The 5G iPhone specs are already shaping up - crazy fast processor for a time-of-flight AR

The 5G iPhone specs are already shaping up - crazy fast processor for a time-of-flight AR
Huawei put one in the P30 Pro, Samsung did in the Galaxy S10 5G, and, soon, in the Note 10, so Apple's iPhones will be getting time-of-flight (ToF) cameras next year. We kid, but that's what the newest report straight from the Taiwanese supply chain is inferring, along with some more juicy tidbits about the upcoming 2020 iPhones.

Apple has allegedly ordered Lumentum, its Face ID parts supplier, to ramp up production of ToF sensors towards the tail end of 2019. It intends to use those both for better 3D facial recognition at the front, and for mysterious AR/VR purposes in the 5G-enabled 2020 iPhone models.

The structured lighting scans that Apple currently uses for Face ID maps objects at only about a feet away, while ToF cameras like the one on the back of the S10 5G or the front of the LG G8, are capable of more than ten times that distance. 

The possibilities for AR/VR implementation are endless and Apple reportedly scrapped its AR glasses team recently to concentrate on the possibilities that the iPhone you always have on you, can bring when paired with a ToF sensor.

The 2020 iPhone will carry a powerful 5nm A14 processor


Just last year pundits were explaining that the 7nm mobile processor production process (yes, that's three words with "p" in a row) is already stretching the limits of what is possible in transistor miniaturization, so we will be at this node for at least four or five years, it seemed. Fast forward to the newest Samsung and TSMC roadmaps, and the foundries are promising 5nm chipsets next year, and even 3nm in the not-so-distant future. 

While the performance gains submit to the laws of diminishing returns, i.e. the jump from 14nm to 10nm was much more spectacular than it will be with 7nm to 5nm, TSMC is still going 5nm next year for the Apple A14 processor that will be in the 5G iPhones, claims the report.

Thus, the 2020 iPhone models are already shaping up. They will certainly feature a revamped design, perhaps with a much less visible notch, or perhaps biometry that is hidden out of sight. 

A 5nm Apple A14 chipset will be running the show, coupled with Qualcomm's next-gen 5nm modem, while time-of-flight cameras will take advantage of all that power and connectivity to augment our reality. There's still plenty to come and fill in the blanks until then, though, especially when it comes to the mysterious AR/VR abilities of the 2020 iPhones.

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9 Comments

1. Wazupmrg

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Always a year or two late to anything. Amazing the myths sheeple still believe about it. So many other options out there now, and what was a cool ecosystem has turned into a virtual prison whereas other companies are expanding their connectivity. But it's shiny and expensive right? Those status seekers will still pay for that

2. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Of course, I won’t let my hands hold a cheap Android phone with gimmicky features downloaded mostly from 3rd party apps, not optimized apps, buggy OS, not secure OS, doesn’t concern privacy, doesn’t have superior/premium ipad, apple watch, airpods, ipod, Macs and the best services. People pay for quality phones that last and supported for many years and with high resale value even after a year to get the newest iphone every year.

5. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Still butthurt ? :))))

6. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO I wouldn't doubt you don't even have an iPhone peaceboy. People that say the stuff you do , do it because they can't have it. Enjoy that android phone you are using.

9. DarthJarJar

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

Because with Apple when the phone fails you’re told you’re holding it wrong.

8. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

"Open Source"... When OEMs and Carriers can pre-install any bloatware that you can't uninstall.

3. mackan84

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Won’t be needing 5G on a smartphone until 2022 when it’s widespread. Tethering to MacBook/iPad with 4G works fine for now.

4. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

What the heck PA. Let me at least hold the XI Max before you start getting me all excited for 2020’s models.

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