It’s never too soon to speculate on what the next iPhone will look like or what features it may have. And such speculation is already well underway, never mind that Apple typically unveils its latest handsets in September, and there’s little reason to suspect that the timetable will change with the 2019 models.
The CashKaro.com site out of India has published “iPhone X1” or iPhone 11 CAD- renders of what it claims is an exclusive look at Apple’s next flagships, through a partnership with “trusted leaker” OnLeaks.
Apple said it does not comment on rumors and speculation.
The images of the phone show off a triangular shaped triple-lens camera array, including perhaps a 3D sensor. That would let a shooter switch among telephotos, wide-angles and even wider wide angles.
The lenses would sit under a noticeable camera bump on top of the rear glass back of the phone, at least on the 11 Max model (or whatever it might be called).
The camera bump on the upper corner rear is visible on this render of the iPhone 11. (Photo: CashKaro.com)
Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities predicted earlier in the year that there would be three new models, with such a trio likely to have the same or similar screen sizes as the current latest iPhones crop: the iPhone XR (6.1 inches), XS (5.8 inches) and XS Max (6.5 inches). The displays are expected to be bordered by narrow bezels and once again sport a notch on the top of the screen.
The phones may also carry bigger batteries. And, in this iteration, it seems Apple is still not ready to ditch its proprietary Lightning port, choosing it for now over what is fast becoming the standard on other smartphones, the USB-C connector.
No word on when there might be a 5G iPhone, but even with the recent peace agreement in court between Apple and chip supplier Qualcomm, 5G for Apple’s flagship seems more likely to be a 2020 development.
It may also be 2020 or well after before Apple might try its own foldable phone on the public, as Samsung has with its now-delayed, near $2,000 Galaxy Fold device. A recent patent filing suggests Apple could be working on a foldable of its own, maybe a device that could be a combo iPhone/iPad of sorts.
Sooner than that, Apple could borrow a feature Samsung brought with its latest Galaxy flagships, the ability to charge another device by placing it on top of the iPhone.
We’ll certainly learn more about the next version of the iOS software at the core of iPhones in June, when Apple hosts its annual Worldwide Developer Conference or WWDC.
On the hardware side, meanwhile, between now and September, you can bank on more Apple leaks to come.