Either you love it or not, the design of iPhone XI camera leaked way back in January is apparently the final design. And, after releasing renders of both the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max earlier this week, Steve Hemmerstoffer and CashKaro have now returned with a detailed look at the controversial design feature.
Curved glass and a bump that doesn’t protrude much
The leaked dimensions of iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max suggests that Apple’s next-gen iPhones will be slightly thicker as compared to the current models. Apparently, the reason for this is the presence of larger batteries; however, it seems that the move should also result in a camera bump that doesn’t protrude as much and it should be around 2mm shorter.
The advantage of the reduced bump is that it won’t get noticed when either the iPhone XI or iPhone XI Max are laid down flat on a table. But the larger surface area that it covers clearly means that the bump is virtually impossible to miss when looking right at the phones, which is why the iPhone XI series takes design cues from the older line of iPhone 7.
With the objective of making the bump blend, the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max will use a single slab of glass on the rear that will curve upwards to surrounds the camera module. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus followed this design way back in 2016, though they used aluminum rather than glass.
Three camera bumps… within the camera bump
If we zoom in on the area, the glass that curves upwards is actually providing a slight lip around the camera bump visualizing in the iPhone XI renders. Curiously enough, though, the curved portion of the glass isn’t colored. According to Hemmerstoffer, the glass is completely transparent and simply picks up the color from its surroundings.
Moving on to the glass within the camera bump, it is revealed yesterday that this will match the color of the phone’s rear. This clearly means that Space Gray iPhone XI’s will feature Space Gray glass for the camera and same goes for silver iPhones to feature silver glass, and so on. Contained within this area are the triangular camera setup, the microphone, and the quad-LED flash. The latter two lays flush against the glass, but for the individual cameras, it actually protrudes slightly creating three bumps individually within the camera bump.
If we take into account the sensors, these are surrounded by a black ring. Previous renders suggested the ring would match the color of the glass but this is not the case now.
Apple iPhone XI/XI Max camera specifications
Regarding actual specifications, it is expected that both the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max will carry three 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. Similar to the previous models, there should be a primary sensor alongside a telephoto zoom alternative which will accompany these is then expected to be a new super-wide-angle camera.
Software features are yet to leak but Apple presumably has some in the working process that’ll require data from all three cameras. After all, it’s the only logical explanation for the triangular camera setup – if data from all three wasn’t required at the same time then the company could opt for a horizontal design instead. In regard to the optical zoom improvements, it’s currently not clear if any will be made – existing iPhones support 2x zoom.
Completing the camera setup of iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max should be a new selfie camera. Since the iPhone 7, Apple’s devices have carried 7-megapixel sensors, but for the next-gen models, this should be swapped out for a 12-megapixel camera setup.
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