Another day, another analyst, another report speculating about a future iPhone with three lenses.
A Korean newspaper reporting on an expected Samsung Galaxy S10 with three rear-facing cameras casually mentioned Apple’s first planned three-lens iPhone will be an iPhone X Plus that could launch as early as this year.
Previous reports by other analysts speculated a three-lens lineup would come with 2019 iPhones. However, The Korea Herald story published Friday, quoting KB Securities analyst Kim Dong-won, said Apple’s plans involve a “next generation” iPhone.
Kim said Samsung is trying to invigorate smartphone sales after overestimating demand on the Galaxy S9 lineup. His comments about S10 specs as well as an iPhone X Plus came into a note to investors Thursday.
Three lens or three separate cameras could have a number of advantages. A third lens could be used to improve the accuracy of 3D sensing. It could also increase optical zoom or telephoto reach. The current telephoto lens on Apple’s three two-lens handsets is 56 mm.
Huawei is first out of the gate with three lenses on the P20 Pro, released last month, though not for sale in the U.S. Writing about the P20 Pro, several tech journalists, including two from techradar, have raved about the three-lens camera performance.
As for speculation about Samsung and Apple, analysts have pointed to robust activity in the supply chain, especially component makers with orders for premium smartphones.
If three lenses don’t show up on an iPhone this year, don’t be surprised or disappointed. Its competitors often are first with a feature; Apple tends to wait until a new feature is better.