In the morning of Apple's event that announces the 2018 iPhone lineup, Ming-Chi Kuo announced a report targeting the 2019 model. That's a relatively small comment on the iPhone rear camera next year. Unlike the consensus of the market, Mr. Kuo does not expect to add a time-of-flight depth system to the 2019 iPhone rear camera.
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Clearly, the 2019 camera statement is also reflected in the imminent lineup. There was a rumor that the mobile phone in 2018 would add a third camera to the back, but these reports gradually disappeared.
Apple currently generates disparity maps using the offset of the two camera irises of the dual camera module and enables features like portrait mode.
However, a more accurate high-resolution depth map requires a more sophisticated system as seen in the iPhone X front camera. It is able to detect how much time it takes to blow infrared dots to the world and to bounce back.
According to Mr. Kuo, this technology is said to be unlikely to become the iPhone in 2019 for several reasons. First of all, the current portrait mode algorithm is based on the dual camera disparity map and states that it is enough for customers to obtain the desired results.
In addition, other uses of abundant rear camera depth data like rich augmented reality experience is not ready to run next year. According to Mr. Kuo, Apple is partially strengthening its mapping database to create advanced augmented reality features that are likely to be connected to AR glasses projects in the future.
However, these initiatives are still bad. Apple says it will take up to the end of 2019 to map the new Apple Maps technology to the United States and states that there is no public international timeline.