Sketchy render promises first look at 2019’s ‘iPhone XI’

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iPhone XI render
Really?
Photo: CompareRaja

A new and questionable render promises to provide iPhone fans with their very first look at Apple’s next-generation flagship.

Dubbed “iPhone XI,” the iPhone XS successor has a redesigned camera system and comes in new color options. It is also claimed to offer a bigger battery, USB-C connectivity, and more.

We’ve seen a number of 2019 iPhone renders in recent weeks, each with a different take on rumored changes and improvements. The latest isn’t completely new, but it promises to be the most accurate representation of what’s to come.

The render above comes from Indian blog CompareRaja, which claims to have confirmed a number of key details with an unnamed source familiar with Apple’s plans. But we’re skeptical that this will be the final design of the next iPhone.

’iPhone XI’ render smells fishy

The image suggests this so-called iPhone XI will be the successor to the iPhone XS. It supposedly has a 5.8-inch display, which makes it smaller than the iPhone XR, and a very similar design.

The big difference is the redesigned camera system, which, like on the iPhone 8 Plus and previous handsets, sits horizontally rather than vertically. It is claimed to feature three camera lenses, but there doesn’t appear to be an LED flash.

Not only does that sound unlikely, but the camera system isn’t even situated in the center of the phone. It’s placed slightly to toward the right side of the device in the renders, leading to an asymmetrical design that’s very unlike Apple.

The report also promises the same IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance that we’ve come to expect from the iPhone, plus a 4,000mAh battery, USB-C connectivity, and a new blue color option. It rules out 5G connectivity, however.

Take it with a pinch of salt

Ignoring the badly-designed render, some of these details just don’t add up. It’s highly unlikely Apple would eliminate the LED flash, and recent rumors have suggested a triple-lens camera would be reserved exclusively for the larger “iPhone XI Plus.”

With that said, we recommend taking this particular report with a pinch of salt. More convincing leaks will surely surface before the next-generation iPhone lineup gets its official unveiling this fall.