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

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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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johnyslats

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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
 

bokdol

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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.
 
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Quu

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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.
 

magicschoolbus

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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.
 

Suttree

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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.
 

Classie

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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.
 

velocityg4

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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
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.
 
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