Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

The 2019 iPhone XI imagined in renders, even though it's only January

The 2019 iPhone XI imagined in renders, even though it's only January

Sources via Onleaks, renders of the back of a new iPhone, the iPhone Xi, have been published by Digit.in, who revealed the device would have a triple camera assembly in a square camera housing with three cameras aligned non-linearly. They're still nine months away and a lot can change in that time, but with Apple looking for a way to boost waning interest in its handsets, a drastic redesign could be on the cards. The flash LED and a microphone hole sandwich the third vertex of the triangle.

Courtesy of Digit and OnLeaks, we now have the first look at what might be Apple's biggest and brightest flagship of 2019 - the iPhone XI.

Apple is reportedly getting in on the camera count war by increasing the number of rear cameras to three and significantly expanding the size of the module.

OnLeaks notes the 2019 iPhones are still in Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, and the design may change before it's inevitable launch in September 2019.

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Putting all the unappealing visual factors aside, we can not ignore the fact that Apple is jumping onto the triple-camera setup as early as this year. The device will be launching later this year, however, its first render leak has already shown up online. Above that is an LED flash and a microphone on the bottom, ' the site reported.

Some previous rumors suggest that the third camera will be a 3D ToF sensor, but it's still all speculations for now.

TOF or Time of Flight technology is basically the time taken for the light to bounce back off an object to create a 3D map.

The three-camera setup certainly sounds impressive, but it's quite likely to push up the cost of production, and therefore inflate the iPhone brand's price tag even further. But there's so much more OEMs can explore with the unique sensor in the areas of AR and VR.

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