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Alleged case-maker's impressions for iPhone "XI and XI Max" appear to confirm square camera module yet again

The evidence that 2019's iPhones will look like this is steadily mounting. (Source: Cult of Mac)
The evidence that 2019's iPhones will look like this is steadily mounting. (Source: Cult of Mac)
By now, it is likely that you have read at least one rumor that the typical lozenge shape of the main iPhone camera module will mutate into a perfect square this year. The latest possible leak on the subject seems to confirm this design decision. It involves images of a case-mould for what may be 2 new iPhones.

The next generation of iPhones have been subject to a great deal of rumor and speculation already. For example, it is thought that they may not make it to 5G this year (as you might expect of what is often percieved as the ultimate premium phone). However, their manufacturer's new deal with Qualcomm has introduced more uncertainty into this idea. Then again, the main point of consternation surrounding the new iPhones may be the design of their rear panels.

These phones - particularly the successors to the XS and XS Max - are expected to graduate to triple rear cameras this year, in accordance with the trend set by OEMs such as Samsung. Some up-to-date renders suggest that the Cupertino giant will arrange the necessary sensors into a 2x2 conformation, as Huawei did with its Mate 20 line. However, unlike these devices, the resulting 'square iPhone camera' may be shoved into one corner of a given panel.

A new leak appears to support this theory yet again. It consists of photos taken of what may be metallic moulds such as those an accessories company may use to design its cases for an upcoming device. Their poster claims that they have been cast from the iPhones XI and XI Max (the possible model names for the 2 higher-end 2019 Apple phones). These 'impression' exhibit the anticipated square cameras on their backs.

Their appearance also corroborates earlier images suggesting that the square-cams are noticeably raised above the body of the phones. However, in this case, the larger of the two 'moulds' exhibits a written 'iPhone' logo that is engraved into its body (as well as very oddly proportioned to the rest of the object), whereas the one on the smaller appears to be printed on. Little details such as this can often impact on the veracity of a leak such as this.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-04-21 (Update: 2019-04-21)