It’s no secret that Apple’s iPhone 11 design has made jaws drop and not in a good way. Yes, there’s solid tech behind the ugly new bulge but only now is the true potential of the design taking shape.
Digging through the less-than-flattering supply chain leaks (including iPhone 11 parts, schematic drawings and chassis molds) is graphic designer Hasan Kaymak and he has managed to recreate Apple’s iconic attention to detail to show how the iPhone 11 actually has quite an arresting design.
The most obvious point of reference is the previously hideous square camera bulge which, following leaked refinements illustrated by Kaymak, now positively distinguishes the iPhone 11 from other vertically aligned triple camera handsets. And the cameras themselves look to be worth the shape change.
Yes, there’s still a notch in the iPhone 11’s display when most other phone makers have already moved on to bezel-less or punch-hole designs. But the curvature of the glass, finish of the chassis and application of Apple’s familiar colour finishes go a long way to easing fan fears about a phone which otherwise looks horrible in plans.
Interestingly, Kaymak has also made the effort to mock-up the new dark mode built into iOS 13 and this looks likely to be the default setting for many owners. After all, not only does dark mode save battery life, it makes the iPhone 11 look a lot sleeker.
No, the iPhone 11 is still not going to go down as one of Apple’s great designs and yes, it is falling behind some of the more innovative phones launching right now but it isn’t a complete trainwreck. Moreover, it should buy Apple enough time before the company’s real fireworks start in 2020 with a new look iPhone and the increasingly likely return a crowd favourite feature.
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