Apple may jump on the triple camera bandwagon for the 2019 iPhone crop

Apple may jump on the triple camera bandwagon for the 2019 iPhone crop
Camera features and quality are now one of the main differentiators when it comes to modern phones, as otherwise they often mostly mimic specs and design from one another, and we aren't talking glass bodies or notches only.

Nothing is off-limits when it comes to perceived camera superiority, as Huawei just proved with its triple-lens wonder, the P20 Pro, which sports a 40MP snapper underneath two 12MP shooters. Monochrome, zoom, and a huge 1/1.7" kits combine for unparalleled experience, and, if history is any indication, other phone makers might follow suit with triple-camera setups of their own, serving similar purposes.

One of these manufactures may, surprisingly, be Apple, reports Taiwanese media today, citing unnamed industry sources. Surprisingly, since Apple is not usually one to jump headfirst in the latest fad before it is sure it will bring something actually useful to the table. It held out on OLED displays, wireless charging and dual cameras for years, but the benefits of mixing and matching the photography information collected by three sensors may have outweighed the hurdles involved in designing and fine-tuning such a kit.

The Taiwanese report is set from the point of view of camera component suppliers, of course, as Taiwan has plenty of those that would benefit if Apple starts ordering more modules en masse. The benefit that remains for us, however, is the hint that Apple may be in the planning stages of a triple-camera iPhone prototype set for unveiling in the fall of 2019. What's the point? Well, the sources cite possibilities for 6-axis image stabilization and 5x optical zoom, which would certainly make one raise both eyebrows if Apple takes the stage in September 2019 to announce such features, and could place the team from Cupertino ahead of the mobile photography pack again.

That's right, the report says that this year's iPhone crop is done and dusted, with the 6.1" LCD iPhone 9 taking the lead role in Foxconn's production schedule, so Apple may start toying around with grand ideas for the 2019 iPhones, and one of those seems to be a tri-camera handset.

source: Economic Daily (translated) via MacRumors

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43 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Wide angle for sure.

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

One for Wide angle One for Normal angle One for telephoto

7. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Normal angle i think monochrome sensor angle shot or RGBW sensor shot.

11. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

This would probably has something to do with true depth on the rear camera as well

35. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Apple copying Huawei, haha

2. torr310

Posts: 1680; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Really? Threesome? Aren't two of us the best? LOL

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Threesome with 2 boys over one girl or 2 girl over one boy good too for thrilling excitement.

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

So 3 cameras with the true depth camera on rear too and fingerprint scanner comeback in form of under display on both oled & lcd display with synaptic optical sensor on oled display and JDI pixel eyes tech increen fingerprint scanner on lcd one and all line notchless iphones if 2018 iphones line fail to generate sales like how 2017 iphone x model failed.Good upgrade indeed beside 2018 model iphones look flop to me already no real uprade except of a small notch n stable software ios12 over buggy ios11 & few new AR animoji new tricks.5G network in 2020 iphones model with a Intel modem chip and Apple AR headset.Next 2 year will be interesting than this year models.Those who are using iphone x better stick with it for another year it will be worh upgrade next year than this year models.No money waste too on a less upgrade 2018 iphones expensive models.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple held out of dual cameras for years?? As far as I remember, they were among the first to release a dual camera phone, with a proper implementation.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4276; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What is a proper implementation?

18. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 926; Member since: May 07, 2014

Proper implementation is when Apple does something. HTC Evo 3D was when? 2011 I guess.

23. shield

Posts: 853; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus 3D first Dual camera 2011.

27. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You mean they copied and came years later right!!!

13. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

I have a triple camera Huawei p20 pro and the quality of its pictures is so much better than from the iPhone X!

28. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why do you offend the P20? Everyone knows that iphone cameras are a bit crappy!

37. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

RIP Nokia.

42. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why RIP Nokia? Nokia people build the P20 camera you DUMMY!

36. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

the Iphone X camera is not really that great. It is about the same as the Note 8, which is worse than my Google/Huawei Nexust 6P. Huawei's camera is pretty amazing but we still have HTC U12 and Google Pixel 3 coming out later this year to see if Huawei will remain the camera king.

14. gamehead unregistered

All this money going to the camera. The part I care for the least.

16. rsiders

Posts: 1983; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

2019.

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

*2020 Remember that they'll always (at least) 2 years late

22. shield

Posts: 853; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Rly, next Apple copy, LoL Stupid Apple. BTW: Only LG with best Dual camera=Wide Angle others is s**t.

24. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Should also join the bandwagon of real skin colors, also blue sky. Ppl are not yellow , nor sky is purple..

25. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well hopefully Apple does a good job with their implementation. However, I can't seem to understand it - everyone is jumping on adding two then three next four cameras to their devices yet Google's Pixel still take far exceptional photos with one camera then Samsung, Apple, LG etc.. Go figure.

26. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

apple heading the same way as p20 pro

33. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple and Samsung going to appalment same triple camera for sure if iPhone comes with 12MP, telephoto and monochrome then galaxy and note going to come with the same tripe camera.

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