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Leaked schematics confirm that 2019 iPhones will have a square camera hump

All leaks and rumours point to the iPhone XI as having triple rear-facing cameras (Image source: OnLeaks)
All leaks and rumours point to the iPhone XI as having triple rear-facing cameras (Image source: OnLeaks)
Squares Ahoy! A set of schematics have leaked online, which reinforce that the next iPhones will have a huge square rear-facing camera housing akin to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

The iPhone rumour mill is picking up speed once again. Only two weeks ago we reported that Apple is planning to follow suit with Huawei, Samsung and others in introducing an iPhone with triple rear-facing cameras. Speculation has been abound on Twitter for months too about how the Cupertino-based company will implement these three cameras.

Now, a set of schematics have leaked online seemingly from China that shows what is unmistakably an iPhone with at least three rear-facing cameras. The camera housing looks remarkably like the Huawei used with the Mate 20 Pro, except that Apple has placed its at the top left-hand corner of the back case rather than in the middle as Huawei has.

There is also an aperture for what leakers like OnLeaks think is the LED flash, but there is a mysterious fifth aperture too. It is possible that Apple is planning on equipping its next iPhones with a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor, which OEMs have slowly started to bring to market, such as with Huawei P30 Pro or the Xiaomi Mi 9. Apple has used ToF sensors as front-facing sensors, which create 3D profiles of objects that can help with augmented reality (AR) applications or for taking more detailed photos.

The idea of iPhones having a rear-facing ToF sensor is only speculative at this stage, but it certainly looks like the next generation of iPhones will not lie flat on a table. Hopefully, that huge camera hump does not interfere with wireless charging if or when Apple releases its much-delayed AirPower.

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The rumoured iPhone XI (Image source: OnLeaks)
iPhone XI schematics (Image source: Slashleaks)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-03-29 (Update: 2019-03-29)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.