Apple to implement 3D sensing lasers into new iPhones

Apple to implement 3D sensing lasers into new iPhones

Apple to implement 3D sensing lasers into new iPhones

A new report indicates that Apple's AR plans for the iPhone involve more than just software.Credit: Mark Spoonauer/Tom's GuideFast Company says that Apple hopes to add rear-facing 3D laser system to its phones, with an eye toward incorporating the feature into the iPhone 8. The camera will also have superfast autofocus abilities. The report's source suggests that the new VSCEL laser system is "probably intended for the 10th anniversary iPhone", expected to arrive later this year, although that remains uncertain in light of all of the other technical hurdles that Apple is reportedly struggling with. It also said the Apple's tech experts have not yet finalised some features like 3D facial recognition and wireless charging.

Apple is attempting to include the sensor and laser system in the iPhone model expected to be released this fall, but it's unclear if engineering progress is moving quickly enough to make that possible. Some however believe that these features are not for the iPhone 8 but for the 2018 handset.

Apple is expected to introduce its 10th anniversary iPhone, now dubbed as iPhone 8, this fall. Rumors and speculations regarding the device have flooded the internet. The system consists of a source (the VCSEL laser), a lens, detector (sensor), and a processor. The VCSEL laser system calculates the distance light travels from the laser to the target and back, generating a Time of Flight (TOF) measurement. The question is how long Apple can wait after the introduction of ARKit to get the laser into the iPhone. "The whole thing costs about $2 per phone", report MacRumors. So aside from the new OLED screen, which is said to take up nearly the whole face of the iPhone 8, what else is Apple planning?

The Fast Company report is significant because it indicates Apple wants its 2017 flagship phone to offer even more AR oomph.

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