2019 iPhones to Feature 12MP Front Cameras, ‘Black Lens-Coating Technologies,’ More: Kuo

An improved camera system will be a major selling point for Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup, says an Apple insider.

A new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities (via MacRumors) indicates the 2019 iPhones will feature drastically improved camera systems.

Kuo, who has made accurate predictions about Apple products in the past, recently wrote in a note to clients that a triple camera system with a new super-wide lens is expected to arrive on Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors:

We forecast the camera upgrade will be one of the new 2H19 iPhone’s major selling points. Critical spec upgrades are as follows. (1) Rear cameras of 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD will likely upgrade to triple-camera and dual-camera, respectively. A super-wide camera will be newly adopted by the triple-camera system, which is equipped with the 12MP/1um CIS provided exclusively by Sony. (2) The front camera of all three new iPhone models will likely upgrade to 12MP CIS+5P lens (vs. current 7MP CIS+4P lens).

Kuo says that Apple is planning to adopt “black lens-coating technologies” for both the front camera and the rear super-wide-angle lens, making them look “inconspicuous,” and perhaps improving the overall look of the triple-lens camera design. What this exactly entails remains to be seen.

The Cupertino company’s new 6.1-inch iPhone XR sequel, on the other hand,  will reportedly have two cameras. Presumably, the smartphone will follow in the footsteps of this year’s iPhone XS series by incorporating a telephoto camera.

A chart from the research note:

Other than an improved camera system, Apple’s new iPhones are expected to have to reverse wireless charging and a new design.