Rumor: Apple plans an iPhone with a triple lens camera system

Apple plans to introduce an iPhone this year that posts a triple-lens rear camera system that packs a 12-megapixel lens, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News — as noted by MacRumors. Purportedly, the smartphone camera will have a 6P lens design with 5x zoom.

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However, the Economic Daily News doesn’t say whether that pertains to optical, digital, or hybrid zoom. The single-lens iPhone 8 has up to 5x digital zoom, while the dual-lens iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have up to 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. As MacRumors notes, a three-lens rear camera would provide a lot of advantages, including greatly improved low-light performance. 

Chances the rumor is true, per the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 80%. After all Huawei’s P20 Pro smartphone (pictured) boasts a three-lens rear camera system, including a primary 40-megapixel f/1.8 lens, a 20-megapixel f/1.6 monochrome lens, and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. There’s no reason to think Apple is planning anything less.