Apple is working on 3D laser for the next iPhone

Apple to pack iPhone 8 with a rear-facing 3D laser

Citing a source familiar with Apple's plans, Fast Company reports that Apple's iPhone 8 will incorporate an advanced system of 3D lasers on the back created to enhance the user experience when running augmented reality apps. The latest rumor falls in line with the previous leaks that suggested that Apple wants to ensure that its upcoming iPhone 8 is compatible with all the modern-day features such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D face detection. These details and many others have come from "a source with knowledge of the situation", according to the news site.

A CNBC report claimed that iPhone 8 release could be delayed due to prolonged wait in shipments which can go up to 3 to 4 weeks. It all depends on whether Apple engineers can integrate the laser system into the phone in time, Fast Company reports.

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This aligns with Apple's prior announcement of ARKit during the WWDC event.

The 10th anniversary iPhone will reportedly feature a 3D laser system on the back.

VCSEL laser systems calculate the distance the light travels from the laser to the target and back to the sensor, and generate a Time of Flight (TOF) measurement.

While we've already seen how capable ARKit is on existing iPhone models, we can only imagine how much more seamless things will be with a more advanced camera system.

Essentially, the laser sends out beams of light that bounce off objects and help identify the depth of each object. Laser autofocus systems offer a faster and more accurate way of measuring objects in the frame compared to the more passive means used in iPhones now. Whereas for camera tech, the lens can better focus on a specific aspect of the filed of view.

Our source says Lumentum will be providing the bulk of the VCSEL lasers for the new iPhone, while Finisar and II-VI (pronounced "two-six") will contend for a smaller share.

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