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Hands-On With Cases Designed for the 2019 iPhone Lineup


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Apr 12, 2001

Rumors about the iPhones coming in 2019 have been circulating since before the 2018 iPhones even launched, and at this point, we've heard quite a few details on what to expect.

For our most recent YouTube video, we got our hands on some cases created for the 2019 iPhones, with designs based on current rumors suggesting a triple-lens camera setup for the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max, and a dual-lens camera for the next-generation iPhone XR.

Cases for upcoming iPhones often appear months before the iPhones themselves, and that's because there's a lot of money to be made being the first company out with cases designed for newly released devices.

Many of the renderings and part leaks that we see for new iPhones, the 2019 iPhone lineup included, come from case makers who pay people in Apple's supply chain for design information in order to create early versions of cases. More often than not, these super early cases are spot on, but there have been some major misses in the past.

This year, Apple is said to be launching three iPhones: an iPhone XS successor, an iPhone XS Max successor, and an iPhone XR successor. These three phones will be available in the same sizes as current iPhones, 5.8 inches, 6.5 inches, and 6.1 inches, respectively.

The 5.8 and 6.5-inch models will continue to offer OLED displays and will be positioned as the higher-end iPhones in the lineup, while the 6.1-inch iPhone is expected to continue to offer an LCD display and a lower price tag.

As you can see in the 5.8 and 6.5-inch cases, the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max are rumored to include a triple-lens camera setup arranged in a triangular shape with an adjacent flash. This design requires a large square-shaped camera cutout for the cases, which looks quite obtrusive when seen in case form.

Apple's going to do what it can to minimize the look of the rear camera, which will still protrude, with rumors suggesting the rear panel will be made from a single pane of glass. This should make the camera bump blend in a bit better, so we can expect Apple's version to look better than renderings we've seen.

The triple-lens camera setup could include a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel super wide-angle lens with a wider field of view for landscape shots.

It's not really clear what capabilities Apple will add into a triple-lens camera, but at a minimum, we can expect a wider zoom range, better low light performance, more pixels captured, and a larger field of view. Given some of the highly touted camera features from Android phones, like the Night Sight mode on the recent Pixel devices, we can likely expect some similar features from Apple.

There could perhaps be a mode for significantly brightening up darker scenes, and Bloomberg has suggested Apple is working on a feature that will use extra pixel data to offer up tools for doing things like fitting in a subject that may have been cut off from an initial shot.

All of these cases have a large square camera cutout, but the successor to the iPhone XR isn't expected to have the same triple-lens camera setup. Instead, it's rumored to have a dual-lens camera, which is still an upgrade from the single-lens camera in the current iPhone XR.

In our testing, these cases fit the current iPhones perfectly with the exception of the new camera cutouts, as beyond camera tweaks, we're not expecting any major design changes. The 2019 iPhone lineup will look quite a lot like the 2018 iPhone lineup, but in addition to camera changes, Apple may also be planning a new frosted glass design for its OLED devices and new colors for the iPhone XR successor.

Rumors have suggested the new iPhones could be a tad bit thicker than the current models, but that's not noticeable with the cases and is such a small change that it may be imperceptible in real life. There are also some adjustments to button placement, so the buttons could be moved a bit.

There have been rumors that Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup will use a round iPad-style mute switch in a pill-shaped cutout instead of a traditional bar mute switch, which could account for some of the button differences.

Other rumors have indicated the 2019 iPhones will feature bilateral wireless charging (so you can charge your AirPods or other wireless devices), larger batteries, Lightning connectors, WiFi 6 for faster WiFi speeds, and an 18W power adapter for faster charging right out of the box.

What do you think of the design of the 2019 iPhones? Let us know in the comments.

(Thanks to Sonny Dickson for helping us get our hands on these cases!)

Article Link: Hands-On With Cases Designed for the 2019 iPhone Lineup
Looks like my X will last another year longer then
Yup. Great phone. No reason to upgrade. I'll probably even hold out for the 2021 iPhone.....

...but probably not
Phone cases are overrated. Go nude.
I would love to. But that fragile/slippery glass back make it much more difficult, especially with the size. I was firmly in the caseless camp for my 3g/4/5..... but the 6+ converted me to a case guy.
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macrumors 603
Apr 11, 2014
Like others are saying looks like my X is here to stay.

Not so much interested in shelling out top dollars unless it’s something totally new.

For example, full screen display with no notch, thinner, lighter, new functionality added like True Tone or wireless charging, and so on.

While a new camera is appreciated, if it’s the same form factor and looks pretty much the same I just don’t feel like upgrading given the current prices.

I want it to look new and have some new things.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 6, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
I always put my phone in an Apple or OtterBox case so the size of the camera bump will not impact my decision on whether or not to upgrade. I love my XS Max so I may hold onto it another year unless Apple gives me a good reason to upgrade. I take lots of photos while out riding gravel trails on my bike so a significantly upgraded camera might be enough to get me to upgrade but I am hoping there is more than that and a new processor.
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macrumors 603
Apr 11, 2014
Just judging from the forum, I also feel like Apple should consider a smaller iPhone like the SE. Seems like there is a demand for this. I don't know why it hasn't happened.

I an iPhone SE type device starting at $549 maybe? With all the premium features (true tone, wireless charging, edge to edge display minus the notch i guess, Apple pay, haptic feedback, and so on)


macrumors 68020
Jul 11, 2009
Every time I've seen a render of this phone, I think surely Apple wouldn't ever green-light that giant tumor. But everything we've seen suggests that this is exactly what Apple did. It's disappointing, as I need a new phone this year and I really hate this design.


Sep 21, 2012
In the middle of several books.
It’s kind of odd to go ‘hands-on’ with a clear case, especially for an iPhone it’s not even released yet, but I get what Macrumors is trying to do here.
In my opinion, the video was a waste of time to watch. Like you, I get MacRumors trying to highlight a rumor. However, if the highlighted rumor video doesn't come with anything that hasn't already been stated, I think putting the video together was a waste of time as well.


macrumors demi-god
Aug 28, 2015
The rear camera on my XS Max is fine. It’s the front facing camera that needs serious love. It’s horrible in low light.
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