Apple iPhone 8 to Feature Rear-facing 3D Laser System [Report]

Apple iPhone 8 to Feature Rear-facing 3D Laser System [Report]

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Apple is working to put a rear-facing 3D laser system on its new iPhone, reports Fast Company. The sensor system will enable better depth detection for augmented reality and enhanced auto-focus.

The source said the VSCEL laser system is probably intended for the 10th anniversary iPhone (which may be called the iPhone 8 or the iPhone Pro or, hopefully, the iPhone X). Whether the sensor will be included in that phone, or a 2018 iPhone, depends on the progress the Apple engineers make in integrating the laser system into the phone, our source says.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that the front camera on the iPhone 8 could use a laser for 3D selfie effects and facial recognition; however, Fast Company says the rear of the phone is where the real action is. Currently, ARKit uses the iPhone camera to picture and measure the real world. The addition of a 3D laser system would dramatically improve these measurements, making AR more realistic.

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 system consists of the source laser, a lens, a sensor and a processor. Sources claim the system will cost about $2 per phone.

Current iPhones use phase detection autofocus. Apple calls it 'Focus Pixels'. The laser system is much faster and more accurate. Laser beams bounce off objects and return to the sensor providing the precise depth of field for each. The camera can then focus on a desired part of the shot in milliseconds.

Lumentum is purportedly providing most of the VCSEL lasers with Finisar and II-VI as secondary suppliers. The TOF sensor is coming from STMicro, Infineon, or AMS; although, it's likely Apple will buy the whole system in module form from LG, STMicro, AMS or Foxconn.

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Apple iPhone 8 to Feature Rear-facing 3D Laser System [Report]

Bigjiba - July 14, 2017 at 6:10am
Then a week later the rumor is that is doesn't have laser and they removed the led flash haha
E-Rod - July 14, 2017 at 12:54am
Sharks with fricking laser beams!!!
It's the future indeed - July 13, 2017 at 11:03am
Please tell me it'll have the missile guidance system & the convection feature too! An ironing feature would be nice as well.
Jobijoba - July 13, 2017 at 9:48am
Hahaha.... can it play CDs?
Great! - July 13, 2017 at 3:54am
Future iPhones could possibly perform eye corrective laser surgery.