Apple’s New iPad Pro Could Feature iPhone 11 Pro’s Camera Design

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, iOS, Mobile with 15 Comments

As expected, the camera design on the iPhone 11 made a lot of fuss online. Apple’s new triple-camera system on the iPhone 11 Pro introduced a new design for the camera bump on the iPhone that we have never seen before. It’s not an elegant design, but the photography improvements that come with the new triple-camera system are impressive.

And, unfortunately enough, that same camera setup could be making its way to the iPad Pro.

You see, even though Apple just launched a whole bunch of products, we are still expecting another October event from the company where it’s expected to reveal new iPad Pros, a new MacBook Pro, and some other products. And although we haven’t heard much about the new iPad Pro, there’s been a new leak that shows off the “final design mockup” of Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro. The picture shows off the new triple-camera setup on the back of the upcoming iPad Pro, and it’s identical to the one seen on the iPhone 11 Pro:

The design doesn’t look as polished as the iPhone 11 Pro, and that’s probably because this is not the actual product. If, however, the camera on the upcoming iPad Pro is the main focus in terms of upgrades, that could be a little disappointing considering people don’t really take a lot of pictures on their tablets. Apple will probably market the new video taking and editing capabilities as the main highlight upgrade for the new iPad Pro, though that may not appeal to a wide set of customers.

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15 responses to “Apple’s New iPad Pro Could Feature iPhone 11 Pro’s Camera Design”

  1. Tony Barrett

    I've never understood, having witnessed this in real life, why you'd use a tablet to take photos. For viewing photos maybe, but taking them - no sense at all. This is why tablets have always featured relatively simple camera's on the back - because barely anyone used them. Front cameras are probably more important for things like video calling, but that's about it.

    • William Clark

      In reply to ghostrider:

      One reason is to use the camera as a scanner. If you need to scan a receipt or a document it could be handy to do that on the tablet. Sure, you could break out your phone and probably do the same but it might be easier to use the tablet especially if you need to mark up the photo in some way.


      The other use is for AR, like Pokemon games. If you like to play those on the tablet you'll want the camera.


      As for random, spontaneous photography? Probably not, unless you're a professional and just happen to be using a tablet as part of your overall gear.

  2. jwpear

    This seems like a waste. It's not the ideal device to take pictures/video with. Why does one need a camera like that on a tablet?

    • jchampeau

      In reply to jwpear:

      My thoughts exactly. I'm not sure I've ever taken a picture with the camera on the back of mine. I could see some use cases where having a decent camera on the back of an iPad would be helpful--like an insurance adjuster taking pictures and filling out digital forms when they are investigating a claim. But these cameras are for artistic photography, not for insurance claims. Seems like a waste to me too.

    • StevenLayton

      In reply to jwpear: Its not an ideal device to take photos with, no, but its useful to have a decent camera when the need is there. I've often taken some great photos around the house, using my iPad Pro, of the kids doing something cute, fun or spontaneous, that I'd have otherwise missed. Though, I'd never think to take my iPad out of the house to use as a camera.


    • jwpear

      In reply to jwpear:

      Agree it's useful to have a decent camera. I'm just confused as to why there is a need for something this powerful/artistic. Maybe its cheaper for apple to make these in bulk and just put them everywhere? Or maybe they feel like this will sway the 5% of folks that do take more than the occasional photo with their tablet.

  3. nbplopes

    It might be interesting for film makers. For most people the bump will be probably a nuisance.

  4. RobertJasiek

    Any camera bump lets me disregard iPad Pros.

  5. Chris_Kez

    This is one of the few ways Apple could improve the iPad Pro hardware. It will not be useful for all iPad users, but Apple is speaking here to a narrow-- but growing-- slice of videographers and filmmakers (and those who aspire to be). The iPhone certainly gives you greater portability, maneuverability, and unobtrusiveness but those aren't necessarily requirements for all filmmakers. If you're doing say studio shoots with a tripod, or if you're using a large rig for moving shots, this gives you a single device to capture and edit in 4K. That large screen will really by nice for taking advantage of a lot of capabilities highlighted during the recent iPhone event, including simultaneous multi-camera capture; a viewfinder mode (showcased during the Filmic Pro demo) that lets you see all four camera feeds simultaneously and switch between them in real time; new native video editing tools; etc.-- all on top of the improved cameras. I think more people will be excited about the OS improvements, but there is definitely a segment who wanted to see Apple close the camera quality gap between the iPhone and iPad.


  6. melinau

    Am I the only person who is fed-up with people with iPads (& other Tablets) waving them about in front of my view, while they take mediocre pictures which they'll probably never look at again.

    I'm sanguine with people using iPhoneAndroid 'phones as substitute camera - they are relatively inconspicuous,.

    The use of Tablets in museums, exhibitions etc. should be banned!


    Phew got that off my chest.

  7. lvthunder

    Here we go again with all the rumors and speculation.

  8. truerock2

    Wide angle and telephoto lenses are crap. I rarely use them.


  9. histogramx

    I think they will bring iphone 11 pro camera to ipad pro with some upgrades....

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