We don’t yet know for certain what the 2019 iPhones will have in store for us, but that isn’t stopping people from getting excited about the 2020 iPhones. According to a new report by the usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo, we can expect at least two of those iPhones to include new time-of-flight (ToF) cameras.

The claim comes via a research note sent to investors that MacRumors was able to get its hands on. The ToF system would allow iPhones to effectively judge distances by using a laser or LED and calculating how long it takes for light to be reflected by objects. That would then allow the iPhone to build an accurate 3D model of its surroundings.

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While Kuo had previously said that only two of the 2020 iPhones would feature Face ID with one using an in-display Touch ID sensor, that now appears to have changed. Kuo now believes that all three iPhones will offer Face ID as is the case with the current lineup.

We predict that three new 2H20 iPhone models will all be equipped with front Face ID, and two of the new models will provide rear ToF. We estimate that shipments of iPhone models equipped with front and rear VCSEL (front structure light and rear ToF) will be 45mn units in 2020.

The use of a ToF camera has been rumored for recent iPhone launches and Kuo believes that 2020 will finally see it happen. By using such a camera Apple would be able to improve its Portrait Mode feature as well as increase its use of augmented reality features, too.

(Via: MacRumors)

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