A new image has leaked online which appears to confirm the design of Apple’s next iPhone – thought the be called the iPhone 11 or iPhone XI.
The image, which was originally posted on Weibo and subsequently picked up by a user on Slashleaks , shows two iPhone case moulds.
These dummy units are frequently used by smartphone case manufacturers to mould their protective cases, ahead of the launch of a new device.
What stands out about the dummies is the square panel in the top left-hand corner, where the iPhone’s rear camera module is usually located.
Instead of the current dual-lens setup, there now appears to be space for three lenses.
Apple was previously rumoured to be working on a triple lens rear camera system , which will include one wide, one telephoto, and one ultra-wide lens.
Many of Apple’s biggest rivals – including Samsung and Huawei – have packed this camera technology into their latest devices, so it would make sense for Apple to include something similar.
However, rumours have previously suggested that only the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Max model will get the new triple-lens camera system.
The leaked image appears to show that both the 5.8-inch and the 6.5-inch models will benefit from the new technology.
It is not clear whether the moulds are based on official information, or simply put together by case manufacturers based on leaked information from Apple’s vast supply chain.
However, a recent investor note from reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, seen by 9to5Mac, also suggested that both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will feature a triple camera system.
“We forecast the camera upgrade will be one of the new 2H19 iPhone’s major selling points,” he wrote.
“Critical spec upgrades are as follows. (1) Rear cameras of 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD will likely upgrade to triple-camera and dual-camera, respectively.
“A super-wide camera will be newly adopted by the triple-camera system, which is equipped with the 12MP/1um CIS provided exclusively by Sony.”