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2019 iPhone to sport 3D sensor at the back

15 Novembre 2017

Apple is planning to bring a 3D sensor to the rear side of the next iPhone to be launched in 2019.

This would be an entirely new technology that's completely different from the TrueDepth camera system that's now on the front notch of the iPhone X. The TrueDepth sensor system uses 30,000 infrared laser dots to map out a user's face to accurately generate a 3D image. However, instead of infrared dots that map out faces, the new system will release lasers on objects and calculate the time it takes for the lasers to bounce back.

Bloomberg said that Apple is now looking to integrate a similar 3D mapping system to the rear-facing camera of the 2019 iPhone models.

Besides Face ID and the TrueDepth camera system, Apple already has experience in gathering depth information, as pointed out by The Verge. The dual cameras are able to detect the subject and blur the background.

This year Apple introduced the 3D facial recognition technology with the iPhone X. While there have been mixed feelings about the level of security it provides, it seems Apple is working to improve the technology.

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Bloomberg's report claims that Apple plans to keep the TrueDepth system, meaning future iPhones will have both front and rear-facing 3D sensing capabilities. Among the potential manufacturers are Infineon Technologies AG, Sony Corp., STMicroelectronics NV and Panasonic Corp.

Apple's plan with this new 3D sensor is to enable more advanced augmented reality apps for future iPhones.

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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.

2019 iPhone to sport 3D sensor at the back