Kuo: 2019 iPhones to boost your selfie game with a 12MP front sensor, special black coating to hide the new super-wide rear lens

According to the latest research note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPhone lineup for 2019 will significantly boost the resolution of your selfies by upgrading the front camera on all models from the current seven-megapixel shooter to a twelve-megapixel sensor.

Swapping the current sensor for a twelve-megapixel one would yield a seventy percent increase in pixel count, resulting in sharper, more detailed selfies.

Indian website CompareRaja reported in January that the next iPhones would feature a ten-megapixel front camera and a fourteen-megapixel rear setup.

Kuo is saying that successors to the 6.1-inch iPhone XR, 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max will include other camera-related improvements, like a three-lens setup on the back comprised of a telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens and a super-wide-angle lens. All three lenses will have a resolution of twelve megapixels and be supplied by Sony.

The iPhone XR successor will feature a dual-lens rear setup instead of the current single-lens twelve-megapixel shooter, but Kuo had nothing to say in terms of resolution.

Here’s an excerpt from the analysts’s note:

We forecast the camera upgrade will be one of the new 2019 iPhone’s major selling points. Critical specification upgrades are as follows.

(1) Rear cameras of 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD will likely upgrade to triple-camera and dual-camera, respectively. A super-wide camera will be newly adopted by the triple-camera system, which is equipped with the 12MP/1um CIS provided exclusively by Sony.

(2) The front camera of all three new iPhone models will likely upgrade to 12MP CIS+5P lens (vs. current 7MP CIS+4P lens).

The increased pixel count on the selfie camera of all three phones will be paired with a five-element lens instead of the current four-element lens, resulting in better optical quality.

In another curious tidbit, the noted analyst has predicted that Apple will use black lens-coating technologies on the new super-wide-angle rear camera and the improved selfie camera on the 2019 iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models to make the lenses look “inconspicuous,” but it’s not very clear what that might entail.

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