Another Leak Points Towards Controversial Square Camera Bump on All Three 2019 iPhones

Just four months ahead of September, when Apple typically unveils new iPhones, leaks and rumors are starting to surface fast and frequently.

Render of 2019 iPhone with triple-lens rear camera via OnLeaks

The latest comes courtesy of Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who tweeted a photo of alleged case molds for a trio of upcoming iPhones over the weekend. If accurate, the molds suggest that all three 2019 models will feature a large square camera bump, as seen in many leaks to date.

‌iPhone‌ molds like these are typically created based on design specifications and dimensions that leak out of the factories of Apple manufacturing partners such as Foxconn, allowing third-party accessory makers to prepare properly-fitting cases ahead of time, but they are not always accurate.

The rumored design of the camera bump has proven quite controversial since it was first leaked by OnLeaks in January, with many criticizing the look of both the bump itself and the positioning of the camera lenses within the bump.

It is unclear why Apple would use the square bump for the next iPhone XR if rumors about it having a dual-lens rear camera are accurate, as the existing pill-shaped bump used on the ‌iPhone‌ X, iPhone XS, and ‌iPhone XS‌ Max would seem sufficient, but perhaps it is merely for consistency.

It's worth noting that the camera design might end up being not quite as polarizing as seen in renders, as rumors suggest that Apple plans to apply a special black coating on some of the lenses that could help them blend into the bezel.

Last week, Gurman said the third camera on the next ‌iPhone XS‌ and ‌iPhone XS‌ Max will be an ultra-wide-angle lens that enables a broader range of zoom. The second lens on the next ‌iPhone XR‌ is expected to enable increased zoom as well. The new cameras are also expected to power new augmented reality capabilities.

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9 months ago
It's starting to remind me of this:

Rating: 29 Votes
9 months ago
It's time to replace Jony Ive.
Rating: 25 Votes
9 months ago
Just give us an iPhone X mini.
Rating: 18 Votes
9 months ago
Not buying this POS design. Wow that's hideous. iPhone 6 camera is good enough for most idiots posting their narcissistic selfies to social media sites. Smartphone filters and simulations requiring sophisticated software and huge camera bumps are laughable to those of us who engage in real photography with real cameras. The best photography on Instagram isn't made with smartphones. The platform's entire raison d'être has been undermined with professional photo shoots using tens of thousands of dollars in real photographic equipment with a talented photographer behind the lens.
Rating: 16 Votes
9 months ago

It's time to replace Jony Ive.

Not buying this POS design. Wow that's hideous.

Same was said about the X camera module. It was mocked for looking like a traffic light , now it's a non issue.
Rating: 15 Votes
9 months ago
Makes no difference to me. I'm more concerned about camera performance and image quality. And I've yet to be let down with the iPhones I've used.
Rating: 14 Votes
9 months ago
its really not all that bad looking. i would hope for a more refined look when it actually appears but if it means better cameras, im ok with it.
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago
Such silly "controversy." People said the same thing about the original camera bump, then about the dual-cam setup, and despite all the protestations about how Apple was doomed and it was time to sell their stock, consumers still bought it. Now people are complaining about something that, frankly, they never really look at and never will.

When you buy an iPhone you almost certainly also buy a case, and the case makes the whole camera set flush with the case, so you don't notice it. In fact, no one really cares, day to day, about the positioning of the multiple cameras. If you don't want the cameras, don't buy the phone. If you don't use instagram but see value in the rest of the package, then buy what works for you. Getting agitated over something so silly is ridiculous.
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago
Granted this 3D rendered image above is just a guess based an an imaginary future iPhone, it's as if everything is trying to hide behind something else in withering shame: black background, black phone, black camera bump--- like every aspect of the phone is humiliated by that giant camera lump.
But do not fear the ugliness of the 2019! Just wait until you see the 2020 next year. We haven't see nuthin yet in the Mr Ugly dept.

Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
Hey Apple: Fewer camera bumps, more camera AI ala Google.
Rating: 7 Votes

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