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Bad news for the 2018 iPhone

by Brandon Russell | October 31, 2017October 31, 2017 3:00 pm PST

One of the iPhone X’s most important innovations is its TrueDepth camera, which allows users to unlock the device using just their face. Turns out, the new camera system will remain exclusive to the front of the device for the foreseeable future.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple will allegedly keep the TrueDepth camera on the front of the device as it resolves manufacturing hurdles.

Kuo said:

While we agree that a rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing can potentially provide more augmented reality (AR) applications, we note that Apple needs to quickly resolve two issues if it wants 2H18F iPhone to have a rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing, namely: (1) the development of AI and ARKit software and an ecosystem, which takes time; and (2) achieving stable shipments and on-time shipping, which are challenging due to the higher spec requirements of rear TrueDepth camera.

In the lead up to this Friday’s iPhone X launch, there have been multiple reports claiming production of the device has been hampered by the complex TrueDepth camera system. Adding that same system, or something similar, to the rear of next year’s iPhone release would complicate matters even further.

There have been a few early rumors that say Apple plans to bring both the TrueDepth camera and OLED displays to its entire iPhone lineup next year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like the company’s groundbreaking camera system will migrate to the back of the device—at least for now.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.