In his latest investor note, Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be upgrading the camera on the 2019 iPhone 11 series to 12MP. The current iPhone XS and iPhone XR series sport a 7MP TrueDepth camera.
The jump in resolution should lead to an improvement in quality and sharpness. The higher resolution sensor should also allow Apple to offer 4K video recording from the front camera, though this is something that will also depend on how powerful the A13 chipset’s ISP is.
Additionally, Kuo says that Apple will be offering a triple-camera setup across its 2019 iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max variants. The primary wide-angle 12MP shooter and 2x telephoto sensor will be joined by a third new ultra-wide angle camera that is quickly becoming commonplace in smartphones released this year. The 2019 iPhone XR refresh will also switch to a dual-camera setup at the rear.
The ultra-wide angle camera sensor will be provided by Sony. It will feature 12MP resolution and 1um pixel size. Interestingly, that is a lower resolution than the 16MP ultra-wide angle sensor used by Samsung on the Galaxy S10 series and the 20MP shooter found on the P30 series.
To better hide the front 12MP camera and the ultra-wide angle camera, Apple will be using a special black lens coating to make them “inconspicuous.”
It is interesting to see Apple add the ultra-wide angle shooter to the iPhone XR as well. This will definitely make it an even more attractive device and help it better compete against 2019 Android flagships like the Galaxy S10 and the Huawei P30 series. It remains to be seen how wide the ultra-wide angle shooter on the iPhone 11 series turns out to be and how Apple handles the distortion and fish-eye issues at the edges. As of now, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series has the widest ultra-wide angle shooter followed by Huawei’s P30 series.