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Apple Planning to Incorporate 3D ToF Sensor in Next Years’s iPhone Models

Next year, Apple is expected to launch four iPhone models with significant specification upgrades, media reports suggest

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple is reportedly planning to incorporate Time of Flight (ToF) 3D sensing rear camera system in next year’s iPhone models.

Earlier there were rumours that a ToF sensor might be introduced as part of the 2019 line-up of iPhones but the sensor would just not be ready in time this year, news portal GSMArena reported on Thursday.

In addition, the Cupertino-based company is also planning to use Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in the cameras of the 2020 iPhones.

VCSEL is a key component of Apple’s TrueDepth camera that also powers features like Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies.

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iPhones on display at an Apple store in Virginia, USA, April 4, 2016. VOA

Last year, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the ToF 3D rear cameras would make a debut with the 2020 iPads before making their way to the 2020 iPhones.

Next year, Apple is expected to launch four iPhone models with significant specification upgrades, media reports suggest.

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While three iPhones are expected to come with OLED screens and display sizes of 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch, the devices would also have 5G connectivity. The fourth iPhone is expected to feature an iPhone 8-like design and come without 5G connectivity or OLED panel. (IANS)

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2020 5G iPhone Won’t Get a Major Price Increase

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera

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Entry of Apple into the 5G race in the third quarter of 2020 will catapult the iPhone maker to top position, ahead of Samsung and Huawei, a new report has predicted. Pixabay

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple may launch four 5G-enabled iPhones next year and while 5G-related components could raise the production costs of the devices, he believes that the iPhone maker will not significantly increase the price of 5G iPhones.

5G components are projected to raise the production cost of the new iPhones by anywhere from $30 to $100.

Kuo states that Apple intends to offset this additional cost by reducing its supply chain expenses, including dropping its upfront non-recurring engineering payment to suppliers of the redesigned metal chassis and frame for 5G iPhone, news portal iMore reported recently.

Kuo believes that Apple intends to bring this, along with other areas of external research and development, in house.

As per recent report, Apple is also reportedly planning to include a custom battery protection module with the iPhone 12, which is said to be almost 50 per cent smaller and thinner than the one being used in current and old iPhones.

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The impact of the launch of 5G Smartphones and services will fully reflect in 2020. Pixabay

The reduction in size could result in more free space for a slight increase in battery capacity,

J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee believes that Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

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Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved Augmented Reality capabilities.

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera. (IANS)