Don't like the camera modules on current iPhone models? It could have been worse

Remember when the first renderings of the iPhone 11 family were released last year? The square camera modules on the rear glass panels were not well received. But the renderings didn't do the mod and the cameras justice and while some disagree, the final version of the camera mod on phones is way better than you might expect from the renderings. And while you still don't like how the triple cameras look on the 2019 models, there's some evidence that things could have been a lot worse!

Apple 11 family rear camera module could have been a lot worse

Patent applications filed by the company with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, also known as the USPTO (via AppleInsider), reveal alternative designs for the camera module. Some of these designs may leave you shaking your head. And although the patent number 20200221002 titled "Portable electronic device" does not mention the iPhone once in the text, the illustrations used with the applications show the back of a phone which closely resembles one of the two models. iPhone 11 Pro. This would seem to eliminate the possibility that the camera designs were created for a future iPhone module.

Some of the illustrations show the same square design that was eventually used by Apple but with cameras arranged differently inside the module. Other setups show a circular module housing the rear cameras and one has a rather odd shape which, if you're an iPhone 11 phone owner, is glad Apple didn't use it. However, in the patent, the tech giant writes "that any shape of surface along the transition edge can be implemented as a design choice as long as it does not affect the function and functionality of the modules. camera, strobe module and microphone module transported in part by the raised part. "We cannot speak for all iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max user, but it seems that Apple did The good choice.

The same square camera module is expected for the next iPhone 12 series. "Pro" units must be equipped with a wide, ultra-wide and telephoto camera with 3x zoom. These phones are said to have a LiDAR depth sensor. First used by Apple on updated (read 2020) versions of iPad Pro tablets, the LiDAR sensor uses time-of-flight technology to provide a more accurate depth reading for AR capabilities and enhanced bokeh blurs in photos. of portraits. There is some controversy over whether the LiDAR sensor will be found on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Plus handsets. Leaked CAD designs suggest that only the camera module on the iPhone 12 Pro Max will include the depth sensor; However, other analysts note that CAD designs were made for enclosure manufacturers who just need to know where to place a cutout for the module and what size it needs to be. As a result, the consensus is that the four new handsets will come with the depth sensor.

The patent cited in this article was filed on September 27, 2019, exactly one week after the 2019 iPhone models were unveiled. This year's models will include support for 5G connectivity for the first time and have been redesigned. Gone are the curved sides used since the iPhone 6 line of 2014 and making an amazing comeback are the flat sides first used in 2010 iphone 4. Apple stayed on the flat sides of the iPhone 4s (the first model to come with Siri), iPhone 5and iPhone 5s.

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