Back in 2013, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Introduced the iPhone 5s, with a touch screen digital ID scanner. The caller ID was a big problem and many smartphone manufacturers rushed to implement similar functions, which proved to be a solution for fingerprint detection solutions manufacturers.
Then, in November 2017, Apple began selling its Ultrapremium iPhone X X. The iPhone X was completely eliminated with Touch ID (although rumors circulated that Apple had tried (and failed) to implement a fingerprint scan scan under the screen) and replace it with a technology called Face ID.
Face ID uses a deep sensor front camera – Apple calls it a TrueDepth camera – to implement face recognition in 3D. (That is why, unlike some other facial recognition implementations, Apple can not be "counterfeit" for things like images).
According to the respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with TF International Securities (through MacRumors), Apple has a very interesting route map of technologies for 3D detection technologies of the iPhone in the next two years. Let's take a look.
Update updated for 2019
Kuo claims that in all iPhones next year – this means that the successors of the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the lowest cost XR iPhone will incorporate an updated TrueDepth camera. (It seems that Apple has reused the TrueDepth camera from iPhone X in this year's models, with improvements in speed from improved hardware processing).
"We believe that Apple will take the output power of the VCSEL flood light [vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser] to lower the impacts of the invisible lights of [the] environment to improve the user experience of Face ID, "wrote Kuo.
Apparently, this should be good news for investors in the VCSEL component suppliers, because the "VCSEL of greater power with greater [average selling price] It needs higher requirements for design and production, increased materials for matrix design and longer test times, "said Kuo.
Apple made it clear that it was all in Face ID with the launch of the iPhone X. Subsequently, the technology grew more through its stack of products for iPhone (all new iPhones in 2018 had, compared to only one of the three models in 2017) and its latest tablets of iPad Pro. It is not surprising that you are putting your great power in research and development. The company spent 14.2 billion dollars in R & D during its fiscal 2018, 23% more than the previous year – to improve technology.
More than TrueDepth by 2020
According to Kuo, Apple will not add 3D detection capabilities to rear camera systems of iPhones launched in 2019. However, it believes that this capacity will reach the iPhones that will be released the following year, through a so-called solution of "time of flight "(ToF).
ToF, MacRumors explains, "is designed to determine the distance between objects by measuring the flight time of a light or laser signal between the camera and the subject at each point in the image." Kuo explained that adding this capacity to iPhones 2020 "will create the new one [augmented reality] Experience and improve the quality of the photo. "
In addition, the analyst hopes that this implementation of ToF "may adopt the VCSEL wavelength exceeding 1,000 nm (compared to the current ID of 935-945 nm) for better system design and user experience."
Apple seems to be investing a lot in the augmented reality and the quality of smartphone cameras is important for potential buyers. Given these factors, the addition of a depth detection ToF solution in the rear cameras of the iPhones 2020 is exciting.
Ashraf Eassa has no position in any of the mentioned stocks. The Motley Fool has actions and Apple recommends. The Motley Fool has the following options: from January 2020 to calls from $ 150 to Apple and short of January 2020 from 155 calls to Apple. Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.