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

Image Chris Velazco via Twitter

Image Chris Velazco via Twitter

Frankly, I think the setup looks ugly and doesn't seem to borrow from the company's elegant industrial design thinking. And looks like that the Cupertino major is already prepping for the next generation iPhones to launch around September 2019 - as the traditions go like.

The new iPhone XI could have three cameras on its rear in a radical new design by Apple, if these leaked renders turn out to be correct.

However, we're still at least nine months away from Apple's annual iPhone reveal, so take these images with a pinch of salt.

The assembly will also include an LED flash and rear facing microphone.

Is it a good thing?

'There are two cameras aligned vertically, similar to the iPhone XS. There's also an LED flash above the side camera.

According to the Digit article, "OnLeaks claims the 2019 iPhones are still in Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, and there could be changes in the details when the phones will eventually launch in September 2019". We have no sure way of knowing which of the upcoming phones is shown in the renders, but with such a drastic change in the camera setup, it's probably the top-of-the-line model. But it is something that was expected based on some reports from past year.

A recent Bloomberg story mentioned that Apple is interested in Sony's new ToF sensors.

We heard first of a TOF lens in Oppo R17 Pro previous year, but the technology seemed ahead of its time.

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. But there's so much more OEMs can explore with the unique sensor in the areas of AR and VR. That said, it remains to be seen if the iPhone XR - which reportedly isn't selling as briskly as Apple anticipated - will prompt Apple to adjust its iPhone naming or pricing scheme.

Digit believes the render shows one of the higher end devices.

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