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iPhone 12 Will Have ToF 3D Sensor; New Rumors Claim

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There is a fresh report which claims Apple is certain to include a 3D depth sensor in the rear camera setup in the iPhone 12 models to be released later this year. The prediction is that at least one of the models will have this hardware, possibly in the iPhone 12 Max Pro if the naming pattern of the models is maintained as in 2019. It has been revealed that a San Jose-based company Lumentum will provide the lasers for the new 3D depth sensor. Apple already has an association with this vendor for the front cameras in its iPhones. That is called the TrueDepth system that enables the Face ID, Animoji, etc.

More Accurate Than the True Depth System

It has to be clarified that the proposed system for the rear camera in the iPhones 2020 will feature a combination of time of flight measurement as well as the depth. This would be a tweak of the technology already in use. In that way, it is also predicted that while clicking long-distance images, this combination of ToF and depth-sensing will deliver very accurate results. That is one reason this camera is being described as the world-facing camera.

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Fast Company, which has reported this new development, says some of the special effects in the photography linked to the iPhones, like Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting mode will get a boost from this 3D sensor in the rear camera configuration. One of the features is to obtain a focus on the object being clicked while keeping the background separate. Some of the augmented reality (AR) based apps will start delivering better results with this new arrangement it is hoped.

Some of these features and camera functionalities may be already available on Samsung’s premium models like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and others.

As things stand, this is not a report written on stone. With Apple, it is mostly like this. However, based on certain hints earlier on the same subject, it does look credible that the iPhone 12 models will sport this ToF camera with the 3D sensor to go with it.

Elizabeth Kartini, She’s an apple product expert, worked as an Apple Authorized representative and a former physics & mathematics teacher for 2 years. Her experiences help formulated her interest and proficiency in writing as a journalist in the mobile technology industry. [email protected]

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iPhone 12 Release Schedule May Not be Impacted by the Current Crisis: Bloomberg

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  • Apple follows much longer scheduling for its products and will not have any issue with the launch.
  • Foxconn has had a rough Q4 2019 in terms of financial results; maybe even worse in Q1, 2020.
  • Apple’s products beyond the iPhone 12 could get impacted.

Dispelling most rumors which claimed that Apple may have to postpone the launch of its iPhone 12 and other models along with it this fall, a new report says there won’t be any change. This more or less confirms some other reports which had quoted supply chain sources, mainly Foxconn, to say that though production in their China factories was disrupted they have since resumed operations. On the argument that Foxconn may not be the only source for Apple, it is being pointed out that the US giant plans and implements its launch programs months and years in advance and this 2- or 3-month disturbance in China would not have a serious impact.

Foxconn Posts Reduced Profits for Q4 of 2019

Quoting the figures filed by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (which is the name of the company that is more popularly known as Foxconn), the report says the company’s performance had already taken a hit before the Coronavirus crisis occurred. The figures indicate that the company posted 24% less net income for the quarter of October to December 2019 as compared to the same quarter the previous year. There are no prizes for guessing what the figures will look like for the first quarter of this year January to March 2020.

The company is trying to broad-base its production facilities by setting up units in countries like India and Vietnam. This decision was taken even before the current Coronavirus crisis since the US-China trade stand-off had been affecting its business. The figures indicated above are mostly because of this issue, though the general slowing down of demand for smartphones has also been a reason. Foxconn draws a large portion of its revenue from Apple and the US company itself had been facing reverses. Hon Hai has indicated that its revenues will be hit hard in the first quarter.

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The current estimate is that some of the devices Apple has planned for 2021 may be delayed due to the disruptions in the manufacturing activities in China and many other parts of the world due to the pandemic. The situation in the US is assuming alarming proportions and there is uncertainty all around.

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iPhone orders expected to fall amid virus spread, 5G iPhone production postponed

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  • Demand for new iPhones may fall in the US and Europe markets.
  • iPhone 12 production slowed down by Apple amid virus spread.
  • Mixed reports are coming from different suppliers of components, making it difficult to predict anything.

According to a report published in Reuters on Friday, the Apple contractors are expecting a steep fall in demand for new iPhones amid virus spread. The world economy is under immense pressure because of the ongoing pandemic and its effects will affect demand as well. The corporations are already concerned over the loss of workforce, and now a decline in consumer demand has become an alarming issue.

Factories that produce devices and components for Apple in China are back in action; however, Apple is not sure how much demand will be there in the coming days for the current iPhone models. There are chances that if Apple launches a new iPhone in the coming months, the excitement Apple users show will be missing.

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Apple expecting to see fall in demand amid virus spread

Factories in China functional again but who will buy the iPhones?

Sources suggest that Apple is no longer worried about the manpower and material shortage in China. The main concern has shifted to the demand from the US and Europe. The virus spread adversely hits the western nations and in such situation, no company will expect a similar response to new devices in the market according to the sourced one company planned to move 70 million iPhone displays in 2020.

However, since the situation got worse across the globe, they have reduced that estimate to 58 million units already. One of the suppliers located in Malaysia said that things are changing course on day to day basis. It is getting harder to predict anything because of the disrupted supply chain.

What different agencies say about the behind-the-scene strategy of Apple?

A report from Nikkei claimed that Apple has decided to postpone a production ramp-up for iPhone 12 that is expected to come with 5G capabilities. The handset may see a fall launch, but the number of devices available will be much lesser than before. Apple is expected to postpone the typical launch cycle by months if the situation does not get better in the coming months. COVID-19 has resulted in strict travel restrictions that will play a significant role in delaying development.

As of now, the key suppliers of Apple components such as A-series chipmaker TSMC and Taiwanese PCB manufacturers are still expecting to have the usual release in the fall this year. Overall, the smartphone market is expecting a sudden fall in demand in the coming weeks. Though Apple is expecting up to 18% fall in demand in March 2020 quarter, the remaining year can bring a much scarier picture. Mixed reports are coming from across the supply chain, and the picture can get clearer after a few months once the situation comes under control.

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Apple expected to Come up with AR/VR Controller with iOS 14 in 2021 or 2022 and it’s Exciting

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  • Apple might launch an AR/VR headset in 2021 or 2022
  • HTC’s Viva hardware could be the base for testing as suggested by leaks
  • Geo-located crosswalk bowling game under testing near Apple Park
  • iOS 14 may have AR/VR centric apps and options

In recent years, Apple has shown a lot of interest in AR/VR technology. The company has worked extensively on frameworks like RealityKit and ARkit. The creative tools like Reality composers and Reality Converters along with hardware like LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro’s latest model make it evident that Apple has a lot planned for the future.

Recent reports suggested that Apple is planning to launch an AR/VR combination headset that may hit the market in 2021 or 2022. The recent leaks accessed by MacRumors indicate that these are not just rumors or “fan theories,” but Apple is indeed working on this project. The leaked build of iOS 14 is making rounds on the internet and has made AR/VR enthusiasts excited about the development.

The images show a generic-looking controller than reminds the shape and build of HTC’s Viva Focus Headset that was released in 2018. In 2017, Mark Gurman, who is with Bloomberg, reported that the engineers from Apple were using HTC Viva hardware for internal testing. Though the generic controller is more like the HTC controller, those who are familiar with the gadgets by Apple believe that the actual product will be a polished one.

Where is Apple developing the AR/VR controller?

The leaked information on the controller also contains a geo-located crosswalk bowling game. The users can trigger the game at an intersection near “Mathilda 3,” which is an Apple office at 555 N Mathilda Ave in Sunnyvale, California. It allows users to access the game and play bowling using the crosswalk as a lane. There are rumors that Apple is developing an AR/VR headset at Apple Park that only a few miles from Mathilda 3.

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Basic design of Apple controller

A few weeks back, some reports came out about iOS 14 that had some information about an AR app “GOBI.” It is believed that the company is using this application along with the QR codes to test augmented reality experiences. The codes trigger experiences associated with Mac Pro, Starbucks, Apple Watch, Apple Store and a movie poster.

What are the possible hurdles in the development because of the pandemic?

All the information that is coming out about iOS 14 suggests that Apple is heavily investing in the AR/VR project. The development is slower than expected and as the ongoing pandemic has forced a lot of tech companies to either halt or slow down their future projects and hence AR/VR headset may take longer than the company anticipated. The engineers at Apple are mostly working from home at the moment which is also a major setback for the company as information sharing between teams is slower than usual.

AR/VR technology has a bright future and in the coming years, more companies are going to invest in the technology. From travel to real estate and from education to the movie experience, AR/VR technology can make life much simpler and easier. Apple would not want to miss the opportunity and hopefully, they launch the controller with iOS 14.

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