iPad Pro With Triple-Lens Camera System Appears in Alleged 'Final Design Mockup'

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We've heard rumors that Apple plans to release refreshed versions of the iPad Pro this fall, and a new alleged leak today is fueling speculation that a triple-camera system similar to the iPhone 11 Pro is coming to Apple's most advanced iPads.


Image via sonnydickson.com

The website of tech leaker and Apple blogger Sonny Dickson has posted an image of a "final design mockup" of Apple's upcoming iPad Pro, coming from a source that has apparently been "repeatedly reliable about previous iPad hardware." The photo clearly shows a triple-lens array housed in a square bump in the rear top-corner of the device.

Author of the post, J Glenn Künzler, notes that the camera bump lacks the glass surface covering found on Apple's latest Pro smartphones, which could indicate something unique about the iPad's version of the new camera hardware or "just a minor omission in a device intended to showcase the final physical form of the device remains to be seen."

Japanese site Mac Otakara has previously claimed that Apple will introduce a triple-lens camera in the 2019 iPad Pro. Mac Otakara's information was said to come from a source in the Chinese supply chain, with the source also citing October as a launch date.

Mac Otakara has a mixed record when it comes to Apple rumors, but Dickson has proven reliable at times in the past, and presumably he signs off on what gets posted on his blog.

Dickson had early line of sight on the AirPower's development challenges, and the wireless charging mat was eventually canceled. His sources also recently claimed the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro include hardware for bilateral charging that has been software-disabled, although we'll have to wait for device teardowns to corroborate that.

Taking out an iPad to shoot photos and video is sometimes frowned upon, and users who do so have often found themselves the butt of online jokes.

On the flip side, Künzler's argument for the inclusion of a triple-lens camera system on the iPad Pro is that Apple wants creative video professionals to be able to shoot and edit 4K quality video all from the one device, so they don't have to bring along extra hardware.

The existing iPad Pro models use a similar single-lens camera system to the 2018 iPhone XR, so adding a triple-lens camera would also bring them in line with Apple's latest iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Still, other rumors have suggested no significant updates will be included in the 2019 iPad Pro models, so it's worth taking this leak with a grain of salt, at least for now.

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BvizioN

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To me, it looks better than the triple camera design of the iPhone 11 Pro.
And yes, I have seen many people using iPad (or tablets in general) to take photos.
 

zachlegomaniac

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I’m pumped I pulled the trigger on the current 12.9” at $400.00 off when I grabbed one this past winter. I do use it in the field for work, but I typically default to my iPhone camera for photos. It’s been an awesome device.
 

Outrigger

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Because they don't know what else to upgrade in the next gen ipad pro. the 2018 ipad pro which i currently have is already powerful that it currently trumps the software that its running. There is so much headroom that the only thing they can improve on is the cameras, but come on, a triple camera system on an ipad pro. do people really think its practical to wield a 13" laptop shape device to take pictures? This is assuming that the above picture is even real.
 

69Mustang

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In between a rock and a hard place
I am not a fan of iPad photo and video (especially in public), but hey, freaks gone be freaks. ← calm down Francis, it's just a joke:D:p. People should do what they like and if it's big @$$ iPad photo and video, so be it. 'Cept when they infringe on others in public. I had a parent removed from a gymnastics competition who refused to stop blocking other's view with her iPad. I asked her to move to the back of the bleachers to film -like all the other people with iPads and semi-pro cameras with tripods and such. She refused. I even tried to point out that her iPhone actually had a better camera, but she said she could see her child's routine better using the iPad. True, but she was blocking the view of several people. So I had security escort her out until she decided it was probably better to use her phone and not block the view of the people sitting behind her. She no like me.
 

DoctorTech

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Do this many people take pictures with their iPad? Like really?
I have had an iPad since the first generation came out in 2010. I am currently on my 4th iPad (a 2016 iPad Pro) and while they all took good photos for their vintage of hardware, I RARELY ever took photos with them. Maybe 40 - 50 pictures total over the course of 9 years. I would call this rumor "plausible" but I would be surprised if it turns out to be true.