Citing reliable sources in the Chinese supply chain, Japanese blog Mac Otakara said today that the 2019 iPhone lineup includes a pair of new models outfitted with three rear cameras, one featuring a 6.1-inch OLED display and the other outfitted with a 6.5-inch OLED panel.

These new smartphones should be a bit thicker in order to accommodate a larger camera setup. Specifically, the 6.1-incher is said to have a 0.15mm thicker body than the current iPhone XS model and half a millimeter thinner camera protrusion on the back.

The 6.5-inch device should be 0.4mm thicker and have a 0.25mm thinner camera protrusion, resulting in an overall 0.2mm thickness increase over the current 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The report also calls for other enhancements such as bilateral wireless charging, a USB-C to Lightning cable and an 18-watt fast-charging USB-C power brick.

The story stands in contrast to prior reporting on the matter that called for a triple-lens setup on the lineup’s flagship model (a successor to the current 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max).

While the story would have you believe that a successor to the single-lens iPhone XR would gain three cameras, Mac Otakara states that triple-lens devices will be brand new models released alongside updates to the current iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Furthermore, according to smartphone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, the triple-camera setup won’t be exclusive to any one iPhone. He also wrote on Twitter that so-called “iPhone XI” and “iPhone XI Max” would rock a frosted glass back akin to Google’s Pixel smartphones.

If a recently leaked chassis (seen above) is anything to go by, triple-lens iPhones will most likely arrange the three rear cameras (along with LED flash and a microphone) in a triangular configuration, resulting in a square camera bump.

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Triple-lens iPhone rendering via serial smartphone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer