Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone with a triple-lens camera setup at the back, but won’t have it ready until 2019. The Taipei Times predicts that the company will launch the handset in the second half of next year.
The report doesn’t go into details about the 2019 iPhone series. Apple will presumably bless only its higher-end models with 3 cameras, so the module will likely be reserved for the third-gen iPhone X or second-gen iPhone X Plus.
An earlier report had claimed that there would be a 12MP shooter serving as the main camera. The setup might be blessed with a 6P lens design and 5x optical zoom. This would be a major improvement over the 2x optical zoom currently available on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
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Having 3 cameras around could make for better low-light photography as well. Whatever Apple decides, it won’t be the first to carry around triple sensors since Huawei’s P20 Pro has already beaten it to the punch. The device boasts of a 40MP + 20MP + 8MP system.
One advantage which Apple might have over its rivals is the presence of a 3D camera sensor. Bloomberg had previously claimed that the 2019 iPhone would get blessed with the tech to allow for enhanced depth perception and more advanced AR.
Apple is apparently going to use a time-of-flight technique to get things done, beaming out lasers and then calculating the time it takes for the signals to bounce back to draw a 3D map of the object being observed. More details will likely emerge as the months go by, so stay tuned.