iPhone 2019 rumors: More renders appear of a three-camera system for the iPhone

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 1/15/18: New reports of the 2019 iPhone with a horizontally-placed three-camera system.

Three-camera system

The current iPhone XS has a rear dual-camera setup. Could the 2019 iPhone use three cameras? That’s what was rumored last April. though there wasn’t much detail as to how the three-camera system would work.

A report by Digit features leaked renders acquired by Steve Hemmerstoffer. The renders show the three rear cameras on the 2019 iPhone in a large square camera bump.

Digit’s report says that the three 2019 iPhones (that they are calling the “iPhone XI”) will have three rear cameras, two that are in alignment with each other, and another that’s off to the side. Digit speculates that the offset camera could be a 3D camera, based on a Bloomberg report that said that Apple was interested in Sony’s production of next-generation 3D sensors.

iphone xi three camera Digit and Steve Hemmerstoffer

Leaked render of an iPhone with a rear three-camera system.

Steve Hemmerstoffer later released new renders of 2019 iPhone prototypes with a three-camera system. The renders, posted by CompareRaja, show the cameras centered in a horizontal orientation, instead of the vertical lineup in the corner.

iphone xi 2019 compareraja CompareRaja and Steve Hemmerstoffer
New leaked renders show a horizontal rear three-camera system and a smaller front notch.

CompareRaja says that both sets of renders are “100% legit prototypes” and “nothing is set in stone yet.”

Plausible? With the smartphone market becoming more competitive than ever (insert obligatory mention of Apple’s first quarter 2019 earning guidance readjustment and its iPhone sales slowdown here), the iPhone needs some fancy new features to spur sales. New camera features could help drive sales, but it’s hard to image that Apple would step away from its long-standing pill-shaped camera bump in the corner.