Triple-Lens Rear Cameras Rumored for Next iPad Pro Range, Dual-Lens for New Entry-Level iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's next-generation iPad could gain a dual-lens rear camera while the next iPad Pro range could get a triple-lens array, according to a rumor out of China.


    Japanese blog Mac Otakara cited a Chinese supply source over the weekend claiming the fourth-generation 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro devices will get the same multi-sensor array widely rumored to be coming to Apple's next iPhone range this year.

    Meanwhile, Apple's rumored new version of its entry-level iPad - a device with a slightly bigger 10.2-inch screen than the existing 9.7-inch model - will inherit the dual lens setup currently seen in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

    The new iPads will launch in October, claims Mac Otakara's source, who also said that diagrams of related accessories are "floating around," but they declined to specify whether they are Apple accessories or third-party ones.

    Apple hasn't used dual-lens rear camera modules in any iPad, let alone triple-lens arrays, so bringing the multi-sensor systems to three new models in the same year would be a first for the company.

    In a February research note, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple plans to release two new iPad Pro models, a 10.2-inch iPad, and a refreshed iPad mini this year. A month later, Apple released an upgraded iPad mini in March alongside a new 10.5-inch iPad Air.

    Apple hasn't updated its third-generation iPad Pro lineup since October 2018 and its 9.7-inch entry-level iPad since March 2018, so we can reliably expect both to get some sort of refresh soon. Whether they will have the sort of multi-sensor cameras that are usually the preserve of smartphones is a different matter.

    Rumors suggest Apple's next-generation 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED iPhones will feature triple-lens rear cameras (with wide-angle, super wide-angle, and telephoto lenses), while the successor to the iPhone XR will feature a dual-lens camera with a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens.

    Article Link: Triple-Lens Rear Cameras Rumored for Next iPad Pro Range, Dual-Lens for New Entry-Level iPad
  2. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    The way things are going with the iPad & iPadOS, I might splash out on a new iPad Pro to replace my ageing MacBook Pro.
  3. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    Oh god, please no... Please make the rear camera pill-shaped so I can keep my Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2019 iPad Pro.
  4. johnyslats macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2012
    Leeds, UK
    If true, the iPad Pro's life cycle has been reduced significantly. Weren't we expecting these Spring 2020 at the earliest?
  5. Don1985 macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2017
  6. ruka.snow macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2017
    If it’s coming to the iPad then it’s gotta be some new push to get augmented reality moving.
  7. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    They would change the camera just to get people to buy new keyboards.
  8. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
    Well, there's another generation of Smart Cases lol!
  9. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
  10. dzankizakon macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2016
    I have the current iPad Pro 11" and the only complaint I have about the device is the camera bump. I couldn't care less about the quality of iPad's back camera. They could put 5 on the back and I'd still hate it for the bump.
  11. 007p macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2012
    Yes, but if this is the case the update is most likely minor as well. A new camera and A13X is hardly something that will get a lot of 2018 iPad Pro owners to upgrade. I know they won’t be the main target but still worth pointing out.

    I’m very happy if this the majority of the changes in this case as it means I’ll have no desire to upgrade :D
  12. halluxsinister macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2017
    And to make room for all these cameras that iPads don’t need because no one wants to look so goofy taking pictures with an IPAD, Apple plans to remove the headphone jack. Just watch.
  13. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I have the 12.9” 2018 iPad Pro and love it. I probably won’t be compelled by the next generation, but am thinking of just selling my current 1 to get max value and put it towards the new 1.
  14. Ploki macrumors 68040

    Jan 21, 2008
    why would you need such camera on a 12" iPad ?!
  15. eulslix, Aug 12, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019

    eulslix macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2016
    what headphone jack? it's already gone since 2018. haven't missed it a single day.

    EDIT: oh sorry, I guess you meant the entry model. nevermind then
  16. badatusernames macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2018
    Why would Apple place the dual cameras on the new entry level iPad?
  17. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I do wonder why it would be needed on the bigger 12.9 model i mean how often do we use the cameras on the iPad certainly the bigger one.
  18. Infinite Vortex macrumors regular

    Infinite Vortex

    Mar 6, 2015
    I wonder how many use the rear camera on the iPad at all. I'm on my 4th tablet now and I don't think I've taken a single photo with any of them. I would be happy to do away with the rear camera, and hence camera bump, all together for an improved front facing camera any day.
  19. ondert macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2017
    I think I’ll be glad selling my mbp and not buying the current iPad Pros and waiting for the next gen. No way I’ll buy those bending iPP.
  20. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    Yes, or maybe 3D scanning to help devs and people into 3D printing?
  21. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    If they can do all of that and keep the same 329$ price for the entry will sell big time again in the Holidays
  22. iPadified macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2017
    There are people without iPhones. Convenience: capture and use/edit on one device. An iPhone-airdrop-iPad flow is more cumbersome. For home use, even an iPad 12.9 is fine for taking images/videos.
  23. Ploki macrumors 68040

    Jan 21, 2008
    can't help to feel an external BT camera array would be so much more useful for that.
  24. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    I think Apple can take advange of the new ipadOS and mouse/cursor support and make their Smart keyboard also with trackpad..i think the implementation of the HP portfolio is a good practice

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