Apple may have just released the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but reports are already turning to what’s coming next year. In addition to the possibility of a smaller notch, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the company will release a feature that will destroy the Android competition
According to Kuo, the 2019 iPhone will come equipped with a more advanced TrueDepth camera, making Face ID better than ever. Apparently, Apple has engineered a new flood illuminator that will lower the impact of invisible light, thus improving Face ID’s precision and reliability.
In devices like the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the flood illuminator helps identify your face even in low light.
We believe that Apple will raise the output power of the flood illuminator VCSEL to lower the impacts from invisible lights of environment in order to improve the Face ID user experience. The higher power VCSEL with higher ASP needs increased requirements of design and production, increased materials for array design, and longer testing times. Therefore, the VSCEL supply chain can add higher value.
The TrueDepth camera has been a staple of Apple’s iPhone line since last year, with all three iPhone models this year featuring the advanced biometrics. Apple also introduces the feature to its new iPad Pro—the difference is Face ID on Apple’s tablet can work in both portrait and landscape orientations.
If Apple can improve Face ID even more, it’ll see the company take an even bigger lead when it comes to facial unlocking, which no other Android competitor has been able to match. It remains to be seen if the face unlock feature in Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro can compete with Face ID.
Clearly, Face ID is a major part of the iPhone line and it sounds like it’ll continue to play an important role for years to come.
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