Rumor: iPhone 8 rear camera sports 3D laser system for AR and autofocus
Rumors everywhere! The upcoming iPhone 8 is said to sport 3D-sensing front and back cameras according to sources.
According to Fast Company, a source familiar with the matter is working hard to equip the device with a rear-facing 3D laser system. The 3D sensor system is rumored to offer better depth detection for AR apps and better autofocus. Apparently, Apple engineers are trying to integrate the VCSEL laser system into the iPhone 8.
Costing USD 2 per phone, the VCSEL laser systems calculate the distance the light travels from the laser to the target and back to the sensor, as well as generating Time of Flight (TOF) measurement. The system consists of a source, lens, detector, and a processor.
Also, the 3D laser system would enhance the depth measurement aspects significantly. Apart from this, it would make AR more lifelike.
At the recent WWDC 2017, Apple has unveiled ARKit for developers to make use of the cameras and sensors on the iPhone to create content.
Source: Fast Company