Apple has reportedly asked one of its supply-chain partners to prepare VSCEL components for use in ToF (Time-of-Flight) camera which will be used in 2020 iPhone.
This is not the first time that we are hearing about Apple working on including a ToF camera on its 2020 iPhones. The use of a ToF camera will allow Apple to provide advanced AR and 3D scanning features on its 2020 iPhone.
A ToF camera using VSCEL would be similar to the set up that Apple already uses for its TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X and iPhone XS. Using the sensors, the camera would be able to sense depth and distance which would be useful in 3D scanning and AR applications.
The ToF camera on the 2020 iPhones will make use of lasers to measure distance and depth that would make it even more advanced than the TrueDepth camera setup.
Apple has been heavily investing in ARKit and the ecosystem around it. However, we are yet to see any breakthrough AR apps that would help make the technology mainstream. The inclusion of a ToF camera on the 2020 iPhones would allow developers to create more powerful AR apps that could change this.
Reputed analysts believe that Apple could first bring the ToF camera to its 2020 iPads before adding it to the 2020 iPhones.
While many Android smartphones already include a ToF sensor at the rear, their implementation has not helped drive the adoption of AR apps. At best, the camera sensor is used in these devices to offer better bokeh effect in portrait photos and that’s about it. With Apple, that is unlikely to be the case as it would put the ToF camera to good use and add some relevant camera features to its 2020 iPhones that make use of it.[Via DigiTimes]