We’re still a good time away from seeing Apple debut its 2019 iPhone lineup which is expected in September, but that doesn’t mean leaks and rumors won’t consistently make their way around the internet in the mean time.
A new report out of Japanese blog Macotakara (via 9to5Mac) suggests Apple will launch two new iPhones this year with three cameras on the back. However, it seems that these devices will be separate from the company’s refreshes for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, at least according to the report’s wording.
Macotakara says the new iPhones will be thicker than their similarly-sized counterparts. They’ll offer 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch OLED screens and offer thinner camera bumps over what’s on the iPhone XS and XS Max. These phones will also include reverse wireless charging and an 18W USB-C charging brick in the box. The devices will still charge over Lightning, however.
If this rules out to be true, Apple will have five phones in its 2019 lineup. There was a time when Apple would just release one phone and succeed. Then the company moved onto two to give customers more options. In 2017, Apple did three new iPhones for the first time, and while that might seem like a lot, at least you have different price ranges. Now, though, with five phones in its lineup, price points will undoubtedly get blurred as a result, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s enough reason to get one over the other besides the triple cameras.
It’s unclear how these new iPhones will slot into Apple’s existing lineup. Whether they’ll be more costly offerings and succeed the iPhone XS Max’s pricing or if they’ll sit somewhere in between the XR and XS is anyone’s guess. I’d like to point out that this report is early and the information may be confused with that of two upcoming upgrades to some of Apple’s phones from last year. Until we get more information, however, we’ll have to take this with a graint of salt.