Apple is again rumored to be adding a square camera housing on the back of all three of its 2019 iPhone models, with Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeting a photo allegedly showing case molds for the trio of upcoming handsets.
Similar to the two high end iPhone 11 models, dubbed the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max, Gurman reinforces earlier claims made by OnLeaks that suggest Apple will put a square shaped camera bump on the back of the next-generation iPhone XR, which unlike the current model is expected to launch with dual-camera system, much like that found on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
The authenticity of the molds are unknown, but third-party accessory makers usually produce units such as this based on leaked information from manufacturing partners such as Foxconn, allowing them to produce accessories for the new handsets ahead of their official launch.
Alleged next iPhone case moldings show what we discussed in our story last week in terms of new cameras. 3 on the high end, 2 on the new XR. Plus all models apparently getting a square, at least based on this one mold floating around. https://t.co/BhAFTZZL6u pic.twitter.com/QlNJTsApzX
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) May 13, 2019
The design of the camera bump expected to arrive with the 2019 iPhone models has been criticised as looking “ugly” and “obtrusive” in a recent flurry of early-stage concepts and visualizations.
It is unclear why Apple would use a square bump for the next iPhone XR if rumors about the device featuring dual-lens rear camera are accurate. Apple has used a vertical camera design for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max and one would assume that the same design for the next-generation would be sufficient, so perhaps the new design is simply to keep all three 2019 iPhone models consistent.