Apple CEO Tim Cook visits an Apple store in Shanghai, China.
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Barclays semiconductor analysts said Thursday in a note to investors that the new Apple iPhones, which will be launched this fall, will have a new version of Face ID and new 3D camera sensors.
Apple’s Face ID, its facial recognition system used to unlock the iPhone without a fingerprint, was also changed in the 2019 iPhones, and is now faster than before. Barclays said that Face ID will “update”, but does not mention new features.
Barclays also said that the high-end “Pro” models of Apple’s iPhones 2020, which will succeed the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, will have new 3D flight time (ToF) depth camera sensors. This can help iPhones create 3D room maps and can also help Apple improve its augmented reality (AR) applications.
AR allows Apple and developers to superimpose digital objects on top of the real world, but it works best when the iPhone can understand the room it is in.
ToF is already used in some Samsung phones, such as the Galaxy Note 10+. Samsung has demonstrated how sensors can be used to capture an image of an object and then quickly create a 3D model. Therefore, someone with a 3D printer at home could print a replica.
And since ToF provides depth data, it could also be used to improve portrait images on iPhones. Those are the types of images in which the subject remains focused while the background is blurred. With more depth information, Apple could make those images even clearer and avoid some cases where the camera incorrectly blurs part of the person in the foreground of an image.
Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities, one of Apple’s top analysts with an excellent prediction history of future Apple devices, said for the first time in July that Apple plans to include the new flight time sensors for its pro-model iPhones . The iPhones 2020 will also include support for new 5G networks in the US. UU., According to Kuo.