The next lineup of iPhones is expected to be unveiled in early September. The rumor mill has been busy outlining what to expect, and new dummy models give us a clear look at what’s probably coming down the pike.
9to5Mac was able to get the hands-on video published this week. The dummy models are built around the majority of rumors we’ve seen in the past, boasting that square camera housing on the back of each model. As previously rumored, even the iPhone XR’s successor, often referred to as the iPhone 11R, will have the same square design, despite only featuring two cameras instead of three like the other premium models (the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max).
Smaller changes are also present in the hardware, including minor tweaks to the volume keys and the mute slider.
This is just a quick look at the hardware, and, of course, there’s always room for changes. While at this point the rumor mill has painted a pretty clear picture, all east in broad strokes, at least as far as it relates to the rear camera design, there is still plenty of missing elements. Apple will fill all of those in later this year — but the rumor mill probably won’t rest on the iPhone 11 lineup between now and then, either.
The rear camera design is definitely an interesting decision. Will it go over well with folks in the real world? If it’s anything like the AirPods, which saw plenty of criticism for design when the truly wireless headphones were initially announced, then it probably won’t be a big deal for Apple at all.
The biggest thing missing right now is the software, how iOS 13 might be spruced up in some way –even if it’s just the camera software and features– for the iPhone 11 lineup and the triple camera setup in two of the variants. We can’t get any of that from the dummy models, unfortunately, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see how that all pans out.
Based on these dummy units, how do you like the hardware design?