2020 iPhones may come with a 3D ToF sensor at the back
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone XI - consisting of the iPhone XIR, iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max - in September this year. While the square shaped camera bump is sure expected to grab the fancy of the iPhone lovers but it is 2020 iPhones that are expected to create a buzz with major specs upgrades. While rumours about the 2020 iPhones have been going on for long, the latest report talks about the rear camera setup of what could possibly be called iPhone 12 or iPhone XII.
According to a report by DigiTimes, Apple will add a 3D ToF (Time of Flight) sensor to the back of its 2020 iPhones or the iPhone 12. Adding a 3D ToF sensor to the rear camera of the iPhone 12 would enhance the augmented reality capabilities of the device taking forward the work started by the company in iOS 12 with its ARKit 2 and the upcoming iOS 13 with the ARKit 3.
Adding a 3D ToF sensor to the rear camera setup would allow the iPhone 12 to measure an area up to 15 feet or 4.5 metres, which is longer than what sensors on the current Android phones can measure. As per the report, Apple specifically requested its supply chain partners for VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) components, which would not only improve the AR capabilities of the iPhone 12 but also allow the device to capture depth more accurately. Apple has used VCSEL components before in its iPhones - iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max - but they have been used in the front for features such as face recognition and Animoji.
If the report is indeed correct, this would be the first time that Apple would be using a similar technology in the back as well. But it will be a year till details about the iPhone 12 become clear. Till then all we can do is wait.
Separately, Apple is also expected to introduce 5G connectivity in its 2020 iPhones. Reports indicate that Apple could opt for Qualcomm's 5G modems as its own 5G modems won't be ready by that time. In addition to this, the tech giant is expected to ditch the LCD display panels, that it deploys in its low-cost iPhone models, to opt for an all OLED design.