or the Lighting connector. The rumor mill claims Apple is going to switch from Lightning to USB-C connector for iPhone charging this year.
Barclays analyst Blaine Curtis says the iPhone 11 will support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, moving away from the older 802.11ac WiFi. The Wi-Fi 6 promises to bring higher speeds, better performance even in crowded places, and improved capacity. It is also said to be more energy efficient than its predecessor. However, Apple fans will have to wait until at least 2020 to enjoy 5G support because Apple is said to source 5G modems from Intel, whose commercial 5G modems won’t be ready until 2020.
According to Korean site ETNews, the iPhone 11 could feature a new display technology from Samsung that would make it thinner, lighter, and cheaper than last year’s models. Samsung’s Youm On-Cell Touch AMOLED (Y-OCTA) display could find its way into the upcoming iPhones. The current iPhones feature a separate touch-sensitive layer on top of the OLED panel. The Y-OCTA technology integrates the touch-sensitive layer into the display, reducing the weight and thickness of the phones. Also, Y-OCTA displays are cheaper to manufacture than the OLED screens used in current iPhones.