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Tech & ScienceiPhone 11 could be packing Sony's 3D camera sensors

14:56  28 december  2018
14:56  28 december  2018 Source:   techradar.com

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The general manager of Sony ' s sensor business, Satoshi Yoshihara, says that several smartphone companies are interested in the chips, which is why the company has expanded production of the sensors . These sensors are expected to be employed on the rear-facing and front-facing 3 D

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Apple could be planning to bring more 3D trickery to the cameras in future iPhones, if media reports are to be believed. In particular, it said to be interested in the next-gen 3D sensors that Sony will make available in 2019.

That means the successors to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max could feature speedier face recognition, better depth effects for your photos, and some cool 3D modeling options that would come in useful for augmented reality apps – basically everywhere a 3D sensor could potentially be put to good use.

Sony hasn't confirmed exactly which companies are lining up to buy its 3D sensors, but Bloomberg believes Apple is among them. It would certainly fit with Apple's continued interest in augmented reality on its smartphones.

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Sony may provide Apple with image sensors for both the front and rear cameras in a future iPhone , according to a new report from Japanese business site Nikkei, which suggests that Apple and Sony are in negotiations that would double Sony ' s shipments to the Cupertino company in 2015.

This could change if Apple opts to use Sony ’ s new 48-megapixel camera sensor in future iPhone models. The sensor packs all those pixels onto a 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) unit. It uses the Quad Bayer color filter array where adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same color and make high-sensitivity


Next-gen 3D

"Cameras revolutionized phones, and based on what I've seen, I have the same expectation for 3D," Sony's head of Sony’s sensor division, Satoshi Yoshihara, told Bloomberg. "The pace will vary by field, but we're definitely going to see adoption of 3D. I'm certain of it."

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Smartphone makers could certainly use a few sales pegs to shift a few more units during 2019. As well as improved 3D photo features, keep your eyes open for 5G connectivity and foldable form factors to be among the innovations hitting the market during 2019.

If you're due an upgrade next year, you're going to have some serious flagships to pick from.

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The front-facing camera on the next year' s iPhone could have more in common with its always-superior rear camera , as Apple is reportedly in talks with Sony about supplying the parts. The two companies are in negotiations so that the 2015 iPhone

The 3 D sensor system will be different to the one found in the iPhone X' s front-facing camera , and is said Discussions with manufacturers are reportedly already underway, and include Infineon, Sony The addition of a rear-facing 3 D sensor could theoretically increase the ability for virtual objects to

The Honor View 20 is already using Sony's 'time of flight' sensor to allow you to scan objects in real time and have them come to life, although we've not seen how excited consumers are for these features.

Whether or not these new sensors will make it into the iPhone 11 and friends remains to be seen, but it would (for example) enable Face ID to work at longer distances and with greater accuracy.

We've also heard rumors Apple is working on upgraded 3D sensors of its own, so whichever way this year pans out we're almost certain to have new iPhones that go further into the third dimension than ever before.

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