Some say it's a matter of time before Apple introduces the technology. TrueDepth The rear cameras of the iPhones (and iPads, perhaps) are not for face recognition purposes, as the front camera of the X / XS / XS Max / XR serves, but to bring the experience of augmented reality from ARKit that the company has been investing in for some time.
TrueDepth rear cameras, however, did not come in 2018. And, according to our good old analyst Ming Chi Kuo (from TF International Securities), they also won't be on the 2019 iPhones.
In a note sent to investors obtained by the AppleInsiderKuo cited the opinion of industry experts in stating that Apple has plans to incorporate a 3D scanning technology different from the front TrueDepth camera into the rear cameras. This new technology, called Time of flight (TOF) would be far more complex and accurate than what we have in selfie and would create much larger 3D maps, calculating the time it takes infrared laser beams to reach an object and return to the technique we have today, in turn, involves projecting light points and covering a much smaller area (like a face) .
According to Kuo, adopting such technology would be the first step for Apple to create the ultimate augmented reality experience, with unimaginable resources for what we have today in terms of technical availability. This more advanced AR ecosystem would require not only the new cameras, but also a very high-speed 5G network, a large database on Apple Maps, and even Ma's possible augmented reality glasses. , are still a little far from ready for prime time debut.
Kuo said Apple could hurry to accelerate the development of TOF and include it in the cameras of the iPhones of 2019, but it would make sense to expend energy on such a project as early as the other technologies needed to create such a new AR ecosystem (5G). , Maps and glasses) are still in their infancy. What's more, TOF would have no benefit for photo and video capture itself, since even the single-lens iPhone XR can take charge of Portrait Mode photos with depth-of-field adjustment and all.
So for those who are looking forward to more advanced RA applications, it is good that you feel at least until 2020, we will not have big news there. But the prospect of new Maps and other apps fully based on promising augmented reality, oh, that.