Last Updated on August 2, 2019
The launch of Apple’s iPhone 11 is approaching, so it is more than a little surprising to hear that
Apple’s latest smartphone won’t include the recently revealed ToF (time of flight) 3D camera technology that is considered to be an almost certain game-changer in the field, promising a massive (and arguably well overdue) upgrade to Apple’s mobile phone camera. In fact, the upgrade was said to be the focal point of the iPhone 11’s somewhat controversial redesign – so the news actually comes as a big shock.
Apple have teamed up with Sony to develop the cutting edge tech, and the Japenese company recently boasted that the technology could 3D map anything within a range of 16 feet (5 meters). This is a huge difference to Apple’s existing tech, which only works on distances of up to half a meter (19 inches). In practical terms, this means an increase in the speed of camera focus (being close to instant), even in low light conditions. It could also be utilised in virtual and augmented reality – as the technology is also said to include advanced gesture tracking – which means a potentially huge impact on games that rely on this type of technology. Think user gestures for hand to hand combat or spell casting, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
With Apple’s flagship phones losing ground in recent years to both budget and flagship competitor phones, the truth is that this technology would have surely given the tech giant a huge edge in the increasingly saturated smartphone market, something that many would argue is sorely needed to justify the ever increasing prices of Apple’s flagship offerings.
The reasons for the technology’s exclusion isn’t, as one might expect, due to delays in production (in fact it was said to be ready to go this summer) but rather it is said that too many features would have had to be sacrificed to accommodate the inclusion of this new technology. Given that the iPhone 11 already appears to be somewhat underwhelming in terms of new features compared to the iPhone X (and the two phones are set to look almost identical to one another), it might be prudent for consumers to give the model a miss altogether.
Indeed, the news that Apple has decided not to include the technology in its upcoming flagship phone will come as a bitter blow – not just to consumers, but also to Apple’s partner’s, such as the firm’s UK based Quantum Dot partner, Nanoco, whose value plummeted from £93 million to just £24 million after the news was announced.
But unlike the Quantum Dot Image Sensor technology that Apple have supposedly ditched due to spiralling costs, the Sony developed ToF 3D camera technology is merely being held back for Apple’s next iPhone, which is set to be released in 2020. If you can be patient, you will no doubt be rewarded with something quite revolutionary. Sony’s Satoshi Yoshihara said of the tech that he expects it to revolutionise mobile phones in the way that the inclusion of cameras previously did, so that coupled with advances such as 5g, smaller notches and smarter sizing lines the 2020 iPhone to be a radical new update.
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