Apple’s next iPhones will be a little different than we expected, according to the latest rumors

The iPhone XS, left, and the iPhone XS Max.

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The iPhone XS, left, and the iPhone XS Max.
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  • Apple may bring a triple-lens camera system to two new iPhones in 2019 instead of just one, according to Macotakara.
  • Previous reports have said that only one new iPhone, the successor to the iPhone XS Max, would get this feature.
  • Apple’s next-generation iPhone XS might have a 6.1-inch screen, Macotakara said, while earlier reports said it could have the same-size 5.8-inch display that the current model has.
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Apple’s rumored triple-lens camera system may debut on two next-generation iPhones instead of just one model, as previous reports have indicated, according to the Japanese blog Macotakara.

The report also said that Apple’s successor to the iPhone XS might have a slightly larger screen than initially expected.

The report, which was first discovered by 9to5Mac, said a rear-mounted camera with three lenses will appear on both a 6.1-inch OLED iPhone model and a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone model. OLED is the screen technology Apple uses for its iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that generally produces deeper blacks and better contrast than LCD display panels, which is the technology used for the lower-priced iPhone XR’s display.

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That notion that Apple could outfit two of its new iPhones with triple cameras differs slightly from what we’ve heard in the past. The Wall Street Journal reported in January that only the successor to Apple’s iPhone XS Max, which has a 6.5-inch screen, will get the triple-camera upgrade. A Bloomberg report from January made similar claims, saying that “the larger of the new high-end iPhones” would have a triple camera. That report also said this system could eventually come to other iPhone models as well.

Macotakara reported that the new iPhones will be slimmer to accommodate a larger bump on the back of the device that would house the triple-camera system.

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The 6.1-inch screen size for a new OLED iPhone also does not line up with previous reports from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for TF International Securities with a reputation for making accurate predictions about upcoming Apple products. In February, Kuo said that Apple’s next-generation iPhones would be direct follow-ups to those in the current lineup, predicting that a new 5.8-inch OLED model, a new 6.5-inch OLED model, and a new 6.1-inch LCD model would be coming this year. If Macotakara’s report is correct, it could mean that Apple’s successor to the iPhone XS will have a 6.1-inch screen instead of the 5.8-inch display Kuo previously predicted.

Macotakara has a mixed track record when it comes to the accuracy of its reporting. It correctly reported in 2016, for example, that Apple would debut new iPad Pro models with improved screens in 2017, but its claim that a 7.9-inch iPad Pro would also come during that year proved false. Apple did, however, release a refreshed iPad mini that supports Apple Pencil input in March 2019. But the outlet was right when it said Apple was planning to nix the iPhone’s headphone jack and correctly reported the iPhone 7’s Jet Black color option.

Other than a new triple-lens camera, Apple’s 2019 iPhones are expected to come with support for bilateral wireless charging, an improved version of Face ID, and a frosted-glass design.