2019 iPhone's Triple-Lens Rear Camera Design Allegedly Showing in New Renderings

Serial phone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has partnered with Indian tech site Digit to release some new renderings claimed to be of the next-generation iPhone, presumably scheduled to launch around September of this year.

2019 iphone triple camera rendering
The distinguishing feature of the renderings is the rear camera, which is a large, unusual-looking patch housing three lenses in a triangular configuration, a flash, and a microphone.

Given the extremely odd appearance, we'd ordinarily dismiss such renderings out of hand unless additional evidence surfaced, but Hemmerstoffer has a long track record of sourcing information from the supply chains of Apple and other phone manufacturers. He does, however, acknowledge that this is a "freakingly early leak" and plans may change before the phone design is finalized.


At least one of this year's iPhone models is rumored to include a triple-lens rear camera, although early rumors are split on just what the third lens would be used for.

Some sources have indicated Apple is working on "time-of-flight" depth sensing for higher-quality augmented reality experiences, but reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is skeptical that the technology will make it into Apple's 2019 iPhones. A more traditional third camera lens could still be used for other purposes, however, such as for improving low-light performance or offering improved optical zoom capabilities.

Phone manufacturers have recently been racing to boost their camera lens counts to three, four, or even five in an arms race to make their devices stand out with unique features. Apple, however, has chosen to be selective in how it competes on rear camera specs, largely focusing on software and chip enhancements to improve photo quality while gradually moving to dual-lens rear cameras in its highest-end models.

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Top Rated Comments

zahuh Avatar
67 months ago
Dear lord that’s hideous.
Score: 80 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miflgr92 Avatar
67 months ago
I’d much rather Apple work on getting rid of the camera bump instead of adding another lens.
Score: 63 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ryanwarsaw Avatar
67 months ago
The cameras are already good enough just make the phone a better over all value. Increase the thickness of the phone slightly to get rid of the wobbly bump and improve battery capacity. Sell it for $150 less than this years.
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Soccertess Avatar
67 months ago
That is ugly.

I wonder if they would put the cameras in the middle...
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
67 months ago
Hopefully this isn't a final design. As George Carlin would say it suffers from an "appearance deficit."
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HiroThreading Avatar
67 months ago
For anyone that believes these renders: I've got some fantastic snake oil to sell you.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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