While the world rejoices with the launches of iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X (minus Brazil, in this case, for almost 7,000 reasons), some individuals are already turning their attention to what is to come. That is, for what Apple will present next year in terms of smartphone.
Yes, we’ve talked a few times about the iPhones of 2018, but the analyst’s latest predictions Ming-Chi Kuo, from KGI Securities, deal with a subject that, until now, nobody had thought to comment: the presence of technology TrueDepth also on the rear camera module of smartphones.
Well, according to Kuo, we can grab a chair and wait seated, since apparently Apple would have no intention of incorporating the technology into the back of iPhones in the short term (i.e., in 2018). In a note sent to investors, the analyst stated that the sensors that detect the user’s face to enable features such as Face ID and Animojis will remain exclusive to the front camera of the coming devices for a very simple reason: availability.
According to the analyst, the sensors required for TrueDepth technology are proving to be one of the main bottlenecks in the production of the iPhone X, with a production rate still taking its first (and slow) steps. It is to be expected, of course, that this pace will increase significantly over the next few months, but at the same time, it is good to keep in mind that Apple intends to extend the technology to all iPhone models next year (if that there will be more than one) – that is, all this increase in production will be channeled to equip the “extra” smartphones with the feature from 2018, leaving the rear cameras out (at least for now).
The possible presence of TrueDepth technology at the rear of the device, needless to say, would bring some quite considerable advantages, especially with regard to augmented reality. The special sensors would have a significantly expanded ability to detect surfaces, materials and volumes, making the level of interaction of virtual objects with the real world even greater – with that, Apple could further expand the capabilities of the (already impressive) ARKit.
Anyway, this – at least if we take into account Kuo’s predictions – is a prospect for 2019 only. Or maybe even later.
via Cult of Mac
Update Nov 2, 2017 at 11:07 am
Do you want more predictions from Kuo? So take more forecasts from Kuo: now, according to the analyst, another important aspect of the iPhone X camera will remain completely unchanged on next year’s iPhones.
In another note sent to investors, Kuo stated that the system “6P” used in the rear cameras of the iPhone X, which has six plastic lenses, will continue on next year’s iPhones – contrary to rumors that Apple would switch to a more advanced system, such as the “7P” (which has seven lenses for plastic) or “2G3P” (two glass and three plastic).
The reason for the choice would be simple, according to Kuo: Apple does not want to take any risks with the production pace of the iPhones of 2018 after the bottleneck it saw making the iPhone X and therefore, as they say, it will not touch the winning team . With that, the apple lens supplier, Largan, should increase its market share a little (in which it is already a skyrocketing leader).
Just to be clear, Apple’s decision to maintain the lens system does not prevent it from making improvements to other points on the camera, such as the sensor – just see that since the iPhone 7 Plus, we have the same 6P system, and yet thus, the modules improved until we reached the iPhone X. Therefore, we can continue to dream of even better cameras in the future smartphones from Apple.