Alleged 2019 iPhone Rear Chassis Appears on Chinese Social Media With Triple-Lens Camera Markings

An alleged chassis piece belonging to the 2019 iPhone appeared on Chinese social media this morning with markings on the rear of the device that resemble a housing for three camera lenses.


The above image and mockup (below), shared via Weibo and later tweeted by Ben Geskin, tally with rumors that the next-generation ‌iPhone‌ will feature a rear triple-lens camera system in a triangular configuration.

Last week, an image of a similar chassis piece appeared on Slashleaks, although rumors about triple lenses in an ‌iPhone‌ began way back in May 2018. Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in October that he expected the next iPhones to feature triple-lens cameras.

In January, serial mobile leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) released renderings of the supposed ‌iPhone‌ 2019 model, with a similar unusual-looking patch on the rear for three lenses, a flash, and a mic in the triangular arrangement.


The Wall Street Journal has since reported that Apple plans to introduce a triple-lens camera system in at least one of the iPhones coming in 2019. Shortly after that report, Bloomberg seemingly confirmed the rumor, but neither publication mentioned how the lenses would be configured.

A triple-lens rear camera on the next ‌iPhone‌ would allow for a larger field of view, a wider zoom range, improved low light performance, and it would capture more pixels, but the appearance of the lenses and the size of the housing on the leaked images has divided Apple watchers.

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16 months ago
I don’t normally care what the back looks like.

However, that is hideous!
Score: 108 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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16 months ago
Looks like a tumor on a mobile device...

Especially if they continue with the design mistake of the camera sticking out like many phones now have.
Just wish they made the phone a bit thicker to hide the camera more inside.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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16 months ago
This is incredibly ugly, I wonder how they run something like this past Jony Ive.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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16 months ago
If this ends up like the above renders, then Apple will have absolutely lost their design-edge.

Seriously, give it a bigger battery by making it a tad thicker to make the camera flush with the rest of it, because this is poor design otherwise.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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16 months ago
What the hell is that?!
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16 months ago
I don't know. I mean, a better camera is nice, but the extra bulk is starting to add up. Plus at least the mockups looks quite bad, especially the white version.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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