Apple reported to be working on laser-powered, 3D-sensing rear camera

Apple is planning to put 3D-scanning lasers into the 2019 iPhone

Apple is planning to put 3D-scanning lasers into the 2019 iPhone

Apple in the first half of 2016 was presented to the world and launched the sale of smartphone iPhone SE 4 inch, which then seemed odd, after all, inherited the technical equipment of 50 on 50 off iPhone 5s and iPhone 6s.

Face detection, selfies with a blurred background and talking animal emojis are features Apple only offers on the iPhone X. According to one reviewer, though, it appears the features don't need to be trapped inside Apple's $1,000 device and could work on older models. At present, the iPhone 8 boasts a 4.7-inch screen, the iPhone 8 Plus is 5.5 inches, and the premium iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen. Specifically, the phone uses the TrueDepth camera periodically to make a map of the user's face, especially on start up.

So it came as a shock when some iPhone X reviewers began claiming the feature - which morphs the user's face into an animated emoji - could conceivably work on other iPhones. This is different from the current technology where TrueDepth sensor system on the front of the iPhone X. The new system will use the time taken by light to figure out the total distance travelled and will use this information to establish a 3D image of the subject.

Apple is planning to put 3D-scanning lasers into the 2019 iPhone
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If animojis do, in fact, use the iPhone's infrared capabilities, they should work in the dark. So if you cover up the IR system - the left side of the notch - before booting Animoji up, performance will be degraded.

So the question is, why didn't Apple include it in the iOS 11 release that went out to all the other iPhones? But I say that's partially valid because Apple released three iPhones that are powered by the same exact hardware. Details on exactly what Apple is accused of stealing remain scant at the time of writing, but two companies, Aqua Connect Inc. and Strategic Technology Partners, are named as the complainants. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have the same A11 Bionic chips inside, so they should be able to support Animoji. A 3D rear camera would open up iPhone X to a new world of augmented reality, and mixed with AI and machine learning, it could rival what Google is doing with real-world identification in Lens. Instead, you'll have to sideload them or wait for a jailbreak.

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