Rumors Persist of Triple-Lens Camera in Square Bump on Higher-End 2019 iPhones

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The next iPhone XS Max and possibly iPhone XS will feature a triple-lens rear camera system within a square bump like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, citing information from Chinese suppliers. The report includes a few renders of what the new design could look like.

    Render via Mac Otakara

    The renders are largely consistent with earlier ones shared by OnLeaks, who also expects at least one 2019 iPhone to have a triple-lens rear camera. One difference is that the camera lenses are more symmetrically aligned in the renders above, whereas the lenses are asymmetrical in the OnLeaks render below.

    Render via OnLeaks/Digit

    The Wall Street Journal in January reported that the next iPhone XS Max will feature a triple-lens camera, with the next iPhone XS and iPhone XR featuring dual-lens rear cameras. However, Mac Otakara says there is a high probability of a triple-lens camera on both the next iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

    Mac Otakara's sources claim Apple is readying official iPhone cases with "large holes" on the back, presumably for the square bump.

    Many other sources have backed up the triple-lens camera rumor, including the well-connected Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman. Apple would be following in the footsteps of Android smartphone makers like Samsung and Huawei by adding a third lens, which should result in improved 3D sensing and other benefits.

    Apple is expected to stick with 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.5-inch displays for its 2019 iPhone lineup, with other rumored features including frosted glass casing, larger batteries, and bilateral charging of other devices like AirPods.

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  2. cgriffis753 macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2010
  3. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    IMO look ugly. But we will see if it comes true how it look in real life.
  4. Brett.F macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Manhattan, NY
  5. ArtOfWarfare, Mar 15, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019

    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Why don't we have a mockup yet where the backside is nothing but an Apple logo surrounded by bumped out cameras, flashes, and mics?
  6. seble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    It’ll still look ugly in the flesh. Wish apple would do a tapered design so there would be no bump and that it could sit flat!
  7. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    One nice thing, if they make it square and place it on the corner, I will be able to trim the battery case to fit. Unless they make it incompatible with software or move to USB-C.
  8. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Looking forward to more focal length options.

    Also...I wouldn't be shocked if Apple introduces their TrueDepth camera tech on the back.
  9. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    Enough of the "thinness wars;" can we just get a phone with a flat back again please?
  10. johnyslats macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2012
    Leeds, UK
    The report also suggests the triple camera system could only be offered on higher storage capacity models. If Apple can’t offer the new camera system on a £1099 64GB Max variant then quite frankly I’m done with Apple. Price gouging at it’s finest. 64GB has been more than sufficient as I’m heavily invested in iCloud/Apple Music and I’m sure many others feel the same
  11. Diamond Dog macrumors member

    Diamond Dog

    Apr 6, 2018
    I actually kinda wish they'd do what Samsung did with the S10 phones and do a horizontal arrangement centered in the middle. Tired of my iPhones always wobbling when I use them on flat services!
  12. barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    I don't understand why people think it's so ugly. It's no more or less so than most modern smartphones. One or two YouTubers don't like it and suddenly it's a thing.

    I just wish the bump would go away.
  13. Achillias Suspended


    Dec 1, 2011
  14. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    This would only be acceptable if it was at least flush...
  15. thasan macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
    Why can’t the phone be thicker in other places so that we get a decent battery?
  16. bokdol macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    this is the first I have seen of this thing. and I am not attracted to it. it looks like when the flip camera was all popular. if i can hold it like a flip and have a horizontal picture it might get my attention.
  17. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    All of the reviewers keep saying that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 from Google take the best photos. Both are single camera equipped but the special sauce is in the image processing.

    To me just adding more and more cameras to the phone is a brute force approach to try and create better photos when the smarter way is with engineering effort on the image processor and associated software.

    But I'm just going by the reviews, I own neither an iPhone X/XS or a Pixel.
  18. psac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2009
  19. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    Yo dawg, we heard you like cameras, so we put 4 cameras on your iphone so you can take 4 photos at the same time while using the camera.

    So the consumer, when looking to upgrade, is faced with a larger price tag, and a phone that’s a little faster with more cameras? Do these phone companies really believe that the majority of consumers are going to trade in or drop their current device for a more expensive phone with just a better camera? Pretty sure the results are in on this one. The smartphone market is saturated and the tech has peaked.
  20. Suttree Suspended


    Jul 21, 2018
    First the TrueDepth camera housing. Now this pyramid. Ugly. Just like the iPhone 4. Good design is sacrificing camera quality and having one FLAT camera housing. Good design is getting rid of TrueDepth. But Apple only cares about looks.
  21. Classie macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2018
    Apple will definitely make a 3-lens iPhone and they will definitely make it look way more designed and beautiful than these mockups.

    Personally I think the design, details and build of the iPhone X/XS is exceptional - it feels far more premium than any other competitor. The next iPhone won’t disappoint.
  22. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Given the cost of storage now. £1099 should be a 256GB model. Apple is acting like solid state storage prices are what they were five years ago.
  23. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Not the most attractive but what does it matter, no one stares at the back of their phone all day.
  24. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Speaking only for myself...I don't want a thicker phone. I suspect others might feel the same.
  25. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    Screw it, just make the whole back of the device a huge camera array so it's impossible to hold or put in a case.

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