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

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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Oppo Introduces 10x Optical Zoom Triple-Camera Smartphone

Android smartphone manufacturer Oppo has introduced a 10x optical zoom camera system that is said to be shipping in the spring. Engadget describes the system:

This will still be enabled by a triple-camera module, but now we know that from top to bottom, it’ll start with a 48-megapixel high-resolution main camera, followed by a 120-degree ultra-wide camera and a stealthy periscopic telephoto camera. Together, these cameras cover a range of 16mm to 160mm, hence the 10x zoom rating.



Both the main camera and zoom camera come with optical image stabilization, and the phone interpolates between fixed zoom settings to provide continuous “optical” zoom from 1x to 10x.

Oppo allowed hands on time with prototypes of the device with early software. GMSArena and PCWorld provide some sample zoom shots from ultra-wide to 10x zoom.

10x optical zoom

10x zoom sample shot via PCWorld


Apple has been widely rumored to be including a triple camera system in their 2019 iPhones. The mosts recent rumor from Ming Chi Kuo indicates that the new iPhones will have a “wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens”. Apple describes the current iPhone XS as having “Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras”.

Beyond the presence of the three cameras, the exact advantages to Apple’s new system has not been fully articulated. The most concrete features described of the new camera system came from Bloomberg:

A third camera on the back of the 2019 iPhone will help the device capture a larger field of view and enable a wider range of zoom. It will also capture more pixels so Apple software could, for example, automatically repair a video or photo to fit in a subject that may have been accidentally cut off from the initial shot, according to the people familiar with the plans.

Apple’s next generation 2019 iPhones are expected to launch this fall.

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Intel’s 5G Chips Won’t Appear in Mobile Phones Until 2020

Reuters reports that Intel has confirmed that it does not expect their 5G chips to be in consumer products until 2020.

Intel Corp executives said on Friday its 5G modem chips will not appear in mobile phones until 2020, raising the possibility its biggest customer, Apple Inc, will be more than a year behind rivals in delivering a device that uses the faster networks.

Intel’s timeline is tied closely with Apple’s product plans due to Apple’s reliance on Intel chips for their iPhone modems. Previously a Qualcomm customer, Apple and Qualcomm have been at odds due to an ongoing legal battle between the two companies. In fact, Qualcomm has been reportedly unwilling to sell their chips to Apple because of the conflict.

Intel 5G Modem

That has left Apple reliant on Intel for their modem chips in the latest line of iPhones, though Apple has been exploring other vendors, and even working to develop their own chips. That plan, however, isn’t expected to produce results until 2021, at least.

Apple’s waiting until 2020 to deliver 5G iPhones doesn’t come as a surprise as previous rumors have said the same. This statement by Intel, however, does seem to confirm some of those previous rumors.

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16-Inch MacBook Pro, 6K Apple Display, AirPower, AirPods 2 and More Predicted for 2019 [Video]

Last night, we saw the release of a extensive research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who laid out his timeline for product releases from Apple in the coming year. MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera recaps Kuo’s predictions in this video which covers an extensive range of products including an all new 16″ MacBook Pro, 6K Apple Display and much more.



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Kuo is well regarded in the rumor community due to a very good track record at predicting Apple’s products. Kuo gathers intelligence from his contacts in Apple’s Asian supply chain, translating the information he gleans into research notes for clients.

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Kuo: 2019 iPhones Can Wirelessly Charge Other Devices, Feature Frosted Glass and Larger Batteries, and More

In a thorough research note outlining Apple’s plans for 2019, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo describes his outlook for the next iPhone lineup. According to Kuo, the 2019 iPhone lineup will mirror that of the current lineup, including 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models as well as a 6.1-inch LCD model.



As for changes to expect in 2019, Kuo says the iPhone XR successor may be upgraded to 4GB of RAM, while all models will include frosted glass casing, larger batteries, the ability to wirelessly charge other devices, and new technology for indoor positioning and navigation.

The new 5.8″ OLED may support DSDS, and the new 6.1″ LCD may be upgraded to 4GB. All of part of the new models’ main upgrades include Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless charging for charging other devices, upgraded Face ID (with a higher power flood illumination), larger batteries, and triple camera feature (wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens).

Kuo also says all three models will include Lightning connectors rather than USB-C and have the same notch area as current models, contradicting other rumors of smaller notches.

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Apple’s Lens Supplier Confident in Triple-Camera Adoption in Upcoming Smartphones

Digitimes reports that despite a sizable drop in fourth-quarter 2018 revenues and operating profits for lens-supplier Largan Precision, the company remains confident about “adoption of 3-lens or more modules for flagship smartphone models”.

Rendering of possible 3-camera system in future iPhone


As a result, Largan is continuing to expand their production capacity, despite this recent dip in revenue.

Largan has also become a lens module supplier for China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, and Korean giant Samsung Electronics. Among lens module makers, Largan stands a better chance of obtaining orders for 3-lens modules in 2019 due to competitiveness enabled by its economy of scale and technological capability.

Largan’s confidence remains steady since back in July despite warnings from Apple that global sales may stall in 2018.

“Generally speaking, the smartphone industry may have started to slow, but the demand for more camera lenses does not stop there,” Lin has told reporters after the company’s annual general meeting on June 12. “The same smartphone shipment quantity would require more camera lenses than in the past.”

Indeed, Apple is widely rumored to adopt a three lens system in their high end 2019 iPhones and beyond. A Triple-camera system could offer improved 3D-sensing, increased Zoom, better low-light photos and more.

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MacRumors Readers Hoping for USB-C Instead of Lightning in 2019 iPhones

This morning, we asked our readers on Twitter if they’d prefer to see USB-C ports or Lightning ports in the 2019 iPhone lineup, and the results so far are clear — MacRumors readers are ready to transition to USB-C.

With more than 15,000 responses across both platforms at the time this article was written, 74% of Twitter users have chosen USB-C over Lightning, as have 71% of Facebook users.



There have been some rumors suggesting Apple is at least considering transitioning to USB-C in the 2019 iPhone lineup, with USB-C prototypes supposedly floating around, but the most recent information from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple will continue to use Lightning for the 2019 iPhone lineup.



Given the mixed rumors, it’s looking like we may not be seeing a shift to USB-C in 2019, but it’s still possible, and the rumors are encouraging because it means we may see a transition away from Lightning in the near future. iPhones in 2020 or 2021 could feature USB-C, even if the 2019 iPhones don’t.

Many current iPhone users may be reluctant to shift from Lightning ports because they’ve spent years collecting Lightning-based accessories, but there are some benefits to be aware of. With USB-C, iPhones would charge faster than with the current 5W iPhone adapter and Lightning cable setup, and cables would be interchangeable with cables for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad lineup.

With USB-C support for the iPhone, a single cable could be used to charge all of the above listed devices, and existing power adapters for these devices would fast charge the iPhone, providing at least 50% power in 30 minutes and 80% power within an hour.



MacRumors readers on social networks have weighed in, but we also want to hear from those who are visiting the site. Our Twitter and Facebook polls are open for the rest of the day, so go vote! USB-C or Lightning?

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2019 iPhones Said to Keep Lightning Connector With Same Old 5W Charger and EarPods in Box

While it was recently reported that Apple has at least considered switching to USB-C on the iPhone, Japanese blog Mac Otakara believes that 2019 models will stick with the Lightning connector as a cost-saving measure.



Based on its conversations with various accessory manufacturers, the blog also predicts that 2019 iPhones will continue to be bundled with the same old 5W power adapter, forcing customers to spend extra if they want a faster charger like the 18W USB-C version that ships with the latest iPad Pro models.

Likewise, the blog predicts that 2019 iPhones will continue to ship with a Lightning to USB-A cable and Lightning-based EarPods.

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