Apple’s 2019 iPhones are making waves in the rumor mills, with many reports claiming that the company will introduce a triple-camera setup for the first time next year. News out of South Korea hints that the module will be a step ahead of the TrueDepth Camera found in the iPhone X.
The main reason behind this push for an extra camera is augmented reality. Apple clearly thinks AR’s going places and it wants its iPhones to be leaders in the field. ETNews reports that a Korean company called JSCK is working on a 3D sensing module for the 2019 iPhones.
2019 iPhone Plans
The work appears to be in its early stages right now. If all goes well, Apple may even sign a contract with JSCK to assemble the entire camera module. On the other hand, if things don’t turn out well, the effort could go to waste since the iPhone maker isn’t willing to commit to anything right now.
The 3D sensor is complicated and requires extreme precision, hence the difficulty. The current aim is to finalize the development by early next year and begin mass production by the end of Q2 2019 or the start of Q3 2019. JSCK could win 30% of the project if it manages to meet all of Apple’s requirements.
LG Innotek is the other major name said to be in the running for developing 3D sensors for the triple-camera array. There aren’t a lot of details about the module in the report, but it does mention that Apple won’t be using infrared (IR) as a light source this time.
The TrueDepth camera system uses IR, but the technology has a limited range. The rear lenses in the 2019 iPhone need to have a wider range if they want to properly render AR objects in the real world.