New Face ID and IKEA scanner lined up for the iPhone 12

New Face ID and IKEA scanner lined up for the iPhone 12
We'v been hearing that Apple is going to miniaturize the Face ID recognition module that brought on the infamous notch design for a while now, and 2020 will be the time, it seems, three years after the iPhone X ushered in the controversial cutout looks.

Barclay's semiconductor analysts basically confirmed that for CNBC and also what chief Apple rumor clairvoyant Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in previous memos to clients - that the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will have 3D depth-sensing cameras.

Remember that IKEA augmented reality app that lets you imagine your room plastered with their furniture all over the place? Well, the new iPhones will be able to take advantage of that. 


We kid, but the structured light kit that Face ID uses is about 10x inferior to 3D depth-sensing cameras, also called time-of-flight (ToF) sensors, both in the number of dots projected and bounced back off the scanned objects, and in the distance measured. That's ten feet instead of one foot in favor of ToF cameras, which can also be used for better portrati shots, and for leveraging Apple's ARKit that has been long time in the making.

Flagship Android phones have had ToF cameras for a while now, and Samsung is also expected to include such sensors in its upcoming Galaxy S20 family of high-end handsets.  After Apple employs AR/VR in earnest for its popular phones, the field is likely to explode, as has already happened with many lanfuishing technologies before the fruit company takes them into account.

As to how will the "refreshed" Face ID module differ from the current notch-y state of affairs, remains to be seen. Apple did invest a bunch in Finisar, a US maker of the mapping sensors that the TrueDepth camera kit on the iPhones uses for Face ID, Animoji, and other shenanigans, while AirPods use it for proximity sensing. The cool $390 million mean that it is with Finisar for the long haul.

The 3D sensor makers have subsequently unveiled way more miniaturized and capable versions that could result in both more compact iPhone 12 notches and faster scanning which could be what Barclay's analysts mean with the "refreshed" Face ID module tip for Apple's upcoming 2020 handsets. 

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11 Comments

8. midan

Posts: 3272; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wait?!?! But i thought Face ID is gone ;) Funny those comments now, wonder what they say now..https://www.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-could-go-notchless-next-year_id121312

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I’m just happy they’re wrong. I love my Face ID. Feels stupid to have a phone without it

12. Zachary_99

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Just like touch ID until the sheeple conveniently backpedal. Like let's just forget competing with screen to body ratio and milk the same design for 4 years. Further and better yet, let's ignore the waves being made with the hugley adopted in screen biometric tech along with huge megapixel counts pixel binning, reversed fast wireless charging, any fast wireless charging to speak of, an embarrassing included fast charger, periscope zoom and larger capacity batteries. But sure, we add another camera that's not technically a camera (ToF) and IKEA scanning. Meanwhile ultrasonic tech is rapidly expanding in the teh space with dual simultaneous biometric authentication on top of larger under display sensor. The iPhone 12 is going to be laughable compared to the s20 ultra and Huawei p40 pro.

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Enjoy your phone. But fase id has solved a problem I had for 8-10 hours a day where fingerprint on my Samsung wouldn’t read my wet dirty or sweaty hands (and sometimes wearing gloves) while I’m at work. I also love paying my temps with Apple Cash thru text messages - it super convenient as it automatically logs the hours they log in and payments chronologically. I also love watching everything on YouTube or Anywhere on the internet without ads (unless I choose to whitelist). Yes I have seen an ad on YouTube in 4 years when iOS allowed third party ad blockers integrate with safari. It’s a shame Apple is changing forcetouch for Haptic Touch - I don’t know if I can use a phone without it. Who the eff cares about pixel difference you cannot see? Or going back to fingerprint scanners when face if is so much convenient especially when loggin I got all the apps from notes to bank accounts automatically. And any idiot can cram bigger batteries - I think the future is in optimization!!!

11. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Just like this they are reporting on news they collect just like you reading this and telling a friend. It’s all speculation they never claimed anything but a rumor and said it was a rumor. They also have different reportind done with people that have different opinions.

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