By Mike Wuerthele
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 12:03 p.m. Pacific Time (3:03 p.m. Eastern Time)
A pair of images of an "iPhone XI" mannequin for manufacturing purposes to show the precise dimensions of the iPhone 2019 line, including a square camera extrusion.
The images appear to be 3D prints or milled units of a CAD file. The discussion of the dummies suspects that they are "blank spaces" of iPhone that match the dimensions of a future iPhone, which is used to design cases of third party protection.
Little can be deduced from the blank spaces that have not yet been rumored. The penetration of the camera is square, with three areas where a camera lens would be located. A fourth smaller cut in the extrusion of the camera suggests where the flash can end in the final unit.
The second image shows that Apple may be planning to keep the notch. The notch shows four sensor penetrations and one hole for the speaker.
The origin of the images is not clear. In fact, they can be mannequins of the latest specifications, in the same way that the precise mannequins in the box were available for the iPhone X and iPhone XS families at the end of April or 2017 and 2018, respectively. In particular, the names of the products were not precise. However, they can also be pure speculations based on previous rumors.
Previous predictions about the iPhone 2019 line speculate that the back chambers of the expected 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED and 6.1-inch 2019 LCD will likely be upgraded to triple and dual camera, respectively . More specifically, the super wide camera provided by Sony will be added to the model. A new black coating will be used to make the camera "discrete", but currently it is not known what exactly that means.
Ming-Chi Kuo has also speculated that the iPhone 2019 line will have a lightning-type connector instead of adopting USB-C, as the iPad Pro range has done. The iPhones are also expected to keep Apple's TrueDepth camera and a notch of associated screen. All or part of the alignment is programmed to obtain UWB (ultra wide band) for positioning and navigation indoors, a frosted glass housing and larger batteries. An interesting addition is the so-called "bilateral" wireless charging, which would allow the phone to charge other devices wirelessly, acting as a loading platform or a kind.
TrueDepth can be upgraded with a higher power flood illuminator for better Face ID recognition, while a new 6.1-inch LCD model could be upgraded to incorporate 4GB or RAM, compared to the current 3GB on the iPhone XR.
Saturday's Slashleaks publication originated on the Weibo social networking site.