Apple Inc. is working on a rear-facing 3D sensor system for the iPhone in 2019, another step toward turning the handset into a leading augmented-reality device, according to people familiar with the plan. Apple is evaluating a different technology from the one it currently uses in the TrueDepth sensor system on the front of the iPhone X, the people said. The planned rear-facing sensor would instead use a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional picture of the environment. The company is expected to keep the TrueDepth system, so future iPhones will have both front and rear-facing 3D sensing capabilities. Apple has started discussions with prospective suppliers of the new system, the people said.
Source: thestar November 14, 2017 18:45 UTC