Looks like we won’t have to wait that much longer for the iPhone with a triple-camera setup. At least that what a new report from The Korea Herald suggests, revealing Apple will include the triple-lens camera in the iPhone X Plus this year.
Right after the Huawei P20 Pro and the first-ever triple-lens camera debuted, speculation immediately began as to when Apple would adopt the feature. Early reports from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple was looking into adding a third camera sensor to the iPhone, but it wouldn’t happen until 2019. But according to the analyst Kim Dong-won, that date has been moved up to 2018 and will be included in the rumored bigger iPhone X Plus.
I’d take the report with a giant grain of salt. Apple is rarely one to rush features out of the gate just to have them in the iPhone, instead opting to perfect the feature before it’s released. It did so with features like Touch ID and Face ID, and they ended up being far better than anything else on the market.
At this point, it’s not really clear how much use can be had from adding a third camera sensor to a phone. Right now, aside from the main 12MP wide-angle lens in the iPhone X and 8 Plus, the second telephoto lens is mostly reserved for high quality 2x optical zoom. But beyond that, it’s functionality is limited.
It’s in Apple’s interest to wait another year before adding the third lens to either perfect the technology or at the very least find a good use for the third lens. In doing so, Apple risks competitors releasing their own version of a triple-lens camera system; Samsung is reportedly working on a triple-lens camera of its own to be included in the Galaxy S10.