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Apple targets rear-facing 3-D sensor for 2019 iPhone

The addition of a rear-facing sensor would enable more augmented-reality applications in the iPhone

Alex Webb & Yuji Nakamura | Bloomberg 

Apple is working on a rear-facing 3-D 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 existing system relies on a structured-light technique that projects a pattern of 30,000 laser dots onto a user’s face and measures the distortion to generate an accurate 3-D image for authentication. The planned rear-facing ...

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 01:36 IST