Apple's future iPhones & iPads just got detailed: triple-cameras, iOS 13 and 3D sensors

Apple's future iPhones & iPads just got detailed: triple-cameras, iOS 13 and 3D sensors
An alleged iPhone XI prototype design

The 2019 iPhone series is still eight months away but this month already we have seen multiple leaks which have revealed two potential designs and quite a few camera details. Today, Bloomberg has published a new report which corroborates some of these leaks and also describes a number of other things.

The iPhone XI Max will include a third camera on the rear


Like The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg believes the iPhone XI Max, which is codenamed ‘D43,’ will arrive complete with a new triple-camera setup on the rear. Much like the current-gen iPhone XS Max, this layout will include a primary sensor accompanied by a telephoto alternative. The extra third camera, on the other hand, will be capable of capturing a larger field of view and should also enable a wider range of zoom.

According to people familiar with the plans, this third sensor will allow Apple’s software to automatically repair video and photos if a subject has accidentally been left out by using the data captured with the third sensor.

Despite the benefits that this new camera will bring, it’ll only be present on the larger model, according to the report. Buyers of the regular iPhone XI – codenamed D42 – will, instead, have to make do with a dual-camera setup similar to the one found on the iPhone X and iPhone XS. This same setup should also be present on the iPhone XR’s successor.


One thing that should be available on all 2019 devices, and presumably all iPhones that receive iOS 13, is an improved version of Live Photos which doubles the length of the video to 6 seconds. This will be accompanied by an upgraded processor and allegedly updated Face ID sensors.

Apple is also said to be testing USB-C connectors on its 2019 iPhone lineup, as previously rumored. However, the switch still isn’t set in stone so there’s a chance the Lightning connector will make a return.

iOS 13 with Dark Mode and new iPad-specific features


As mentioned above, Apple’s 2019 iPhones will arrive accompanied by the final release of iOS 13. The next version of the popular operating system will first be unveiled at Apple’s annual WWDC event in June. The Cupertino-based giant is yet to confirm what features it’ll bring but according to Bloomberg, Dark Mode will be on board.

There will also reportedly be a number of iPad-specific updates which will include a revamped home screen that’ll better take advantage of the screen real estate. Improvements to file management and CarPlay are also expected, as is the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a web browser. Lastly, it’s claimed that Apple’s magazine subscription service and video streaming platform will arrive via software updates later this year.

iPad Mini 5 and 10-inch iPad (2019) to arrive soon


Prior to releasing a new set of iPhones later this year and launching iOS 13, Apple is also expected to unveil an updated version of its entry-level iPad. And corroborating previous reports, Bloomberg claims this could arrive in early Spring with a slightly larger 10-inch panel, which would suggest smaller bezels.

Today’s report also points towards a 5th-gen iPad Mini, the first update to the lineup since September 2015 when the iPad Mini 4 was first announced.

Apple will focus heavily on 3D cameras in 2020


Within today’s report, no further details about Apple’s 2019 lineup were provided. However, there was quite a bit of info regarding Apple’s plans for its 2020 iPhone series, more specifically its 3D camera plans.

According to the report, next year the company’s iPhones will include a new 3D camera on the rear that can scan anything that is up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) away from the device – Apple’s Face ID system can scan objects found within 25 and 50 centimeters.

The new system will reportedly use laser scanners and should significantly enhance the iPhone’s AR features. After all, the new camera will be capable of accurately measuring depth if implemented. Apple’s popular Portrait Mode could also see vast improvements thanks to the sensor’s 3D-scanning capabilities.

Initially, the report claims that Apple’s plan was to include such sensors on the rear of its current-gen lineup. Due to unknown reasons, though, the Cupertino giant chose to delay the feature.

Currently, it's claimed that the company is in talks with Sony about testing new sensors and there's a possibility that they may first be included on the 2020 iPad Pro models, which should arrive during the first half of the year.

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25 Comments

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

3d camera is the real deal here. I've always thought 3d camera would naturally be the next step for digital imaging technology. Im glad Apple is going to popularize this. Once again apple is ahead of the curve and Android OEMS are going to go crazy trying to catch up. Imagine being able to take a picture of an object and manipulate its 3d model later. soon you will be able playing with the 3d models of the shoes/clothings/people when you shop or surf pro online.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

LG had a phone a few years ago with a 3D camera and display (no glasses etc required). It died off with the 3D TV's which I also had (glasses required). Being able to manipulate pictures would be pretty cool though.

9. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

lyndon, LG, HTC (more recently, Red Hydrogen) 3D cameras only manipulate the light to give a faux 3D effect of the image captured. Think nintendo 3ds, 3D holusion art, 3d TV, 3d cinema, etc..There is no depth information being captured. if i am not wrong, apple's technology is far more advanced that it captures the depth information similar to their face scanning front-facing camera.

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Actually both HTC and LG captured depth infomation using two cameras similar to how human eyes capture depth

18. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Thats not true. Htc and lg use stereoscopic cameras to capture at two different angles and mix them through computation to create a faux 3d effect. Apple projects invisble light onto the object and measure the distance between light and the camera sensor to create 3d model of object, very different technology. Only latter allows the camera to capture the 3d model for manipulation.

13. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

it is also worth mentioning the next camera race won't be megapixels. it will be about the duration of time-of-flight and the distance which 3d camera can capture.

24. wickedwilly

Posts: 694; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

How is Apple ahead of the curve? This is a rumour and not happened yet. Even if Apple had announced it, how long, if ever will it take to come to fruition? I site the Air Power as an example.

36. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Sony already did that.

5. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 144; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Adding dark mode would be nice, but bot enough for the os. Please give us split screen for phones, multiple accounts, screen savers and many features already on android.

8. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Leaks", "rumors." Apple is now doing the android marketing game.

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

To be honest as an iPhone fan, I don’t see anything on that list to be excited about - Maybe the dark mode but not because I need it - but because it’s something different to iOS UI. But all I want since inception is ability to turn off the damn battery notifications (some android phones are guilty too): the pesky “your phone is suffesiently charged, the low power mode is turned off” or “your phone at 20%” and AGAIN “... at 10a%”. I don’t care about these notifications - it’s so annoying and unnecessary. Give me a notification at 2% when it’s time to plug it in - not while I got some sniper in my crosshairs on PUPG. Apple - turn that crap off - no one cares!!!! Thubs up if you agree.

16. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2203; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

These 2019 iPads could be a steal if it has the A11 procesor and work with 2018 Apple Pencil.

21. mootu

Posts: 1519; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

So Bloomberg has collected all the Apple rumours from around the net, lumped them into an article and called it a "report" to make it official sounding.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Well, it’s been more than 4-5y since we pretty much have every possible function inside our smartphones, I guess the camera is the only thing to be excited about (if you care about it). I imagine Apple working more on the services side, its own ecosystem and expansion in IoT (Samsung appears to be doing the same).

28. wickedwilly

Posts: 694; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

In the case of iPhones it has not been 4-5 years since it had every possible function. The X was just over a year ago and that added many functions other phones have had for years. However, as at today it certainly harder to bring truly new features to phones, whether they are iPhones or Android phones.

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There's nothing X can do that 7 couldn't and there's hardly anything 7 could that 5s couldn't (I'm talking about tasks).

25. Farcaster

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Most likely Huawei will make the iPhone XI before Apple does.

27. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

thats nothing new. Huawei will always copy designs from the big players.

26. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Looks like its another year with my iphone X. By the way, am i the only one that wants some changes/innovations with OS instead of throwing random gimmicks with hardware? Both Android and iOS could use something new, or maybe a proper 3rd player.

29. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Android is always evolving though. I mean, my current iPhone home screen looks and functions basically the same way as my original iPhone did back in 2007. Really, all Apple has done is make it harder to use by adding features that a lot of people don't really want -- especially in the Photos and Music apps.

32. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

sorry but i disagree- android and iOS are slowly meeting in the middle. Changing things in the OS for the sake of change is not innovation. Neither OS has really done anything truly beneficial/innovative for a long time.

33. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Look at Android from 2009 and 2019. Not even close to being the same. Now look at iOS. Still looks and acts like it did 10+ years ago. That was my point.

34. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i agree with you there. from a design perspective Android has done far more.

30. mr.joosue

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

I'm just happy that they're finally updating the iPad Mini

35. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

So, essentially months behind several other manufacturers that are doing the same thing. Good apple fan boys are just too blind and dumb to realize they get hosed every year.

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