As Apple prepares the release of 2018’s portfolio of iPhones, the marketing team will be lining up the superlatives for “the most advanced iPhone models ever.” But it will have to do so as a key feature is removed which will gift Android handsets a clear advantage.
The missing feature has been highlighted by noted online source Benjamin Geskin. This week he published images of ‘dummy models’ of the iPhone X Plus. These typically replicate the external features to allow for the design and testing of peripherals such as cases and holders and are non-functional.
But they represent the external features to a precise degree. And that means many details and specifications can be inferred from them, including the front and rear cameras. A glance at the rear reveals a significant commission. What could have been a triple-lens unit in the schematics shows up as a dual-lens assembly with a central flash unit.
2018 iPhone X Plus (6.5-inch) and iPhone (6.1-inch) Dummy Models. pic.twitter.com/QrgkT6u0vS
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) July 29, 2018
Could Apple be buffing? Perhaps, but I think it unlikely. There’s a reason these dummy models are created and to release fake specced units to third-party manufacturers would sour those relationships. Triple-lens technology is not a new feature and will become more prevalent in the next wave of Android-powered handsets.
By surrendering to the triple-lens competition, Apple has once more given away the high-ground to manufacturers such as Samsung and Nokia who are expected to have triple-lensed cameras on handsets before the end of the year.
Once more the iPhone will be playing catch-up, hoping its fan base will be happy to wait for ‘new’ technology already available in the mainstream.
Now read more about the potential delay to one of the new iPhone’s release date…