2019 iPhones: Three new handsets, one with a triple-rear-camera setup

Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max

Apple Inc AAPL.O held talks with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS and MediaTek Inc 2454.TW along with existing vendor Intel Corp INTC.O to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive's testimony at a trial between Qualcomm Inc QCOM.O and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday.

Apple has not officially disclosed its plans to release three new models in 2019.

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. While the XR's successor is said to retain the LCD display of the 2018 model, the 2019 XR will reportedly get the dual-lens camera system that is now only found on the iPhone XS series. The company's 2019 lineup of iPhones will be identical to last year's, with some key changes to the OLED devices.

The follow up phone will stick with a liquid crystal display (LCD), which is cheaper than the organic LED display on its premium iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

One of the new handsets will be a successor to the struggling iPhone XR, the entry-level device Apple introduced in 2018 with an LCD screen.

The current iPhone XS series features two 12MP lenses, with one being a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto with 2x optical zoom. China's Huawei has been growing rapidly, replacing Apple as the second-largest smartphone player by global market share past year. It's possible that Haptic Touch will extend to all iPhone models if Apple gets rid of 3D Touch entirely.

The Journal reported that three more new iPhones are due this fall that could include upgraded cameras that bring them better in line with some competitors' products.

Reports emerged earlier this week that Apple will cut production of its latest phone models by 10 per cent over the next three months. Given the recent decline in iPhone sales, that means it might be until 2020 when we really see what lessons (if any) Apple has taken from recent events.