Apple’s next iPhones may feature THREE rear-facing lenses

Apple’s next-generation iPhones could feature THREE rear-facing lenses and a host of other new camera features

  • A top Apple analyst predicts 2019 iPhones will have several new camera features
  • Among them will be major megapixel upgrades and a new ultra wide angle lens
  • The phones likely won’t be announced until later this year at a fall media event

The next generation of iPhones will likely emphasize a slew of new camera features to entice current and future customers, according to one of the top Apple analysts.

Ming-Chi Kuo, who has correctly predicted Apple’s past moves, told clients that the iPhone purveyor is likely exploring a number of new camera-centric hardware features for its three upcoming handsets.

As reported in 9to5Mac, those changes include upgrading front-facing cameras from seven to 12 megapixels as well as adopting a dual-camera setup in the future generation of the iPhone’s more affordable XR model.

The next generation of iPhones will likely emphasize a slew of new camera features to entice current and future customers, according to one of the top Apple analysts 

More notably, Kuo’s recent predictions also seem to confirm a report that originated from Bloomberg in January that said Apple was planning to include a triple lens,  ultra-wide rear-facing camera system in each of its 5.8 inch and 6.5 inch models. 

A set of three separate wide angle lenses would mirror those used in the Samsung Galaxy S10, which allow the phone to capture a much wider area in its camera compared to other smartphones. 

According to Kuo, Apple’s version may go a little bit farther than the Galaxy, offering users 123-degree field-of-view compared to Samsung’s 77-degree view.

The lens would likely be manufactured by Sony, he added.  

To counter the aesthetic effects of the phone’s camera bulge — cameras tend to protrude from the back of the phone slightly — the new phones may also be encased in a black layer to help them blend more seamlessly with the phone’s design.

The camera encasement would be tinted to match the phone’s display glass to help ensure that it’s camouflaged, according to 9to5Mac. 

While previous rumors mentioned that the new models may do away with the somewhat controversial lighting port for charging, Kuo said that Apple will likely retain that feature.

Previously, speculation swirled around Apple potentially swapping out its lightning port for a USB-C port. 

While previous rumors mentioned that the new models may do away with the somewhat controversial lighting port for charging, Kuo said that Apple will likely retain that feature 

One additional feature that Kuo says will likely be included is so-called reverse-charging.

This feature would essentially allow users to re-purpose their phone as a charger to power up another compatible device just by touching the backs of each. 

Apple users will have to wait several months to see for sure what the new wave of iPhones has in store as the company likely won’t announce its product lineup until fall of this year at its September media event. 

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs XS Max

 

Screen Size:

Display Type:

Processor:

Water Resistance:

Battery Life:

Fast Charge: 

Wireless Charge:

3D Touch Display:

Dual Cameras:

Optical Zoom: 

FaceID:

Weight:

Software: 

Price: 

Colours:  

iPhone XR 

6.1-inch 

LCD

A12 Bionic

IP67

Up to 15 hours

Yes 

Yes

No

No

No 

Yes

194g (6.84 oz)

iOS 12 

$749 (£749)

Yellow, White, Coral, Black, Blue, and Product Red 

 iPhone XS

5.8-inch 

OLED

A12 Bionic

IP68

Up to 12 hours

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual 12MP Lens

Yes. 2x 

Yes

177g (6.24oz)

iOS 12 

$999 (£999)

Gold, Space Grey, Silver 

 iPhone XS Max

6.5-inch 

OLED

A12 Bionic

IP68

Up to 13 hours

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual 12MP Lens

Yes. 2x 

Yes

208g (7.34 oz)

iOS 12 

$1099 (£1099)

Gold, Space Grey, Silver 

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