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2020 iPhones to come with a 3D ToF sensor: Report

In 2021 it is expected to eliminate the display notch.

Reports about upcoming iPhones start circulating online way prior to their launch. For instance, we don’t only have rumours about the 2019 iPhones pouring in, but even the ones about the 2020 models of iPhone. According to a report, the 2020 model of the iPhone may come up with the time of flight 3D sensor in its rear camera setup.

The report, that first surfaced in Digitimes, says that Apple is preparing to bring into play Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) and time of flight (ToF) sensors on the back panel of the anticipated 2020 iPhone model. The new module will be identical to the current iPhone model that comes up with TrueDepth camera setup on the front.

By putting a 3D sensor on its rear camera, the company will enable the user to capture a more detailed picture with the help of AR-based applications.

According to a previous report by Ming-Chi Kuo, who is a popular Apple analyst, the upcoming model of the iPad model will be introduced with time-of-flight 3D rear cameras.

By the use of Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser(VCSEL), 3D sensors will add depth to the images and improve the picture quality. At the moment, there are a number of smartphones that use 3D sensing in their devices. Apples’ iPhone 8 comes with a lower power Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser whereas Xiaomi Mi8 has the VCSEL technology. Apart from smartphones, this technology is integrated into a number of other applications that also including computer mice, automotive LiDAR systems and data communications.

The people who are unaware of VCSEL, it basically is a semiconductor that produces infrared beam and is mainly used to enable AR-based applications and range finding.

2019 iPhone XR battery

Apart from that, the company is also rumoured to announce four new ranges of smartphones next year that will also include LCD display similar to iPhone XR. In 2020 Apple is planning to launch a new model that could feature a smaller notch display. However, in 2021 it is even expected to eliminate the display notch.

All the reports are merely rumours about the upcoming iPhone so you can take it with a pinch of salt. All the speculations about the rumoured 2020 model of iPhone may change before its official launch.

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