Rumor has it that Apple is testing a triple camera system for iPhones in 2019, plus other improvements including 'dark mode.' Less expensive iPads and an updated iPhone XR are also said to be in development.
Here's Apple's Plans for 2019, 2020 iPhones and iPads — Triple camera for extra pixels, 3-D back camera for AR, new Face ID, iOS 13 Dark Mode, codenames, Live Photos revamp, new cheap iPad and iPad Mini, and many more details: https://t.co/vZ14mO7Uyq
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) January 30, 2019
Bloomberg was first with the goods today, wrapping up where all the 2019 product rumors are headed.
A third camera on the back of the 2019 iPhone will help the device capture a larger field of view and enable a wider range of zoom. It will also capture more pixels so Apple software could, for example, automatically repair a video or photo to fit in a subject that may have been accidentally cut off from the initial shot, according to the people familiar with the plans. The company is also planning an enhanced version of its Live Photos feature, which pins video from before and after each shot to the photo. The new version will double the length of the video from three seconds to six seconds.
The laser-powered 3-D camera could debut first on an upgrade to the iPad Pro currently planned for as early as spring 2020, according to one of the people. Apple isn't expected to release a major iPad Pro update this year like it did in 2018. It typically upgrades the line in the second half of the year. Apple in the past has launched major new features on the iPad before the iPhone, including 4G internet connectivity in 2012.
Apple is also 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, indicating that the company plans an eventual switch, according to one of the people. Moving to USB-C would make the new models compatible with chargers used for hundreds of other devices, like Android phones.
This year's iPhone models will include an upgraded Apple processor and use an updated Face ID sensor for unlocking the device and approving payments, the people said. The handsets will otherwise look similar to the current models with larger changes expected as early as 2020 to accommodate plans for 5G networking capabilities, Bloomberg News reported last year.
Beyond iPhones, Apple plans to release an updated version of its lower-cost iPad with a roughly 10-inch screen and a faster processor as early as this spring, according to people familiar with the plans. That device is expected to retain the Lightning port, according to one of the people. The company is also readying a new, cheaper iPad mini, its smallest tablet that hasn't been updated since 2015, the people said.
Apple's next operating system update, iOS 13, will include a dark mode option for easier nighttime viewing and improvements to CarPlay, the company's in-vehicle software. There will also be iPad-specific upgrades like a new home screen, the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a web browser, and improvements to file management. The company will also integrate two new services, including a magazine subscription service and its original video content efforts, via iOS updates this year.
— Felix Lapalme (@lap_felix) January 30, 2019
huge huge scoop from @markgurman There are a ton of details here
– 3D Cameras!
– USB-C iPhones!
– New iPads!
– Dark Mode!https://t.co/gCuR7QjhAr
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) January 30, 2019
2019 iPhone info from @markgurman
– Third Ultra-Wide Angle Lens (Max)
– Better Zoom (3-5X)
– More Pixels
– Enhanced Live Photo (6 seconds)
– USB-C (some prototypes)
– Updated Face ID
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) January 30, 2019
Looks like Apple is rolling out its rebuilt Maps in additional areas. Got a notification in LA (!). Was previously Northern California only. Anyone getting the notification in other areas?
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) January 31, 2019
Been waiting years for the AR camera to ship. Gimme. https://t.co/NeqLjh1CRb
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) January 30, 2019