Breaking: Apple Will Introduce Time-of-flight Sensors In 2019 iPhone Lineup’s Rear Camera To Boost AR On Devices
By Ramish Zafar
Apple changed the flagship smartphone game this year with the iPhone X. Just as the rumor mill predicted, the smartphone shipped with Face ID. The feature, which allow users to unlock their smartphone with facial information, is a replacement for Touch ID on Cupertino’s top of the line smartphone. Right now, as the feature settles in the market, the verdict is still open on whether it’ll be as popular as fingerprint recognition, originally introduced on the iPhone 5s. Now, we’re learning that Apple’s got big plans for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Take a look below to find out more.
Apple Will Introduce Time Of Flight Based 3D Sensing On The 2019 iPhone Lineup’s Rear Cameras
It’s no secret. Apple CEO Tim Cook is obsessed with VR. Whenever he talks to the press or investors, it’s on his mind. And true to form, the year’s iPhones focus on the tech exclusively for the first time. However, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X are only the start of VR and Apple. Now, we’re learning that Cupertino’s got big plans for the future, particularly the 2019 iPhone lineup.
Bloomberg reports that following True Depth and Time-of-flight integration for the iPhone X’s front camera, Apple will now focus its effort on rear cameras. The last major rear camera upgrade for the iPhone lineup came last year, when Cupertino launched the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual camera system and the lineup in general with a dedicated ISP.
According to today’s news, Apple will employ time of flight sensing on the 2019 iPhone lineup’s rear cameras to capture and reproduce 3D details of their environment. The company has started discussions with several suppliers for the relevant equipment. When compared to Face ID’s structured light modules, time of flight sensors are easier to assemble as they do not require the same category of calibration as the former.
It’s this problem which caused initial iPhone X delays, and according to some rumors, made Apple reduce its accuracy requirements for Face ID. While Cupertino denies these claims, we’re glad that it’s managed to improve shipment times for the tenth anniversary iPhone. Improved AR capabilities for the rear cameras is the next logical step in incrementally innovating what started this year with the iPhone X. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.
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