Apple is planning on adding a rear-facing 3D-scanning camera for the 2019 iPhone models

Currently, Apple offers 3D-sensing only on the front-facing TrueDepth Camera found on the Apple iPhone X. There is speculation that all three of Apple's 2018 releases will include the front-facing TrueDepth camera along with next year's iPad Plus. But a report published today indicates that by 2019, Apple has plans to offer 3D-sensing on the rear-facing iPhone camera as well. And the company is working on new technology that would be used instead of the currently employed dot projector that uses 30,000 laser dots to map a face.

The system being worked on for the rear-facing 3D-sensing system, called "time-of-flight," measures how long it takes a laser to bounce off a subject to create a 3D representation. The current TrueDepth system would apparently remain for the front-facing camera, allowing iPhone models starting in 2019 to have 3D-sensing abilities on both sides of the device. The new technology is currently being tested and won't be ready for next year's lineup.

The rear-facing 3D-sensing capabilities would allow the iPhone to run more AR applications, and using the so-called "time-of-flight" system, could be easier to mass produce than the TrueDepth Camera. The latter is used by Apple for its Face ID facial recognition system..

source: Bloomberg

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1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

First I would like to say that I am happy to see the smartphones and I mean all of them heading in a good direction.

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Funny, how they avoid to mention "Tango" phones that also use "time-of-flight" sensor, to map everything in 3D

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7596; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I remember a lot of Apple zealots saying that ARkit is just as good as Tango, and it's roughly the same. Yet here Apple is going to add hardware to help ARKit to make it accurate, and work under more conditions. Tango is doing that now. ARkit struggles with vertical planes, such as walls, doors or windows, and lacks accurate depth perception, which makes it harder for digital images to interact with real things.

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Second I would like to say that if this is true I wonder if this is the thing that Apple says it’s working on to change the smartphone. Or is there, and I hope there is, somthing truly revolutionary coming to the smartphone market that we are not think of yet. Somthing that really is a game changer. Not just a usfull gimmick that gets used for a second than you just have the normal phone. Besides hardware and software improvements we basically have the same smartphone that came out in 2007 but with new cool features. But really we have not seen smartphone 2.0 from any company yet. By the way I had high hopes that googles glasses would take of more than they did. I really wanted those badly to be somthing more than what they are.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

All that tech and and wasting money in the development of face ID to be bypassed by a cheap mask lol

12. Peacetoall unregistered

Instead of a notch they could have placed a homebutton with a fingerprint scanner at the bottom of display. Im sure it would have looked better with the cut out display placed with the fingerprint sensor equiped home button at the bottom of the super amoled screen .

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Brilliant ideas, Apple needs to recruit you!!!!

20. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Your being sarcastic right. He is a tr.l. Apple sells millions of phones. The only thing that I wonder is what would Steve Jobs have allowed to pass through as new designs. I don’t think that the iPhone would have had the sam design from the six through the eight had Steve Jobs been around.

18. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Or get an iPhone 8. Another thing is no matter where they put it or what they did you would be complaining. I and a majority of people like the none home button.

19. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You can still put a home button on you screen. Plus your talking personal preference. You sound like no matter what you don’t like anything Apple does. The other thing even if you took and put a fingerprint scanner at the bottom you would still have a camera at the top and basically you do have that in the iPhone 8. The notch is not that big of deal I have one. Most apps don’t use it yet and really it’s just a nice place to put the time and battery and stuff. There is phones out there for everybody. I personality am into the Apple iPhone X. That’s my opinion. But there is plenty of other phones for you. Basically you sound like you want all the phones to be one way. That is your way. Apple basically turned every bit of realestate on the front into screen that was left over. With just the camera up there you have the essential phone. Then without a notch you have every other phone.

17. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That mask is not cheap. Like I Need to repeat my self from above coment. But it’s as secure as it needs to be and I really like it. It is more secure than Touch ID mathematically. Touch ID could be beat as well with a little know how. Less know how then let’s say.......making a mask. The other thing people would not even know how to do it if it was not reported in the news. Face is is the hot item so that’s what’s in the news.

22. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

A "Cheap" mask created by a literal security firm, using 3D face scans and 3D printing, and the cooperation of the user, AND with attention awareness turned off. Sure.

4. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

So then I can act like I'm taking a picture of you and 3D scan your face. Then, with a custom app I can take that to unlock your Face ID? That's like giving my fingerprint to anyone who wants it, yes they'd have to go through considerable steps to use it, but why would I give that to everyone?

5. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

A rear notch?

10. strikercho0

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 09, 2017

OMG, u so original! How did u think of that in tge first place? :)))

6. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017

Bes most talked bout phone on Earth, keep X in ya mouth cause it all fanboi do

7. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

From which planet u have been exiled? I cant understand whatever u write, u are another techie but from other side

11. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017

Yes iama techie i love tech im big techie

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If done right, 3D pics would look pretty tite.

9. Rocket

Posts: 704; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Wow, the NSA and Apple are trying hard to get the face of all people living in the planet.

14. treypoundz

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Apple works with the police. They are scanning ur face with this and in pics so they can find ppl when they commit a crime. And track ur movements

15. Nofanboyzone

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 12, 2017

Every tech company works with the government when required. Believing otherwise makes you an idiot.

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