'Dummy' models of the next iPhone are out in the wild — here's what Apple's iPhone 11 will likely look like

YouTube/Dave LeeTwo machine-milled iPhone 11 dummy models, courtesy of the YouTuber Dave Lee.
  • Apple’s next iPhone, presumably called the iPhone 11, is expected to launch in September.
  • As we’ve seen in previous years, Apple fans and interested parties have created iPhone 11 dummy models based on descriptions from case manufacturers using rumoured dimensions from the latest iPhone leaks and reports.
  • Assuming these dummy models are accurate – and they often are, since they’re based on months of reports and rumours that point to the same general design – it will be a bummer if Apple plays it safe by using the same basic iPhone design for the third year in a row.
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As always, Apple has a new iPhone coming in September. And thanks to the cottage industry of iPhone-dummy-model-making and YouTubers who are happy to showcase these dummy designs in front of their massive audiences, we now have a pretty good idea of what the next iPhone will look like and feel like in person.

These dummy models, mind you, are based on months of reporting from various news outlets, as well as rumoured device dimensions. It’s only mid-July, but the design of Apple’s next iPhone has likely been set for months now. Case manufacturers trying to get a jump on things often use the summer to start mass-producing accessories based on the rumoured device dimensions in time for a September launch.

If you haven’t seen the rumoured design of the next iPhone yet, here’s what to expect from Apple later this year.


Several prominent tech YouTubers, including Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD), Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, and Dave Lee, have gotten their hands on the iPhone 11 dummy models.

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These dummy models come from China, though Brownlee was the only one who cited his source: His devices came courtesy of Sonny Dickson, a prolific product leaker in Australia who has been leaking photos of iPhone cases and dummy models for years now.

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According to everyone with the dummy models, it looks as if Apple is once again preparing three new iPhones this year: the successors to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

YouTube/Dave Lee

Hopefully Apple drops the confusing Roman-numeral-and-letter name combination for its iPhones — lots of people still don’t know how to pronounce XR and XS, though Apple insists it’s “ten R” and “ten S” — and calls these phones the iPhone 11, 11R, and 11 Max.

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By most accounts, the design of the iPhone will look like last year’s phone, which looked like the prior year’s phone. People may criticise Apple for essentially milking three products out of a single design.

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The biggest and most obvious change, of course, is the rear camera system. By all accounts, Apple is incorporating a three-lens system, adding a super-wide lens for the first time. How it will use this new hardware to create novel software experiences is yet to be seen.

YouTube/Unbox Therapy

When you compare the iPhone 11 dummy models with the iPhone XS, it looks as if Apple is simply adding a super-wide camera to the existing infrastructure, which consists of a regular wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens for zooming.

YouTube/Unbox Therapy

Hilsenteger had a separate custom-made version of the iPhone 11 based on a set of dimensions and rumours he believes are more accurate. That phone’s design looks somewhat different from the other dummy models.

YouTube/Unbox Therapy

The rear camera system on Hilsenteger’s model looks as if it’s actually more across the back of the phone and designed to be more seamless. The other iPhone 11 dummies appear to have a big black rear camera module, regardless of the rest of the phone’s colour.

YouTube/Unbox Therapy

The Apple blogger Benjamin Mayo said he thinks Hilsenteger’s dummy phone lines up with past rumours and leaks and is in fact the real design of the iPhone 11. Of course, nothing is official until Apple reveals the design, likely in September.

YouTube/Unbox Therapy

Source: Twitter


The design of this phone is based on rumours and schematics from Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, one of the most prolific smartphone leakers working today.

Twitter/OnLeaks

Hilsenteger’s iPhone 11 dummy looks almost identical to a rendering from Hemmerstoffer published in January, based on rumours and leaked schematics.

Twitter/OnLeaks

When you compare Hilsenteger’s iPhone 11 dummy with the other models floating around, you can see some other subtle differences. Aside from the rear camera system, it has a circular mute switch, a departure from the traylike switch.

YouTube/Unbox Therapy

While this new iPhone design may look slightly different from the past couple of years, here’s hoping Apple adopts a more original design for the phone, which might support the new 5G wireless standard.

YouTube/Unbox Therapy

If you want to see these iPhone 11 dummy models in action, I highly recommend watching these videos. Here’s Brownlee’s …


… and Lee’s …


… and Unbox Therapy’s. We’ll know for sure if any of these dummy models are accurate when Apple unveils its next iPhones in the fall.

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