Apple is rumored to incorporate a 3D ToF camera sensor on its iPhone 12 line, launching later this year. A new report from 9to5Mac has revealed that Apple intends to attach the ToF sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro series.
The above report is based on the source code found in the iOS 14 internal build. It shows that the iPhone 2020 series is codenamed d5x, before that, the iPhone 11 series was codenamed d4x. Out of all the models listed, only two of them have a ToF sensor. So the source said that only the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have ToF sensors attached.
If the above information is correct, it means that these 2 models will come with a 4- rear camera setup. In addition to a ToF sensor including the main sensor, telephoto lens, and a super wide-angle camera. Like the TrueDepth camera system used for 3D Face ID on the iPhone. This ToF sensor will also come with an infrared sensor. That will allow it to create 3D models of the subject in front.
Although there are already quite a few Android smartphones with built-in ToF sensors. None of them are well utilized or provides a unique AR experience. Apple will use the ToF sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro in the Measurement app to allow it to more accurately measure distances and other calculations.
Apple can also use the ToF sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro series to provide new augmented reality features and experiences. A previous report said that the company is working on a new AR app and will integrate it inside iOS 14. Additionally, Apple is also rumored to integrate a ToF sensor on the iPad Pro 2020 lineup. In addition, 9to5Mac also discovered that the new iPhone 9 will have a single camera on the back. That supports stereo video recording – a feature introduced on the iPhone XS in 2018.
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