If there is one company that can bring VR and AR to mainstream users, it’s Apple. Apple is reportedly working on iPhones with a more-powerful 3D camera, which could arrive as soon as next year. If a Bloomberg report is anything to go by, the company’s push into augmented reality (AR) could lead to major improvements in iPhone camera lined up for 2019 and 2020.
People familiar with the matter said that the rear-facing 3D camera will be able to scan the environment to create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world. It will also be powerful enough to operate up to about 15 feet from the device compared to the current 25 to 50 centimeters that powers Apple’s Face ID feature.
The new camera uses a laser scanner and not the existing dot-projection technology. You could also experience a third, more advanced camera, better photo-capturing tools and a more powerful chip in coming generations of iPhones, the report added.