IPhone 11 will have triple camera, XR successor will have dual

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As the new year kicks off, we already have rumors swirling about the next round of iPhones to come from Apple.

In an ideal world, Apple probably wouldn't launch an entry-level device in 2019 but because the LCD iPhone has been in the product pipeline for so long, abandoning it at this stage would make even less sense, the sources suggested. This will be a major upgrade for the XR series and could spur older iPhone owners into trading in their older models for one with a dual-lens camera.

This isn't the first time we've heard rumours that the company plans to release a triple-camera iPhone.

Retailers like Suning and JD.com are slashing prices by up to $118 on the iPhone XR, according to Reuters and Yahoo Finance.

Apple is planning to release three new iPhones to succeed its 2018 lineup, indicating the iPhone XR - unlike the SE and 5C before it, isn't simply a one-off.

"We think 2019 could be the previous year the iPhone uses the iPhone X design architecture, in preparation for initial hardware specs for 5G (sub-6GHz) and AR (augmented reality), before greater architecture upgrades in 2020F for 5G and a more comprehensive AR system", she added.

Soon after the newspaper's report was published, expert concept render artist Ben Geskin posted mock-ups of the three handsets, based on 2018 iPhones.

Why it matters: Apple for years has influenced the direction of the smartphone industry. The high-end iPhone model will feature a triple-camera setup at the rear.

While sales of the iPhone XR have reportedly been sluggish and WSJ says Apple isn't too keen on the prospect of releasing another entry-level iPhone, it may be too late for the company to switch up its plans.

A Bloomberg report co-authored by noted Apple oracle Mark Gurman claims that Apple won't introduce a 5G-capable iPhone next year, and will instead "hold off until at least 2020". Meanwhile, Apple chose to troll competitors by placing user security and privacy-related ads around CES venues, and TV makers including Samsung announced that AirPlay 2 support would be available inside new TVs.