In something of a superhero double up, Concept Creator (arguably the sector’s finest render artist) has worked with the leaked iPhone 11 designs from impeccable industry insider Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks. The result (titled “Introduction [to the] Official Design”) is the best look you will get of the iPhone 11 before Tim Cook holds it up on stage.
What are the highlights? Apple’s complete redesign of the rear cameras is what stands out. Whether the new specifications justify the monstrous new camera bulge remains to be seen, but Apple has fallen behind its rivals in the photography stakes, so this substance-over-style approach could pay off if the leap in quality is big enough.
Concept Creator has also highlighted Apple’s change to the iPhone 11 mute switch. This year it will drop the popular horizon mechanism used since the iPhone’s inception, to the polarising vertical slider used on iPads which has a much smaller area for your finger to push. I can understand Apple unifying its design language, but I’d have moved iPads to the iPhone switch, not the other way round.
Elsewhere, Apple will retain the design language of the iPhone X and iPhone XS for a third generation. While Concept Creator is true to Apple’s tactic of hiding the notch with wallpaper, it remains clearly visible and will be roughly the same size as previous generations. This despite rivals moving towards notch-less, bezel-less designs.
Internally, we know Apple does have a few tricks up its sleeve. These include reverse wireless charging (great for AirPods wireless case owners), and the all-new Apple A13 chipset, which has now entered mass production. It is also worth noting, Apple’s new iPhones will be slightly thicker which could mean bigger batteries, something which will hopefully stop a repeat of the current iPhone XS and XR battery scandal.
Yes, even in Concept Creator’s hands, the iPhone 11 still looks a long way off Apple’s best iPhone designs (hello iPhone 4), but a second transition year may just be worth it given the company’s plans to step things up next year.