About eight months left for Apple's next iPhone launch. But exchange of reputation is already underway with heating. The latest claim on Apple's upcoming iPhones is that the manufacturer will make a Lightning plug and build a triple camera in its largest model.
If we want to start from the rumors and the latest Apple launches, the Lightning plug lives on borrowed time. Since the first "new" MacBook models with USB-C connectors arrived in 2015 and 2016, it was speculated that Apple will align the connectors and introduce the same standard in phones.
Now, Bloomberg reports that Apple tries prototypes of today's iPhones with the USB-C connector at the bottom, given the possible change in the standard.
This means that it is necessary to replace the entire mountain of cables and accessories, but at the same time there is a large amount of other cables and chargers that will suddenly work with Apple's phones.
Triple camera in the biggest iPhone
Apple already has a 3D camera on the front of the latest generation of iPhones. However, the TrueDepth face-lock camera on phones is not designed for remote use. The main camera is probably duplicate on Xs models but basically does not record 3D information.
Where there is an infrared so-called structural light that helps the front cameras of today's iPhones to collect depth information, the laser sensor helps with the new camera solution.
Bloomberg expects the camera to debut this year's biggest iPhone model, or to make a leap in the new generation of iPada Pro. The tablet also expects there will be no updates this year, but in 2020. Last year's iPad Pro updates was the most extensive update of this series so far since it was launched.
Part of the investment in AR
Apple is already working hard on expanded reality, the so-called AR. Where you can direct the camera to the surface and put information at the top of the screen. For example, AR solutions allow you to see how the empty room will look when it is fully set up or may contain information such as traffic signs and metering bar at the top of the screen.
Perhaps the most spectacular area of application for AR is in games where Lego, for example, has to build kits that can become part of the game on the mobile screen.
But none of Apple's phones has so far had camera adaptation specifically adapted to the technology. Telephones and tablets with only one camera were fine, along with information from other sensors such as the gyroscope and accelerometer within the product.
Since Apple is switching to laser in such a solution, the camera should be able to read 3D information up to 4.5 meters.
Reminds Google Tango Project
If the strategy becomes a reality, it reminds a little of Google's old Tango project, where there was also a comprehensive 3D camera solution that provided an unusually high precision. But none of the phones that had the system became big sellers, and Tango has been closed so far.
In addition to offering new AR features, such a camera update can also provide greater opportunities for regular photography.
The software that processes captured photos becomes more and more important at this time, as evidenced by Google's HDR + image processing and Huawei nightmares that appeared in the P20 and Mate 20 Pro models last year. The portrait mode in which the background is unclear is also an example of this.
But such features often benefit from more and better sensors on the back of the phone.
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