The latest news from foreign media said that people familiar with the matter revealed that at least one new iPhone product this year will be equipped with a rear 3D deep-sensing lens to support 5G networks.
It is reported that this camera is actually a system of lasers, sensors and software. By emitting light to measure the distance between the mobile phone and the subject, it can not only bring new photo and video effects, but also improve augmented reality ( AR) experience.
The report calls the 3D camera “World Facing”, and Apple developers have been debugging it for at least two years.
This time, Lumentum, headquartered in San Jose, USA, is providing 3D camera technology for Apple. The current iPhone Face ID facial recognition solution, Lumentum is the core supplier, and it is in a leading position in vertical cavity surface laser emitter (VCSEL).
Andre Wong, vice president of 3D perception at Lumentum, pointed out that when running AR programs, the lack of a 3D lens will compromise the effect.
As far as the iPhone’s existing shooting modes are concerned, the portrait function has the most opportunity to deeply use the 3D lens to bring better background blurring effects, and even allow users to manually adjust the degree and range of blurring.
Although many manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei have adopted ToF lens solutions before, Apple is always good at digging out some unique and novel selling points, such as 3D rendering, cooperation with ARkit programs, LiveFocus, etc.
iPhone 12 Pro render, via Up main EAP