The marquee feature on this year’s new iPhones, tentatively called the “iPhone 11,” could be a third rear camera.
The iPhone rumor comes from Japanese Apple fan blog Mac Otakara, which has in the past accurately leaked details on Apple products months before they’re announced.
According to Mac Otakara’s sources, this year’s iPhones might come with a triple camera system on the back embedded in a new square-shaped bump in the upper corner.
The camera system is said to be similar to the one on Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro, which consists of a regular wide lens, telephoto lens, an ultra wide-angle lens, and an LED flash.
Adding a third camera would level the playing field for the new iPhones, which will have to compete with Android phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10+ and Huawei’s upcoming P30 Pro, which both feature three cameras.
Interestingly enough, the report doesn’t say what kind of camera the third camera would be. Would it be an ultra wide-angle camera like on the S10/S10+ and Mate 20 Pro? Or would it be a third “depth camera” (also called a “ToF” camera — short for Time of Flight) to assist with portrait mode photos and augmented reality applications.
Apple’s current top-tier iPhones, the XS and XS Max, have two rear cameras (regular wide-angle and 2x telephoto).