Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Feature 12MP Front Cameras, Special Black Coating to Hide Lenses, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    All three 2019 iPhones will feature 12-megapixel single-lens front cameras, up from 7-megapixels on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, according to the latest research note from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


    The note, obtained by MacRumors, adds that the next iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays respectively will also feature triple-lens rear cameras, including a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel super-wide-angle lens supplied by Sony:
    Kuo believes the next iPhone XR with a 6.1-inch LCD display will sport a dual-lens rear camera, as the WSJ previously reported, although he did not provide megapixels or any other camera specifications for that model. The rear camera on the current iPhone XR is a single 12-megapixel wide-angle lens.

    Kuo says the rear super-wide-angle lens and front camera lens on the next iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will adopt "black lens-coating technologies," which will make the lenses look "inconspicuous," as hinted at previously.

    The rumored triple-lens camera design for the next iPhones has proved quite controversial, but the special coating should help the far-right lens blend into the black bezels for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

    The triple-lens camera design was first leaked by OnLeaks:


    A chart from the research note:


    Kuo says the new iPhones will be introduced in the second half of 2019. This is no surprise, as Apple has unveiled new iPhones in September every year since 2012. Last year, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max became available to order on September 14, followed by the iPhone XR on October 19.

    Article Link: Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Feature 12MP Front Cameras, Special Black Coating to Hide Lenses, and More
  2. AyeKay15 macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2015
    Can they update to 20MP for the back camera please?
  3. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    They will look inconspicuous, other than being a large protruding square black hump on the back of the phone. Nobody will know what they are.
  4. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    Is that really the standout feature this year? If so boring news for us ugly folks.
  5. FFR Suspended


    Nov 4, 2007
  6. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    your iphone's so fat, yo mama changed jokes
  7. MrGunnyPT macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2017
    If cameras are the only major upgrade, I'm skipping it till 2020.
  8. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  9. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    Always pleased to see camera improvements on iPhone.

    (Maybe Apple could redirect the old FaceTime cameras to the iMac though.)
  10. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    That black lens coating will probably have quite the effect on the aperture/shutter speed. Wonder if this is a sign that they've been really working on low light images or if things are just gonna get worse. I'd be very surprised if it was the latter.
  11. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    Right! Love my $2000 Mac and it’s 10¢ camera
  12. Intellectua1 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    Pass, pass, pass! I'm not going for the small camera upgrades and the it's faster crap again, let me know when these phones can provide a new experience. Sure it's faster but I can guarantee you won't notice the difference.
  13. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    And how will this black coating affect photography in low light conditions??
  14. centauratlas macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2003
    From the rumors so far, it seems underwhelming, but the true test will be when it is announced to see exactly what it buys. Looking at all the rumors so far though, I am not seeing a compelling reason to upgrade. We'll see in August/September I guess.
  15. bLackjackj macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2016
    Boring. Seriously, the only thing that stands out is the flash.

    Looks like I’ll be sticking with my X for yet ANOTHER year!

    Innovation at Apple, is clearly dead.
  16. matc macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Ages back I once saw a patent where Apple was hiding the camera behind the display. THIS would be amazing - not because of the cosmetic improvements but simply because you would be able to look into each others eyes when doing FaceTime. That would be a game changer to remote human interaction.
  17. DanBig macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2011
    Please! Don't cut down the lenses ability to collect the light by putting a blacking coating on the cover glass. The light gathering aperture on these camera phones is already too low!

    I dare Apple to get better than 1.8 on their phones lenses and give us a real aperture (Iris) control.
  18. bgraham macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2015
    United Kingdom
    I just want a smaller notch.

    Improvements to the cameras are always nice, though. It will be a tough choice between a dual camera XR and triple camera XS. Hopefully the XR only has a wide angle camera, like the S10e and ignores the telephoto.
  19. CrazyForCashews macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2018
    iPhones are getting really boring. I'd like to see Apple catch up to Samsung in terms of features and innovation.
  20. Relentless Power, Apr 18, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    What kind of ‘new experience’ are you expecting? I mean, what was face ID? I think too many are quick to pass judgment on the triple lens camera and yet we don’t even know what its capabilities are as yet. I usually wait to fall to make any judgments, but I would say this year is slated to be a fairly big upgrade for the camera more than anything else. If Apple improves low light photography, I consider that to be fairly significant for me.
  21. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    This sounds good. So we're looking at: usual CPU/GPU performance boost, much larger batteries + reverse wireless charging, a much improved front facing camera, and the addition of an ultra-wide-angle lens to the back camera so far.

    I'm hoping iOS 13 brings some sort of night sight style mode to the camera app.
  22. ChrisMoBro macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2016
    I’ve rarely needed a lens that can capture a wider image. What I’d rather see, and I’m sure a lot of fellow iPhone users feel the same, are features that can handle low-light scenarios better than the current lenses. Quite often I have to fall back to the standard focal length because Portrait mode looks hideous when the lighting isn’t perfect.
  23. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    pshh let's see them attach a dslr to the back of one of these things, then we'll talk!
  24. Zandian macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2006
    “We forecast the camera upgrade will be one of the new 2H19 iPhone's major selling points.”

    Not hard to forecast when that’s the only significant difference from last year’s iPhone...

  25. bbednarz macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2017
    What innovative feature should they add?

    Smart phones have peaked, people. We've known this for a few years now.

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