Sources via Onleaks, renders of the back of a new iPhone, the iPhone Xi, have been published by Digit.in, who revealed the device would have a triple camera assembly in a square camera housing with three cameras aligned non-linearly.
It's as if they took the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's camera module and then shifted some sensors around so that it looks different.
The assembly will also include an LED flash and rear facing microphone.More news: Escape room fire kills five teenagers in Poland
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We're not sure what's the goal of the third camera, but earlier reports have suggested that Apple might introduce 3D cameras in 2019. It would have been fine until there, but Apple seems to have made a decision to put an LED flash on top of the third camera and a microphone below it.
Apple is said to have three new iPhones it'll launch this year, and it's unclear which one these renders show. "However, given the drastic change in the camera setup, this, most probably, is our closest look at the top of the line 2019 iPhone".
It is not the first time we have heard that the 2019 iPhones could have three cameras, since some previous reports stated that the company could add a third camera with 3D ToF technology in the 2019 iPhones. But it's worth noting that OnLeaks claimed these renders are from the early Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, so the design is still subject to change. With major brands like Apple exploring this area of 3D sensors, and Sony boosting its interest here, we won't be surprised to see plenty of 3D mapping hardware and software in 2019. Time-of-flight (ToF) technology is a new way to gather detailed 3D information of an object. But looks like the name of one of the iPhones (we assume there will be more than one iPhone this year too) launching this year has been revealed. The effect this will have on the 2019 iPhones remains to be seen.