Rear-facing 3D sensor could feature in 2019 iPhones

Rear-facing 3D sensor could feature in 2019 iPhones

We recently heard tell of Apple's 2018 iPhone plans, and there's now a new Bloomberg report which is taking an even further leap into the future into its 2019 ambitions.

However, according to Bloomberg, the rear-facing 3D sensors would function a bit differently than the 3D tech found in the iPhone X's notch.

While the TrueDepth system takes advantage of a structured-light technique which projects dots onto a user's face and measures the distortion to make a 3D representation, the future one supposedly calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off objects and utilizes that for some 3D magic.

However, the report states that the rear-facing sensor would rely on a time-of-flight approach. The dual cameras are able to detect the subject and blur the background.

According to Apple, "TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID brings portrait mode with portrait Lighting to the front camera for selfies with a depth-of-field effect and enables Animoji, which captures and analyses over 50 different facial muscle movements to bring emoji to life in a fun new way". Among the potential manufacturers are Infineon Technologies AG, Sony Corp., STMicroelectronics NV and Panasonic Corp.

Apple's probably adding a 3D sensor to the rear-facing shooters in order to allow for more advanced augmented reality applications. Apple has already made a huge bet on augmented reality by developing ARKit, the tech giant's own augmented reality platform that's natively part of iOS 11.

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The next generation of Apple Inc.'s iPhone will have lasers - literally, at least according to a newly published report.

Sources say testing of the new image sensor is still in the early stages and there's a chance it won't end up in the 2019 iPhone.