Just a few days into the new year, we're getting an early look at what may be Apple's flagship iPhone for 2019.
Renders that claim to show the iPhone XI or iPhone 11. Shared by OnLeaks and Digit.in, we can see the back of an iPhone with a triple rear camera setup in a protruding housing. The three cameras are laid out in a zig-zag pattern with a flash above them and a camera below them. It's unclear what features these three cameras would offer, but on the iPhone XS and XS Max, there's one wide angle camera and one 2x optical zoom snapper.
It's said that the 2019 iPhone models are currently in the Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, which means this is still an early design. The Design Validation Test (DVT) and Production Validation Test (PVT) stages follow the EVT stage.
This zig-zag camera setup definitely looks a bit strange. Usually with multi-camera setups, the cameras are in a straight line either horizontally or vertically. Plus, the zig-zag pattern on this alleged iPhone XI makes the protruding camera housing look pretty large.
All that said, it's possible that Apple is using this zig-zag pattern for a reason. Perhaps if they were to lay the three cameras out vertically in a straight line, they'd need to be spaced out so much that the vertical camera housing would be super long, which could look strange.
What do you think of this leaked iPhone XI design?