2020 iPhone could support time-of-flight 3D sensors: Report

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Jul 31 2019
2020 iPhone could support time-of-flight 3D sensors: Report

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Apple may add ToF 3D-sensing rear camera on the 2020 iPhone models.

Apple is yet to launch 2019 iPhones.

While the 2019 iPhones are yet to be launched, the rumour mill is already churning out predictions for the 2020 iPhones. According to some reports, Apple is expected to release three new iPhones this year. As for 2020, the tech giant could supposedly incorporate time-of-flight (ToF) sensors in the future iPhones. Additionally, Apple might also include 5G connectivity in next year’s iPhone models.

Previously, a report speculated that Apple might introduce VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser) ToF sensors on the rear of the 2020 iPhone models. The setup is similar to the TrueDepth camera setup found on the current iPhone models, but on the front. Ming Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst, has also predicted that Apple might bring ToF sensors to its 2020 iPhone lineup.

In the latest research note shared by 9to5Mac, Kuo claims that at least two of the 2020 iPhone models could feature a ToF sensor on the rear. Furthermore, Kuo added that Apple might introduce three iPhone models next year with Face ID support.

Additionally, according to Kuo, all three 2020 iPhone models could support 5G connectivity. He added that 5G iPhone models might support both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. Last year, Kuo also said that Apple could first bring ToF-sensing technology to the iPad lineup sometime in early 2020.

As for VCSEL, it is currently used in a number of consumer electronics products. It is a semiconductor that emits infrared light, and it is primarily used to enable augmented reality-based applications and range finding. It could help Apple create a much bigger use case for AR-based applications while enabling users to capture photos with even more detail.

Apple is expected to introduce an all-new iPhone lineup in 2020. However, all these are speculations at the moment and it’s fairly early to trust them all.

As for this year, the tech giant might launch three iPhone 11 models with A13 chip, taptic engine, and more.

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