WSJ reveals 2019 iPhone lineup details

WSJ reveals 2019 iPhone lineup details
Apple will release three new iPhones in 2019 to succeed the current iPhone XS Max, XS and XR, and the highest-end model will indeed have three cameras, while the other two will feature dual cameras, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal does not reveal much else, but we have already seen leaksters show an early concept image of what a triple-camera iPhone could look like. While this particular report does not give specific details about what the third camera can do, expectations and rumors point to it being an ultra-wide angle camera with a field of view similar to what you get with a GoPro. Quite a few phone makers already offer an ultra-wide angle camera on their phones: the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has one, the LG V40 too. However, image quality is not quite as good on those current ultra-wide angle phone cameras, and expectations are that Apple might be able to deliver a more refined experience with a better image quality.


Apple is also considering dropping the LCD screen of the XR in favor of an OLED screen. OLED displays typically have higher contrast and show livelier, more saturated colors. Currently, the iPhone XS and XS Max already have OLED screens, but the XR model has an LCD display.

Based on this latest report, here is a short summary of the three new 2019 iPhones (we'll refer to these as iPhone XI series):

  • iPhone XI Max: OLED screen, triple camera system
  • iPhone XI: OLED screen, dual camera
  • iPhone XR 2019: OLED screen, dual camera

iPhone XI Max with triple camera, render by Digit.in

iPhone XI Max with triple camera, render by Digit.in


It's important to clarify that at this point in the production timeline, Apple likely already cannot change major features for the 2019 models, but the phones are still not finalized by any means, so other changes are possible.

So... what do you think about this early picture of the 2019 iPhones? Are you disappointed that only the most expensive iPhone (presumably, the XI Max) will get a triple camera, while the others are likely to stick with a dual camera setup?

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26 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30508; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is gonna be another down year for Apple, let’s check back in 2020. I think the new iPhones will look pretty much exactly the same as well. They’ll be good phones no doubt, but boring as well. I hope iOS 13 is the full redesign that’s been rumored.

2. Joulukas

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

If they will build 3-camera design like that - Oh Steve will rise from the grave to fire Tim Cook! I think, this is one of the ugliest thing that has ever been created!

3. LEEDAQ

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

apple won't get rid of that stupid notch, they can't give up their face ID bahahah

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30508; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As tech advances, it tends to shrink. Eventually they'll be able to house FaceID in the border, and won't need a notch.

5. Tech-shake

Posts: 195; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I am getting a 2017 vibe from Apple this year. The big iPhone will get the new shiny camera, and the small models will just get their ports replaced by USB C and that’s it. Apple is definitely not doing what needs to be done imo

23. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They might include the fast charger and call it revolutionary and call it a new feature.

6. AronWunarso

Posts: 239; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

The camera design made the phone looks like it has tumor.

7. dmdzordilla

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

The iPhone XI should also have the triple cam since not all would prefer a bigger phone. Not all humans have big hands

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So ugly!

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Its an unofficial concept -_-

9. patroni0

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

so what would be the difference between XI and XR successor? build materials?

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2030; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

3 camera setup and A13 processor with another gig of RAM won’t get it done.

11. WilliamH

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

At this point in the world of smartphones, the only cutting edge tech I could see rectifying Apple as “innovator” in the industry would be some new battery tech that gives the phone a multi day battery life (not gonna happen next year)

12. almostdone

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Prices at best are going remain the same but are more likely to go up. They are adding more hardware that doesn't do anything. 3 cameras? Meh. Another bad year for Apple.

13. ryq24

Posts: 870; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It used to be Huawei copying iPhone now it's the other way around. Time they are a changing.

14. kabel

Posts: 145; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Man that render is fugly ... If that design finalizes ... Man ... Jony Ive on crack?

15. jacky899

Posts: 316; Member since: May 16, 2017

Apple needs much more than this to convince people to upgrade. With that said., i am excited for a high quality wide angle camera which I feel is a very practical feature. If they can bump the megapixels to 20 and further improve the camera sensor, it will be a significant and commendable upgrade.

16. foldablephone

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Oh no, 3 models it’s all too confusing again. Just make one iPhone in two sizes with the only difference the screen size. Make the XS the cheaper model after the launch and kill the XR.

17. monoke

Posts: 1100; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Not only the front is ugly with the notch, now they done and effed up the back too?!.. I'm praying for Apple fans...

20. Vogue1985

Posts: 283; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Why the hell is the Camera Huawei,it looks ugly on an Iphone. Level Up,A neat looking Diamond or Triangle or an Apple with the Camera would far nicer,matching the body of the phone.

21. KingSam

Posts: 1288; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

2019 XR is looking good. My 7 plus is still a champ. I forget apps in ram and never reload and it’s fast. Camera is good but meh. Low light is awful. My wishlist is for a night mode and OLED XR. Take my money Xs is small and Max is expensive. Not spending that much on any phone.

24. Gavii2000

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Same here. iphone 7 Plus. XR with oled and dual camera is the winner.

22. Rigmaster

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Just make the whole front screen a notch and the back a giant camera lens. No need for the phone part any more. Wow - what is going on in Fruitopia?

25. Damac71nina

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

How about no notch in display fingerprint,a slider like the old school phones that revealed the keyboard but in this case slide down to reveal the camera like these other Chinese manufacturers. Give me a pixel quality single camera and I’m good

26. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Will it play Diablo Immortal ? That's all I care about.

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