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2020 iPhones to support 3D time-of-flight detection



Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today released a new report on the 2020 iPhones. The report reiterates that Apple expects to integrate time-of-flight sensors into future iPhones from 2020 onwards.

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According to Kuo, two of the new iPhones introduced in 2020 will be equipped with time-of-flight sensors. These sensors could enhance the photo quality of the iPhone camera and provide new augmented reality capabilities. Digitimes reported this earlier in July, and we explained:

A flight-time VCSEL is similar to the infrared TrueDepth camera system that is now available in iPhones on the front of the device and allows face recognition. Adding such a 3D detection system to the rear camera would allow for higher fidelity 3D photography and potentially open up new possibilities for augmented reality.

Kuo also announces that Apple will remain at Face ID in 2020 and the launch of three models will predict new iPhones in 2020 with support for Face ID.

This is not the first time that Kuo has reported Apple's efforts in the field of timekeeping for iPhones and iPads. Last year, Kuo said Apple would bring 3D sensor technology to the iPad for the first time in early 2020.

A ToF system in the rear of the 2020 iPhones would work over much greater distances than the forward-looking TrueDepth sensors used for facial recognition. As Kuo points out in today's report, these types of sensors enable a variety of new augmented reality applications by delivering far more accurate 3D stills than Apple's current technology.

At the weekend, Kuo released a new report that says all this Three new iPhone models by 2020 will support 5G connectivity. He added that 5G iPhone models support both mmWave and sub 6GHz bands, allowing them to work well with US-installed 5G cell towers.

Apple expects to launch a brand-new iPhone range of 6.7-inch, 5.4-inch, and 6.1-inch screen sizes by 2020. For 2019, Apple expects the introduction of three new iPhone 11 models with new camera features and more.

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