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Apple would be interested in Sony's 3D camera technology

THE Sony is one of the most prominent companies in the smartphone camera technology area in the world and, in addition to competitors in the mobile market, the Japanese manufacturer and Apple are also partners in the production of iGadgets.

From this partnership, we commented last August that upcoming iPhones may feature a 48MP sensor from Sony, and in 2017 we brought a rumor that the iPhone 8 could be equipped with a 3D laser in the rear cameras.

Although this technology was not implemented in this model of the gadgetThis does not mean that she has been abandoned a lot to the contrary, she is still developing and Apple seems to be more interested in her than ever before, Bloomberg.

According to Sony manager responsible for the production of this technology, Satoshi Yoshihara, the company increase the production of next generation of 3D sensors after receiving the interest of "various smartphone makers" which may, perhaps, include Apple.

But Apple no longer uses 3D technology in the TrueDepth camera? Yes. It turns out that the hardware of Face ID iPhones uses Structured Light (VCSEL) to project millions of points on the user's face and authenticate various tasks on the device.

Sony's technology, on the other hand, consists of a system that generates a flight time measurement (TOF) capable of creating depth maps and calculating the time it takes for infrared laser beams to reach an object and return. According to Yoshihara, TOF technology is more accurate than structured light and can operate at greater distances.

This technology could also power the iPhones' rear cameras (in addition to the TrueDepth system, of course), with Sony starting mass production in the coming months to meet demand. For the analyst Ming Chi KuoHowever, this technology will not be available on iPhones that will be released in the second half of 2019, as we have already commented.

Regardless of whether this technology equips the next iPhones or not, Sony is also developing it for other uses, such as games, where it will be possible to take augmented reality to another level. Good thing comes by.