Apple iPhone 8 to Feature Rear-facing 3D Laser System

  • Apple iPhone 8 to Feature Rear-facing 3D Laser System

Apple iPhone 8 to Feature Rear-facing 3D Laser System

Although ARKit apps, which now depend on the single iPhone camera to merge real and digital world, produce good results, addition of a 3D laser into the mix will definitely improve the overall AR experience with more lifelike elements. These details and many others have come from "a source with knowledge of the situation", according to the news site.

This year Apple is set to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone by releasing a radically updated iPhone 8 with an all new bezel-less design, an OLED display, wireless charging and more.

Apple engineers are working to bring 3D laser to the iPhone 8, but if they fail to achieve it before the device's release, it could be postponed for the next version of the iPhone. The addition of a 3D laser system would dramatically improve these measurements, making AR more realistic. The source suggests that the main issue in this case is integrated the laser system into the iPhone, rather than the system itself.

The VCSEL laser system Apple is using costs about $2 per phone.

The laser system would have big implications for the iPhone camera, too.

"The authentication system may include one or more sensors operative to detect biometric information of a user". This allows iOS devices to sense how they move within a room by analyzing the scene presented by the camera and finding horizontal planes in the room as well as estimate the total amount of light available in a scene to apply the correct amount of lighting to virtual objects.

Current iPhones use something called "focus pixels", which is also known as phase detection. The differences in the colors are used to constantly improve the focus of the camera. For this advanced feature, the Cupertino giant has reportedly tapped Lumentum, Finisar and II-VI as its suppliers of the needed sensors.

It goes without saying that Apple hasn't provided any official confirmation regarding the same. The TOF sensor is coming from STMicro, Infineon, or AMS; although, it's likely Apple will buy the whole system in module form from LG, STMicro, AMS or Foxconn.