Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Feature 12MP Front Cameras, Special Black Coating to Hide Lenses, and More

All three 2019 iPhones will feature 12-megapixel single-lens front cameras, up from 7-megapixels on the iPhone XS, ‌iPhone XS‌ Max, and iPhone XR, according to the latest research note from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


The note, obtained by MacRumors, adds that the next ‌iPhone XS‌ and ‌iPhone XS‌ Max models with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays respectively will also feature triple-lens rear cameras, including a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel super-wide-angle lens supplied by Sony:
We forecast the camera upgrade will be one of the new 2H19 iPhone's major selling points. Critical spec upgrades are as follows. (1) Rear cameras of 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD will likely upgrade to triple-camera and dual-camera, respectively. A super-wide camera will be newly adopted by the triple-camera system, which is equipped with the 12MP/1um CIS provided exclusively by Sony. (2) The front camera of all three new ‌iPhone‌ models will likely upgrade to 12MP CIS+5P lens (vs. current 7MP CIS+4P lens).
Kuo believes the next ‌iPhone XR‌ with a 6.1-inch LCD display will sport a dual-lens rear camera, as the WSJ previously reported, although he did not provide megapixels or any other camera specifications for that model. The rear camera on the current ‌iPhone XR‌ is a single 12-megapixel wide-angle lens.

Kuo says the rear super-wide-angle lens and front camera lens on the next ‌iPhone XS‌ and ‌iPhone XS‌ Max will adopt "black lens-coating technologies," which will make the lenses look "inconspicuous," as hinted at previously.

The rumored triple-lens camera design for the next iPhones has proved quite controversial, but the special coating should help the far-right lens blend into the black bezels for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

The triple-lens camera design was first leaked by OnLeaks:


A chart from the research note:


Kuo says the new iPhones will be introduced in the second half of 2019. This is no surprise, as Apple has unveiled new iPhones in September every year since 2012. Last year, the ‌iPhone XS‌ and ‌iPhone XS‌ Max became available to order on September 14, followed by the ‌iPhone XR‌ on October 19.

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8 months ago
They will look inconspicuous, other than being a large protruding square black hump on the back of the phone. Nobody will know what they are.
Rating: 48 Votes
8 months ago
If cameras are the only major upgrade, I'm skipping it till 2020.
Rating: 38 Votes
8 months ago
Wasn't last year a S year? I am expecting more.
Rating: 25 Votes
8 months ago
Is that really the standout feature this year? If so boring news for us ugly folks.
Rating: 24 Votes
8 months ago

Always pleased to see camera improvements on iPhone.

(Maybe Apple could redirect the old FaceTime cameras to the iMac though.)

Right! Love my $2000 Mac and it’s 10¢ camera
Rating: 24 Votes
8 months ago

Boring. Seriously, the only thing that stands out is the flash.

Looks like I’ll be sticking with my X for yet ANOTHER year!

Innovation at Apple, is clearly dead.

What innovative feature should they add?

Smart phones have peaked, people. We've known this for a few years now.
Rating: 17 Votes
8 months ago
Boring. Seriously, the only thing that stands out is the flash.

Looks like I’ll be sticking with my X for yet ANOTHER year!

Innovation at Apple, is clearly dead.
Rating: 13 Votes
8 months ago
Pass, pass, pass! I'm not going for the small camera upgrades and the it's faster crap again, let me know when these phones can provide a new experience. Sure it's faster but I can guarantee you won't notice the difference.
Rating: 11 Votes
8 months ago
Ages back I once saw a patent where Apple was hiding the camera behind the display. THIS would be amazing - not because of the cosmetic improvements but simply because you would be able to look into each others eyes when doing FaceTime. That would be a game changer to remote human interaction.
Rating: 11 Votes
8 months ago
iPhones are getting really boring. I'd like to see Apple catch up to Samsung in terms of features and innovation.
Rating: 10 Votes

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