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