2020 iPhone again rumored to boast the rear face of the time-of-flight 3D sensor

A report Wednesday, reaffirms a large number of claims that Apple will this fall debut an iPhone model with a built-in system to the rear of the vcsel laser system, good for the depth measurements as augmented reality applicatis.

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Citing sources close to Apple’s plans, Fast Company reports the tech giant has tapped San Jose-based Lumentum to provide lasers who will sit at the heart of the “world-face” 3D depth sensor. Apple currently relies Lumentum for lasers in TrueDepth, the frt camera system powers identificati of faces, Animoji and other features of the iPhone and the iPad.

Unlike TrueDepth, the next system is expected to calculate the depth with the time-of-flight (ToF) technology.

TrueDepth, introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, deduce the depth using an infrared vcsel transmitter, and a specialized receiver side, a traditial RGB color camera module to measure the deviatis of the structured light — a pattern of projected points across the face of a user. The system according to the rumor to 2020 generates a depth map by calculating the time it takes pulses of laser light to bounce off a target.

Compared to TrueDepth, ToF systems are generally csidered to be more accurate and more viable over lg distances. This last is an important csiderati for a system designed to measure a user’s world.

As with previous reports, Fast Company believes in a rear-facing, the 3D system will give way to the efficiency of the photography effects, and more specifically the Portrait and Portrait Lighting modes to separate an object from its background. AR applicatis can also benefit from a very accurate depth chart.

Samsung phes, including the Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, as well as other Android smartphes, currently integrating ToF camera solutis to improve the photographic characteristics, and AR apps like Samsung’s Quick Measure.

Fast Company has a pretty solid track record of accurately predicting Apple product launches, but has always missed the mark with its ToF forecasts. The first publicati claimed Apple would incorporate a rear face of the camera 3D in 2017, saying that the technology would debut in what was to be marketed as iPhone X.

According to the report published today, “at least e” iPhone will be the 3D camera system this year.

Last July, noted TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple to integrate to the back ToF sensors at the time of this year is “iPhone 12” flagships.

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