Apple will be introducing 3 new iPhones in 2019. The successor to iPhone XS and XS Max will ship with a 3 rear cameras while the successor to iPhone XR will have dual cameras. All the new iPhone models might ship without 3D touch. This information has been revealed in a new report by The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal is usually a reliable source of news when it comes to such reports. However, the report does not completely consist of new information. Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had shared some predictions last year regarding the inclusion of a triple camera lens system on iPhone and that the company will stick to the 3 iPhone models and screen sizes in 2019: 5.8 and 6.5-Inch OLED iPhones and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.
It’s not clear what Apple will use the third new camera lens for in 2019 iPhone XS and XS Max successor. Apple already has wide-angle and telescopic lens in their dual-camera lens in current iPhones. Observing current multi-camera implementations in Android smartphones shows that additional camera lens are sometimes used for monochrome capture, depth sensing or ultra-wide captures. It is important to note that Apple had announced the era of computational photography during the announcement of iPhone XS and iPhone XR, so it will be interesting to see how Apple ties the additional lens to their software and silicon, which will likely be the A13 chipset.
Another important news from the report is that Apple will be adding a dual-lens camera to iPhone XR. This would make the single camera portrait mode capture in iPhone XR a short-lived feature. A telescopic lens would be a welcome addition to iPhone XR.
The part of the report that we at VFTP do not like is that Apple might remove 3D touch from all iPhones in 2019 and replace it with Haptic touch. I am so used to 3D touch and its usage in third-party apps on iPhone that I would certainly hate for the feature to be removed for good.
Lastly, Apple might move all iPhones to OLED displays by 2020. This seems likely as the cost for producing the curved OLED displays that Apple uses in iPhone XS would have gone down. The technology would have also matured enough to allow for lower failure rates and higher output capacity.
We have yet to hear from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg news on this report. He has an excellent track record on Apple so we look forward to see whether he backs up WSJ’s report or not.