Apple may include 3D camera with 2020 iPhone, 2019 models in testing with triple rear cameras and USB-C


We’ve recently seen a couple of leaks that may show off Apple’s iPhone 11 that’s coming later this year, but today a new report is focusing on what Apple has planned for 2020.

Apple is planning a new 3D rear camera for its new iPhones next year, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The camera will reportedly scan the environment up to 15 feet away and “create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world.” The current iPhone’s front 3D camera works at a distance around 25 to 50 centimeters for Face ID scanning.

This new 3D rear camera is said to include a laser scanner and will improve the iPhone’s augmented reality function. It may also help to make the iPhone take photos that better capture depth. Today’s report says that Apple previously planned to put this new 3D camera system in its 2019 iPhone models, but decided to delay them to next year.

As for what 2019 holds, Apple is said to be planning follow-ups to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, codenamed D42 and D43, respectively, as well as an  updated iPhone XR. The iPhone XS Max successor will allegedly have three rear cameras on its backside, up from two on the XS and XS Max. This third sensor will help the phone capture a larger field of view and offer a wider range of zoom. It’ll apparently also capture more pixels so that the iPhone software can “automatically repair a video or photo to fit in a subject that may have been accidentally cut off.”

Also said to be coming to this year’s iPhone models is an upgraded processor and an improved Face ID sensor. Apple is reportedly testing some versions of the 2019 iPhones with a USB-C port instead of Lightning. The overall design of the new phones is said to be similar to the current models, though. Bigger changes are planned for as early as 2020 to allow for 5G support.

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