We may now understand why Apple is making a genuinely shocking design change with the iPhone 11 and photography fans will be happy. But for many users, the result is an aesthetic nightmare and now new leaks reveal Apple’s controversial decision looks set in steel…
Increasingly influential insider site Slashleaks has attained iPhone 11 and 11 Max (aka iPhone XI and XI Max) official molds which it states are for the production of third-party cases. And yes, it’s not good news for purists.
The molds show both new iPhone models have a huge, protruding, camera module for the new triple lens array while the increasingly outdated large front notch is no smaller, despite Face ID 2.0 components widely understood to be launching in the range. With notch-free designs now popular and triple (and even quadruple) camera designs more subtly integrated by rivals. This is not a good look for 2019.
Should you remain sceptical and pray for a last minute Apple U-turn? I’d say not. Slashleaks is now co-owned by Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, who has arguably the most reliable track record of any industry insider. In short: his projects tend to be on the money.
Needless to say, reactions have been understandably hostile (1,2,3,4,5, etc) and it does seem baffling that a company of Apple’s design prowess cannot come up with something sleeker and more stylish. But Apple hasn’t wavered since this design first leaked in January and, unsurprisingly, Hemmerstoffer was again the source.
My one big hope: Apple is focusing its design inspiration elsewhere because the company appears ready to fold the iPhone in 2020.