Apple's 2020 iPhone 12 series will adopt rear Time-of-Flight cameras: Kuo25
Time-of-Flight cameras for an improved AR experience
In an investor note published recently, the renowned analyst revealed Apple has plans to add rear Time-of-Flight sensors to next year’s iPhone models. But unlike 5G which will reportedly be made available on all three devices, the new 3D-sensing system is expected to land only on the company’s most premium offerings – the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max.
According to previous rumors from Bloomberg, Apple will be using VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) on its 2020 iPhone lineup. These are similar to the TrueDepth camera system current iPhones include but can ultimately map out much larger areas. For comparison, Face ID currently works at distances ranging from 25 to 50 centimeters while the rear Time-of-Flight cameras expected on next year’s devices should be able to scan objects that are 15 feet (4.6 meters) away.
It’s worth pointing out that Apple’s new Time-of-Flight sensors might not debut on next year’s iPhone lineup. Instead, Kuo believes the Silicon Valley-based company could first use them on the next-gen iPad Pro lineup which should launch in early 2020.
Face ID will accompany new display sizes, more efficient chip
Circling back to the iPhone lineup, Ming-Chi Kuo also said the direct successors to this year’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R will stick with Face ID. It’s unclear if any major upgrades are planned at the moment but rumors suggest Apple will either reduce the size of its trademark notch or remove it entirely if under-display technology is up to scratch.
On one final note, there’s a possibility next year’s iPhone series will replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port. The switch has been rumored for years and Apple reportedly created iPhone 11 prototypes with the connector. So perhaps 2020 will be the year we finally say goodbye to Lightning.