Rumors have been speculating that future iPhone models will include a Triple Lens Camera System that will include advanced 3D sensors for augmented reality capabilities. According to a new report, the supplier, Japan’s Sony Corp, is organizing plans to boost production after interest by Apple, Inc. and other manufacturers increase. Here’s everything we know so far.
According to Sony, with Apple is showing increased interest in its 3D Camera sensors for the upcoming iPhone 11 and later models, it has started plans to increase the total production output of the sensors by Summer 2019.
In recent years, Apple has made significant strides in developing this technology with its TrueDepth camera systems and ARKit Augmented Reality platforms. In order for Apple to accomplish its goals, it has tapped the Japanese tech firm to develop these sensors it plans to use.
Apple currently utilizes a Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) system on its True-Depth Camera system. The Sony modules utilize a Time-of-Flight (TOF) system, which uses light pulses on a depth map to measure the travel of the light pulse to and from a target. The TOF is far more accurate the VCSEL for various applications, like in rear-facing cameras, but, we may not see that in 2019 iPhone models as Apple may develop that technology further into 2020.
According to the report, the production ramp-up will include both rear and front 3D camera modules. The cameras can work to analyze depth and three-dimensionally map objects, such as a face or full body. Furthermore, Sony will develop separate software toolkits for developers to use with these modules.
With the iPhone, the addition of these sensors with the rumored Triple Lens Camera System will allow iPhone to have a stereoscopic vision system, which uses lasers to calculate space and distances. This will allow the rear-facing cameras to work just like the True-Depth camera system, which will allow Apple to greatly improve ARKit.
“Imagine if the line between the virtual and the real simply didn’t exist,” is what Apple says ARKit is all about. “Your classroom could become the cosmos. The past could be as vivid as the present. And the familiar could look like nothing you’ve ever seen.”