An iPhone with three cameras on the back is something Apple is currently working on, if a new Bloomberg report is to be believed. It could come as soon as this year.
Thus far, Apple has never gone beyond two rear cameras. But triple-camera systems are becoming more and more popular these days, giving users more flexibility when it comes to taking shots using their trusty smartphones.
Apple is set to join that bandwagon with the successor to the iPhone XS Max, the report says. Current top-of-the-line iPhones have two cameras, one being a portrait lens. The third sensor will capture a wider field of view.
Interestingly, this lens will also be capable of registering more pixels so Apple, through software, could, after a shot is taken, adjust it to fit in a subject that may have been accidentally cut off from the initial shot, the report states. What's more, the Live Photos feature will apparently be extended from three seconds to six seconds.
There will be three iPhones for 2019, and the report says their design will likely be similar to the current ones. Notably, Apple is allegedly testing "versions" of the 2019 iPhone lineup that has USB Type-C ports instead of the traditional Lightning connector.
It isn't clear if Apple is confirmed to be making the switch to USB-C once and for all, but the tests show it's considering it. The newest iPad Pro has a USB Type-C port, so the idea of USB-C iPhones isn't a stretch at all. The question is whether Apple is willing to let go of its proprietary Lightning port for good in exchange for a wider, more recognized standard. A great number of fans have been requesting for this for so long.
Other reported upgrades include faster processors and an "updated Face ID sensor," according to the report.
Beyond 2019, Apple is apparently developing a rear-facing, laser-powered 3D camera that is able to "scan the environment to create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world." It's not clear what this sensor could be used for, but speculation suggests it could help Apple innovate its augmented reality efforts even further. The Cupertino brand has been heavily promoting AR on the current iPhones, but it hasn't made much of a splash yet. Perhaps this 3D camera could change that.
Time, however, will tell. Make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts, feel free to sound off in the comments section below!