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According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhones won't win TrueDepth technology rear camera in 2018 [atualizado]

While the world rejoices in the release of the iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X (minus Brazil, for almost 7,000 reasons here), some individuals are already turning their attention to what is to come. This is for what Apple will present next year in terms of smartphone.

Yes, we've talked here a few times about the 2018 iPhones, but the latest analyst forecast Ming Chi Kuofrom KGI Securities deal with a subject that, so far, no one had thought to comment on: the presence of technology TrueDepth Also on the rear camera module of smartphones.

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Well, according to Kuo, we can take a seat and wait while Apple apparently had no intention of incorporating the technology into the back of the iPhones in the short term (ie 2018). In a note sent to investors, the analyst stated that sensors that detect the user's face to enable features like Face ID and Animojis remain exclusive front camera of the coming handsets for one very simple reason: availability.

According to the analyst, the sensors required for TrueDepth technology are proving to be one of the major bottlenecks in iPhone X production, with a production rate still taking its first (and slow) steps. Of course, it is expected that this rate will increase significantly over the coming months, but at the same time, keep in mind that Ma intends to extend the technology to all iPhone models next year (if there are more than a) 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 in the rear of the device, needless to say, would bring some quite considerable advantages, especially with regard to augmented reality. 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, as Apple could further expand the capabilities of (already impressive) ARKit.

Well, anyway, at least if we take Kuo's forecasts into perspective only for 2019. Or maybe even later.

via Cult of Mac

Update 11/02/2017 s 11:07

Do you want more Kuo predictions? Take more predictions from Kuo: Now, according to the analyst, one more 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” As used in the rear cameras of the iPhone X, which has six plastic lenses, continuing on next year's iPhones contradicts some rumors that Apple would switch to a more advanced system, such as the "7P" (which has seven plastic lenses). ) or “2G3P” (two glass and three plastic).

The reason for the choice would be simple, according to Kuo: Apple doesn't want to take any chances with the production pace of the 2018 iPhones after the bottleneck it saw making the iPhone X and so, as they say, doesn't mess with the winning team. . As a result, Ma's lens supplier Largan is expected to slightly increase its market share (where it is already booming).

Just to make it clear, Apple's decision to keep the lens system does not prevent it from making improvements elsewhere in the camera, as the sensor just sees that since the iPhone 7 Plus, we have the same 6P system and yet , the modules got better until we got to iPhone X. So we can keep dreaming about even better cameras on future Ma smartphones.

via MacRumors