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Analysts from Barclays are out with a new investor note, in which they predict that Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup will include upgraded Face ID sensors, among other changes. The analysts also corroborate claims made by Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to the Barclays note obtained by CNBC, the iPhone 12 lineup will include “refreshed” Face ID. What exactly this means is unclear, but theoretically it could imply that Apple will upgrade the TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID with improved performance.
The iPhone 11 featured improved Face ID performance as well, but that was primarily due to changes in iOS 13 rather than hardware upgrades. Apple touted faster Face ID performance as one of the tentpole iOS 13 features, which means those improvements also came to older devices like the iPhone XS.
In addition to improved Face ID, the analysts say Apple will add time-of-flight 3D sensors to the back of the high-end iPhone 12 models. Time-of-flight sensing technology is similar to the infrared TrueDepth system used for Face ID, which enables Face ID. Adding such a 3D-sensing system to the back camera would enable higher-fidelity 3D photo captures. Time-of-flight sensors could improve photo quality from the iPhone camera, as well as offer new augmented reality features.
As CNBC notes, time-of-flight sensors are already used in some high-end Android flagships, including the Galaxy Note 10+:
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