Apple Rumoured To Launch Triple-Camera OLED Models And A Smaller-Sized iPhone XE
There’s never a dull moment at Apple headquarters. Off the back of the release of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, they’re already looking ahead to the future and what they can do that is bigger, better and more outrageous than before.
Fresh rumours surrounding the tech giant have grown increasingly fervent with regard to the company’s successors to the XS, XS Ma and XR. Reports published by Japanese Apple blog Macotakara seem to suggest that there will be two new models that boast 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays. The new models are said to be slightly thicker than their predecessors, but by a barely-noticeable fraction of a millimetre.
But what really has people excited is the prospect of Apple introducing three cameras on the rear. In terms of the reverse triple-camera system, not much is known but the most likely suggestion is that it’s all down to offering users a wide range of zoom and a larger field of view.
Initially, it was thought that the devices may incorporate a depth-sensing 3D camera, but Bloomberg suggests that this has been pushed back and will debut on an iPad Pro model set to release next year. This will see the company really shift their focus towards augmented reality, with the longer-range 3D camera designed “to scan the environment to create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world,” as per Bloomberg.
The tech publication adds: “It will work up to about 15 feet from the device…That’s in contrast with the current iPhone 3D camera system, which points toward users and operates at distances of 25 to 50 centimetres to power Apple’s Face ID facial-recognition feature.”
The upgrade will also see the phone kitted out with a third, more advanced camera, enhanced photo-capture tools and a more powerful chip.
Although multiple rumours have suggested that this year’s iPhones will see Apple launch their first triple rear camera, speculation has been inconclusive surrounding which phone in the lineup will feature the upgrade. Both The Wall Street Journal and Ming-Chi Kuo (who for those who don’t know, is practically the oracle of Apple releases) have suggests that the new camera would be exclusive to the successor of the iPhone XS Max once again sporting a 6.5-inch OLED.
As well as this development, it’s also rumoured that Apple is testing some versions of this year’s iPhone line that includes a USB-C connector instead of the Lightning port that has been used on iPhones since 2012.
Many have seen this to be an indication that the company will eventually make a switch to USB-C charging, making new models compatible with chargers used for hundreds of other devices such as Android phones. So, should you be caught on 1% and surrounded only by Android users, you there will be no need to start hyperventilating.
And along with talks of two triple camera OLED iPhones, there are also rumours suggesting that Apple will launch a smaller, cheaper entry-level device named the iPhone XE.
The 4.8-inch iPhone would seemingly replace the 5.42 XR as the smallest device from the line. A source “closely associated with Foxconn’s manufacturing facility in India” stated the XE will carry over the bezel-less design from the line alongside its A12 Bionic chip, and 12 MP rear camera from the XS/XR.
Based on render and concepts that have been circulated online, it’s believed the phone will have a more rounded SE chassis and a bezel-less front glass. None of this has been confirmed however, and the concept proofs are all merely based on rumours circulating about the smaller iPhone.
While still unconfirmed, news that Apple may be looking to design a smaller phone is certainly welcome information for those who dislike the catcher-mitt style devices. With phones appearing to get larger and larger, busting jean pockets and requiring their own handbag, any smaller device would be welcome.