Apple is Working on a Rear-Facing 3D Sensor for Future Generation iPhones [Report]

Apple is Working on a Rear-Facing 3D Sensor for Future Generation iPhones [Report]

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Apple is working on a rear-facing 3D sensor for future generation iPhones, according to a new Bloomberg report. A 3D sensor on the back of the iPhone would be helpful in augmented reality applications.

Apple is evaluating a different technology from the one it currently uses in the TrueDepth sensor system on the front of the iPhone X, the people said. The existing system relies on a structured-light technique that projects a pattern of 30,000 laser dots onto a user’s face and measures the distortion to generate an accurate 3-D image for authentication. The planned rear-facing sensor would instead use a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional picture of the environment.

Discussions have already begun with prospective suppliers of the new system. Infineon, Sony, STMicroelectronics, and Panasonic make time-of-flight sensors. However, Bloomberg cautions that testing of the technology is in its initial stages and Apple's plans could change.

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Apple is Working on a Rear-Facing 3D Sensor for Future Generation iPhones [Report]
joshWUa - November 18, 2017 at 10:26am
Much needed
Ocanefun - November 15, 2017 at 5:20am
And if they do it in the rear they might not need that notch in the front and make it a truly all screen front. Maybe. Anything’s possible.
Stargazer - November 15, 2017 at 1:08am
Probably for future glasses, not iPhones.
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