3D printed '2019 iPhone' lineup compared to iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

in iPhone edited April 25
Supposed replicas of Apple's next-generation iPhone lineup are beginning to circulate in Asia ahead of an expected release this fall, offering an opportunity to compare the mockups' physical dimensions with existing models.

2019 iPhone Mockup

In a report on Thursday, Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara compares and contrasts a set of 3D printed "iPhone XI" mockups obtained from an Alibaba marketplace source with Apple's existing iPhone XR and XS models. Specifically, the samples depict 6.1- and 6.5-inch OLED-toting handsets rumored to arrive in September as refreshes to the iPhone XR and XS Max.

The dummies were created using supposedly leaked CAD files, though the origin of the data remains undisclosed. Earlier today, graphical mockups of a 5.8-inch OLED model, thought to replace the iPhone XS, hit the web and were based on "final CAD renders of the device."

Whether the two CAD leaks are related is unknown.

Mac Otakara notes the 6.1-inch version measures in at 143.9mm tall, 71.3mm wide and 7.9 mm thick, which is approximately 0.3mm taller, 0.4mm wider and 0.2mm thicker than the 5.8-inch iPhone XS. That extra space could allow for the inclusion of a larger 6.1-inch display, as claimed in the report, but Apple would likely need to slim down bezel size to make the screen fit. How the supposed change impacts screen ratio is unclear.

Compared to the current iPhone XR, which boasts a 6.1-inch LCD, the 6.1-inch mockup is 6.1mm shorter, 4.3mm more narrow and 0.4mm slimmer.

As for the 6.5-inch version, the mockup comes in at 157.6mm tall, 77.6mm wide and 8.1mm thick, roughly 0.1mm taller, 0.2mm wider and 0.4mm thinner than the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max.

Both mockups incorporate a large square camera "bump" that features three lenses in a triangular layout alongside a single TrueTone flash module.

The publication conducted a similar comparison of mockups from Alibaba last year, a test that yielded largely accurate results and foreshadowed what would become iPhone XR, XS and XS Max.

Apple is expected to refresh its iPhone lineup later this year with so-called "iPhone XI" models. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the smartphones will include camera improvements like a super-wide rear-facing lenser and an improved 12 megapixel front-facing camera. As for displays, Kuo believes Apple to carry over OLED technology for the 5.8- and 6.5-inch versions, while others, namely Mac Otakara, predict a move to OLED for the 6.1-inch model.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    anomeanome Posts: 1,291member

    Seeing them side by side like that shows something I think I missed in earlier discussions of these renders. Why are the lenses so much bigger than the ones on the Xs? It's not just the ugly square lump, the individual lenses are much bigger than the ones on the earlier phone. Another reason not to take these renders seriously.

    Then again, I've said in the past that you shouldn't consider anything as concrete until Tim holds it up on stage.

  • Reply 2 of 6
    I'm praying this isn't it.  That camera bump is horrendous.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    irelandireland Posts: 17,645member
    How many sizes of new OLED iPhones this year? 2 or 3?
  • Reply 4 of 6
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 987member
    Not really sure why anyone in Asia would 3D print prototypes. 3D printing isn't accurate enough to test case fitment etc, if they had Apple drawings they could have just leaked those. Apple would be perfectly capable of 3D printing these themselves, in fact they could mill their own prototypes in-house; no need to go to Asia. Seems pretty fake to me.

  • Reply 5 of 6
    tokyojimutokyojimu Posts: 420member
     I hope this isn’t true. I was really hoping for something with the size/weight of my iPhone 6 to replace it. All current products are too large and/or too heavy. 
  • Reply 6 of 6
    anome said:

    Why are the lenses so much bigger than the ones on the Xs?

    Larger sensors require larger lenses. They may be upping the image quality considerably in this generation.
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