Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro’s triple-lens camera was a huge photography improvement for the smartphone maker when it was announced last September. Now it looks like Apple’s latest photographic innovation could come in the form of a 3D camera.

Fast business reports that one of the iPhones that will debut this year will have a rear-facing or “world-facing” 3D camera system. This type of camera system would allow better effects on photos and videos, as well as enhanced augmented reality features.

The 3D camera system would use time-of-flight sensors to emit a light capable of measuring the distance between the phone and anything in front of it. The images would have a 3D appearance, making the photos stand out from the screen.

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While Apple already uses depth cameras for Face ID and its Animojis, a rear-facing system would be the first of its kind to be included in an iPhone. Rear-facing depth cameras are already appearing in phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Samsung Galaxy S20 +, as well as many other smartphones.

The new system has the potential to work in tandem with Apple’s other camera effects, such as the slow motion feature and Portrait mode.

Digital Trends has reached out to Apple for comment on the 3D camera rumors. We will update this story when we have a response.

Prolific TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted this feature last July, saying that future versions of the iPhone will have rear cameras that will allow phones to determine how far away things are.

Kuo – who is somewhat of an oracle when it comes to iPhone predictions – predicted in December that four of the five iPhones would support 5G, according to MacRumors. It also anticipates the debut of the iPhone SE2 in the first half of this year, which will feature a 4.7-inch LCD screen and single-lens rear camera, but no 5G support.

The other four models, which Kuo calls the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, are said to have 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch OLED displays and either a dual lens or a triple display, respectively. . rear lens camera – all with 5G support. These would be Apple’s first devices with 5G compatibility.

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