Now that Apple has brought 3D sensing technology to iPhones, it is bound to expand the feature to more devices in future. While we are not yet sure about iPads, one can at least expect it to arrive in 2018 iPhone models.
However, this is likely to expand even further from the front of the smartphone to its backside. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to bring rear-facing 3D sensors for the iPhone handsets coming in 2019.
Assuming the rear-facing 3D sensor’s use is a long shot for now, but initial speculation point towards a better rear camera focus and even better augmented reality features.
Only the placement of the sensor is not new though. The report adds that Apple may use a new technology, different from the one it uses in the TrueDepth sensor system in the iPhone X.
Current Apple iPhone X’s 3D sensor tech vs. the new one
For those unaware, the current tech uses ‘structured-light technique’ that projects 30,000 laser dots on the user’s face. Using it, the sensor detects the distance of the user from the phone and makes a near –accurate 3D image of the face for authentication.
On the other hand, the rear-facing 3D sensor may use ‘time-of-flight approach’. Here, the technology calculates the time the laser takes to bounce off the objects. This will create a 3D picture of the scenery.
However, in 2019 Apple iPhone models, the TrueDepth camera is likely to stay at the front like it doe for now. The report says that Apple has already started discussions with the suppliers. Some of the suppliers expected are Infineon Technologies AG, Sony Corp., STMicroelectronics NV and Panasonic Corp.
Although its exciting, we should bring it to your notice that the tech is in early stages for now. So, there stays a good chance that the feature might not be there in the final version of the smartphone. The suppliers will need ample time to make it ready for mass production.