We are still a few weeks away from 2019 iPhones but the buzz around 2020 iPhones is even stronger thanks to the various leaks and rumors suggesting the features and addons that it will bring. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that at least two of the higher-end iPhones to release in 2020 will feature ToF sensors at the back.
3D ToF cameras for improved augmented reality experience
According to an investor note that Kuo ended up obtaining, the Cupertino-based tech giant will push out Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors with two high-end 2020 iPhones namely iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max along with 5G capability.
A previous rumor posted by Bloomberg added that Apple will use vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser or VCSEL in its 2020 iPhone lineup that will replace Apple’s TrueDepth camera system that it currently improves. The TrueDepth camera system maps out the surrounding using the 2D cameras and other sensors, however, the ToF sensor will have a wider range and area. The Face ID tech that current iPhones use can detect user between the range 25 to 30 centimeters, however, once the ToF sensors are employed, the iPhones will be able to scan objects up to 15 feet away although the sensors will be affixed on the rear module.
The ToF sensors will use LIDAR which is similar to RADAR but uses lasers to shoot at objects and calculates the time it takes to return to form a 3D image of the object in front. This could revolutionize Apple’s attempts to enhance the augmented reality experience on iPhones. It will also bring a striking difference in the portrait photos as the ToF sensor is fairly accurate in terms of detecting depth and thus, the photos will exercise accurate background blur or bokeh effects.
2020 iPhones will probably have three models i.e. 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch OLED variant while an affordable 6.1-inch variant will also populate the 2020 iPhone catalog although it will sport OLED display as well thanks to a previous report. Apart from the display tech, all three could have 5G support since Apple has joined forces with Qualcomm and it recently bought off the modem business from Intel for a whopping $1 billion so we could get 5G supported iPhones as early as 2020.