The iPhone X hasn't been the market for two weeks yet and there's already rumors swirling for the 2019 iPhone.
According to a Bloomberg report, sources said that Apple is working to have a rear-facing, laser-based 3D sensor system for the 2019 iPhone. By shooting out enough lasers, it would be possible to accurately map a room or detect various objects in three dimensions.
This would be an entirely new technology that's completely different from the TrueDepth camera system that's now on the front notch of the iPhone X. The TrueDepth sensor system uses 30,000 infrared laser dots to map out a user's face to accurately generate a 3D image. The 3D sensors help in creating a three-dimensional map of the user's face, which is why hackers have to go through a lot of hoops to try to trick Face ID security. The 3D sensor would work by firing lasers out of the device and measuring the time it takes for the reflection to get back. This could change in 2019 with the appearance of a special sensor that uses a time-of-flight approach to constructing 3D images.
The good news though, Apple will keep the TrueDepth system and what that means is that 2019 iPhones will have both front and rear-facing 3-D sensing capabilities. With this planned 3D sensor, Apple could solve those issues. The current tech available via ARKit can place digital objects onto real-world settings, as long as there's a flat surface around. Some firms that manufacture time-of-flight sensors include Infineon Technologies AG, Sony, STMicroelectronics NV and Panasonic.
Apple's plan with this new 3D sensor is to enable more advanced augmented reality apps for future iPhones.
In any case, even more powerful support for augmented reality in the iPhone will nudge Apple into the future that Cook believes in for the company.