Hopefully, you overcame the disappointment of knowing that the phone that was in the hands of Foxconn CEO Terry Gou yesterday was not the Apple iPhone 11. But today is a new day with a new leak related to some models of Apple's iPhone 2019 . A member of Weibo posted a couple of images today (via SlashLeaks) that supposedly show templates that will be used to make third-party cases for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max.
Based on leaked schemes, the molds show the camera's square housing on the back of both models, where three cameras reside. There are speculations that the three snappers will include a 14MP primary camera, a 10MP camera with a telephoto lens and a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. A ToF sensor measures how long it takes for an infrared light to skip the subject and return to the phone. This data is used to provide accurate depth information and to allow Apple to offer a backside identification and more Augmented Reality (RA) features.
Underwater mode is expected to be a feature of the iPhone 2019 models
What we can not see in the mold is whether Apple has decided to offer the USB Type-C charging for the 2019 iPhones. Last month, Kuo said Apple would keep its proprietary Lightning port for at least another year. What we could find in the new models instead of a new loading port is something called Underwater Mode. Apple has patented this feature, which will allow the user to navigate the phone with their fingers and take photos even when holding the device under water. But the patent actually covered something very important related to Underwater Mode; Using an ambient light sensor to measure the amount of light underwater and circuits designed to measure the depth of the image sensor, an iPhone in underwater mode can automatically adjust the color balance of the pictures taken while the user and the phone is submerged. Without this capability, pictures taken under water may appear dark and gloomy.
Both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Max should be classified as IP68. This means that the pair is protected from dust and can be submerged to a depth of almost 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. We are not sure if Apple plans to upgrade the water protection for the iPhone XR sequence. The current model is rated IP67, which means it is also protected against dust, and can be submerged in water for just over 3 feet for up to half an hour.
The three new iPhone models should follow the tradition and be unveiled next September. Apple's recent deal with chip maker Qualcomm gives the company a supply of 5G chips for several years, but it's too late for Apple to offer an iPhone 5G for this year. Next year, we'll see a complete overhaul of Apple's smartphones. In addition to a new look, Apple should release at least one 5G handset and possibly a foldable iPhone as well. A patent published earlier this year shows technology invented by Apple to protect a foldable screen from getting cold and brittle. During the winter months, low temperatures could make a flexible screen more vulnerable to damage. Apple's solution is to heat parts of the monitor to keep it flexible when it's cold outside. Apple may be the last major phone manufacturer to offer a foldable model.
Mold supposedly made for Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max cases