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07 Jan 2019

#LeakPeek: This is how iPhone XI's cameras may look like

Apple iPhone XI to sport triple rear-camera setup

We know Apple is working with Sony to implement 3D ToF cameras on its upcoming batch of iPhones - the successor to the iPhone Xs lineup.

And now, thanks to reputed tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @OnLeaks, we know how the tech giant plans to redesign the camera hub to accommodate the new sensor.

Here's our first look at the iPhone XI (Apple's 2019 iPhone).

In context

Apple iPhone XI to sport triple rear-camera setup

Here's the leak from reputed tipster @OnLeaks

Apple XI to get Huawei-inspired triple rear-camera module

New design

Apple XI to get Huawei-inspired triple rear-camera module

To integrate the 3D sensor, Apple could have chosen to elongate the vertical camera hub seen on the latest iPhones. However, the Cupertino giant is toying with a radical design.

As per the renders, the iPhone XI will come with a square-ish triple camera hub - similar to Huawei Mate 20 range - but positioned rather oddly on the top-left corner.

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Asymmetrical

But Apple's triple camera setup looks ugly

While the Huawei camera setup is attractively symmetric, the same can't be said for iPhone XI's bumpy, wacky camera design.

Of the three lenses, the middle one is positioned out of line with the other two and the LED flash is oddly placed with respect to the sensors.

Moreover, a microphone is huddled in the bottom-right corner, slightly off-center with the left sensor.

Another reputed tipster validates the odd camera design

Looking beyond the design

The positives

Looking beyond the design

Looking at the current iPhones, we expect the triple camera setup to comprise a main RGB sensor, a telephoto sensor, and the new Sony-made 3D ToF sensor.

Hence, with the new sensor, Apple can leverage the accurate 3D data to improve image processing and offer high-quality Portrait photography.

Moreover, the 3D sensor will also open new possibilities in terms of AR and VR content/gaming.

Notch or hole?

Whatever is on the front, remains under the covers

We currently don't know if the tech giant will stick with the wide notch or adopt the in-trend camera hole design, or if it will implement the in-display fingerprint scanner to match rivals.

However, we do know Apple's 2019 iPhone will offer an unattractive yet powerful triple rear camera.

And whatever is on the front, remains under the covers until the next major leak.

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When will iPhone XI launch?

How do Sony's 3D camera sensors work?

Are there any other 3D camera phones?

What are the benefits of 3D cameras on smartphones?

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When will iPhone XI launch?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Vishal Jaiteley

Answered by NewsBytes

Going by Apple's annual launch cycle, we can expect the iPhone XI to show up sometime around September 2019.

How do Sony's 3D camera sensors work?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Trisha Malik

Answered by NewsBytes

Sony uses a technology called 'time of flight,' where the sensors emit low-energy laser pulses and measure the time they take to reflect back. With this information, they create 3D models.

Are there any other 3D camera phones?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Aradhya Banerjee

Answered by NewsBytes

Currently, OPPO R17 Pro and Honor View 20 use a 3D ToF camera in the rear camera setup. However, the technology is relatively new and its applications will be more evident in smartphones set to launch in 2019.

What are the benefits of 3D cameras on smartphones?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Navya Bose

Answered by NewsBytes

The 3D cameras will help map objects in 3D with more detail and accuracy. Hence, Apple and other companies can use this data to improve portrait photography, biometric (facial) authentication, and offer immersive AR and VR content.

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