Apple supplier's Q2 report leads analyst to expect Face ID on all three 2018 iPhone models
As far back as September 2017, securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was stating that the three new Apple iPhone models for 2018 would each sport the TrueDepth Camera, and include Face ID. And that notion has been seconded by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster, who analyzed the second quarter earnings report of a company called Lumentum to come to this conclusion.
Lumentum is Apple's primary source of vertical-cavity-surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) components used in the TrueDepth Camera for 3D sensing and augmented reality. Munster told clients in a note disseminated on Wednesday, that he expects the company to ramp up VCSEL production this fall. He bases that on higher than expected revenue reported by Lumentum during the second quarter, and the company's forecast of third quarter revenue. That, he says, indicates a ramp up in production of the VCSEL arrays that are sourced to Apple, which the analyst calls a sign that all three 2018 iPhone models will sport a TrueDepth Camera and offer Face ID.
Munster mashes those who say that the Apple iPhone X isn't selling. He says that the numbers reported by Lumentum not only bode well for current sales of the tenth anniversary iPhone model, it also proves that Apple is still high on AR. Considering CEO Tim Cook's previous comments about the technology, we certainly don't need to analyze the revenue from an Apple supplier to know that the company is still committed to AR.
The report concludes that all three 2018 iPhone models will sport a front-facing TrueDepth Camera (Last November, a report stated that Apple will add rear-facing TrueDepth Cameras to the 2019 iPhone lineup). He also says that the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID will be included on future iPad tablets.