New iPhone XI renders show off a square camera bump and three cameras

Image: OnLeaks / Digit India

We are several months away from when Apple is officially set to unveil the iPhone 11, but, that hasn’t stopped reliable leaker Onleaks to show-off what he expects the next iPhone will look like. Here’s everything we know so far.

Earlier this morning, reliable Apple leaker OnLeaks partnered with DigitIndia to show-off new prototype renderings of the upcoming iPhone XI, or iPhone 11. The render is what he believes is a legitimate prototype used by Apple.

The render reveals a square camera housing that houses three-cameras. We reported in December that Apple is planning on using Sony Time-of-Flight (TOF) 3D Camera Sensors in its upcoming iPhone models, thus requiring Sony to announce they’re increasing camera production by Summer 2019.

Apple currently utilizes a Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) system on its True-Depth Camera system. The Sony modules utilize a Time-of-Flight (TOF) system, which uses light pulses on a depth map to measure the travel of the light pulse to and from a target. The TOF is far more accurate the VCSEL for various applications, like in rear-facing cameras.

The addition of these sensors with the Triple Lens Camera System shown in the render will allow iPhone to have a stereoscopic vision system, which uses lasers to calculate space and distances. This will allow the rear-facing cameras to work just like the True-Depth camera system, which will allow Apple to greatly improve ARKit.

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Image: OnLeaks / DigitIn

According to OnLeaks and DigitIn, “2019 iPhones are still in Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, and there could be changes in the details when the phones will eventually launch in September 2019.”

“EVT stands for ‘engineering validation test,’ and Apple hardware typically progresses from EVT to DVT (design validation test) to PVT (production validation test) stages,” says 9to5Mac‘s Benjamin Mayo. While EVT is still early on in the process, typically major features like a triple-camera lens and other general features are already locked in at this point and rarely change.

We fully expect Apple to maintain the same iPhone lineup as this year and possibly keeping the triple-camera system for the top-end models. Thus, we fully expect an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11r. It is unclear as to the exact names Apple will use, and we will learn more about that when September nears.

If I am being honest, I am not a fan of the square camera housing, and much prefer this render:

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Concept Image: Vijay Le / GrabCAD

What do you think of the render, and do you love, or hate, it? Let us know in the comments, or by joining our Telegram group.

Update 5:04 PM ET: We are sharing an alternative render of the upcoming iPhone XI by the reliable concept visualizer Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1):

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Concept Image: Ben Geskin / @VenyaGeskin1
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I usually write stuff, mostly Apple. Photographer, film major, environmentalist, techie.

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