Apple's next iPad Pro could borrow the iPhone's triple-camera setup

Apple's next iPad Pro could borrow the iPhone's triple-camera setup
The 11-inch iPad Pro

Rumor has it Apple is gearing up to launch a new 10.2-inch iPad (2019) and updated iPad Pro models later this year. Details about these devices remain pretty scarce at the moment but a new report suggests Apple could be planning some very important camera upgrades.

The iPad (2019) could feature a dual-camera setup


According to Mac Otakara (translated) who cites a supplier within China, there’s a “possibility” the iPad (2019) model will ship with an all-new dual-camera setup on the rear which may be borrowed from the iPhone XR’s successor.

If true, it means the 10.2-inch iPad will feature a square-shaped module in the top-left corner that’ll house two cameras, a quad-LED flash, and a microphone. The primary sensor, which should be paired with optical image stabilization, will be similar to the one found on current-gen iPhones and therefore offer a 12-megapixel resolution. Unfortunately, though, the exact specifications are yet to be revealed.

Sitting directly below the main camera should be a second 12-megapixel sensor. In this case, however, it’s expected to be paired with a telephoto lens which supports 2x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. 

Nothing was revealed about the entry-level iPad in terms of camera features, but the presence of two sensors should enable portrait photography on the model. AR Content may also be displayed more correctly thanks to the extra data.

Apple's 2019 iPad Pro models might borrow the iPhone 11's cameras


Because Apple typically releases iPad Pro upgrades every 1.5 years and the latest versions were only introduced last October, the expectation was that next-gen models wouldn’t arrive until March 2020 at the earliest. But Mac Otakara suggests they’re actually on track for 2019.

Per today’s report, Apple is currently preparing two updated models that’ll be announced in October at a separate hardware event. Like the entry-level iPad, these are expected to benefit from a square-shaped camera module on the rear. This time around, though, three sensors are rumored rather than just two.

Like the iPhone 11/iPhone Pro duo, there will be primary and telephoto cameras accompanied by an all-new super-wide-angle alternative. This should offer a 12-megapixel resolution and a 120º field of view – the Galaxy Note 10 supports a slightly wider 123º field of view. Also, its implementation should give allow Apple to implement a new feature called ‘Smart Frame.’

According to a previous report, Smart Frame will capture extra image data outside of a pictures frame. The iPad will then store the data and allow cropping and other adjustments after a photo has been taken. In the hope of guarding the user’s privacy, the extra data will automatically be eliminated after a predetermined amount of time.

Like the 10.2-inch iPad, Apple’s next-gen iPad Pro models are expected to introduce support for Portrait photography. The performance of AR Content should be improved too.

iPad (2019) and iPad Pro (2019) announcement and release date


The iPad (2019) is expected to go official alongside the iPhone 11 series at Apple’s hardware event next month. The company is yet to send out invites but the expectation is that it’ll take place on Tuesday, September 10. Pre-orders for both the iPad and iPhones should kick off on Friday, September 13 with a release happening seven days later on Friday, September 20.

Regarding the 2019 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, Mac Otakara suggests they will be introduced at a separate event Apple will hold in late October as it did last year. The new iPad Pros may also be joined by a 16-inch MacBook Pro model and potentially some other Mac-related products.

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13 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I think it is useless rear camera on tablets. Front 1/2.3" 12MP would be much better. With 4K recording.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

If they're upgrading the rear cameras I'm sure the front one will be upgraded too. That's what's happening with the iPhones, after all.

2. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

As for me there’s nothing to upgrade with ipad’s camera. My iPhone can take amazing photos which is sync to all my apple products thru icloud. Even my reports in my Macbook Pro, I use my iPhone to take a shot. The power of ecosystem.

3. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Just don't forget to buy 2 more homepods and that display stand with your Apple credit card :)))

5. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

O yes I forgot the premium and long lasting stand for the best display on the planet. I won’t regret buying it compared to your 2 day old Samsung Fold and your newest Note 10 without headphone jack, sd card, 1080p, 3400mah and a year old chip.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 855 runs circles around your single tasking iPhone XS Max that only has 4 GB of RAM, and with its base storage of 64 GB. At least the Note 10 comes with 8 GB of ram, and its base storage is 256 GB. Plus it has a desktop mode with mouse support, a pen (stylus), and can do real multitasking with split screen multitasking, and it has 3 rear cameras with one of them as a wide angle camera. For a price of $950 USD. All of which is missing from every iPhone, including your iPhone XS Max at $1100. Sure you can get 256 GB of storage on your Max, but then that costs you $1250 USD. But your still missing everything else. Just looking at that, Apple is a rip off. There is no denying that fact.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

and that’s the reason why there’s an ipad for you to do apps side by side. Can your samsung open two browser or reminder or note at the same? No. My ipad can do that. My iphone Xs max is super buttery smooth even by switching apps on my multitasking. Your Android phone lags and freezes or crashes all the time. That’s why you need to restart your phone every now and then. Your apps are outdated, not optimized. Having an android is annoying. Big ram and yet its slower than iphone. High spec the gimmick of android as always. iPhone doesn’t need to compete that because apple is the best in software and hardware integration.

11. mackan84

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Will you two ever stop with this bull? You all here because you love tech so at least try to speak to each other. “What do you want from your next smartphone?” “What should the future bring?” You know these intelligent questions that actually stimulate a giving discussion...? Never mind, I just realized... You two, do what you do.

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1103; Member since: May 17, 2017

You don’t get humor, do you?

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Why not say, borrows Android like triple camera set up?

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Because the cameras will be borrowed directly from the iPhone 11...

12. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Lol. Remember Joshua, you ARE an Apple supremacist who hates Android and all that garb. ;)

13. TerryD

Posts: 544; Member since: May 09, 2017

Don't encourage tablet users to take more photos. The things shouldn't have cameras. Anyone taking a photo on a tablet just looks stupid.

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