Apple’s 2019 iPhone To Get A Laser-Based 3D Sensor Camera For Enhanced AR

We are in 2017 and with Apple’s new iPhone X with OLED display and Face ID temperament. It was reportedly surfaced that Apple plans to introduce two new iPhones in different screen sizes 6.7-inch and 5.8-inch of OLED X Plus variants. There is another one with 6.1-inch LCD iPhone X as well as 2018 release date. But what we heard today is Apple may go forward to add laser-based 3D sensor camera for enhanced AR with the release of 2019 iPhone XI.


Otherwise, don’t take this news that interested, because Apple gets plans in place for iPhones at least two years away from being officially released. And this is exactly what Bloomberg is now reporting. According to the outlet, Apple is developing a new 3D sensor that will adorn the rear of the 2019 iPhone, allowing it to improve augmented reality app experiences.

Before we go into a full explanation, we have to share something about Apple and its popularity. As Apple not only becomes the to watch or smartwatch maker, the Cupertino-based company is now the world’s top wearables company as well. Following the story again, Apple’s new system work by firing lasers at objects and then measuring the amount of time it takes for the reflection to be bounced back.

Conclusion: 2019 iPhone May Get A Laser-based 3D Sensor Camera for Better AR Viewing

The aforementioned process is something that would allow the iPhone to accurately calculate depth, useful for augmented reality. A similar thing can also be done using two cameras as the iPhone already accompanied with, the TrueDepth camera around the front using infrared to accomplish a similar task. However, Apple’s use of lasers should allow for more accurate measurements.

The existing system relies on a structured-light technique that projects a pattern of 30,000 laser dots onto a user’s face and measures the distortion to generate an accurate 3-D image for authentication. The planned rear-facing sensor would instead use a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional picture of the environment.


In fact, Apple is said to be also working with suppliers to get things up in place for the new 3D-sensing system. Currently, it is still unclear whether that 2019 launch window is one that will be attainable. Though the report does confirm the existing TrueDepth camera will be retained around the front of the newer iPhones. With that claims, this technology is somewhat purely designed for use alongside the rear-facing camera setup. Stay tuned for more!

(Source: Bloomberg)

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