Apple Reportedly Working with Sony’s Camera Sensor Division for iPhone 11
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  • Sony may be responsible for providing Apple with 3D imaging technology for the upcoming iPhone 11.
  • The technology could allow for better face recognition, AR features, and 3D modeling.
  • Other features expected in the next iPhone include 5G connectivity and better wireless charging.

With 2018 coming to a close, Apple enthusiasts and market analysts alike are trying to uncover hints that may suggest what the next iPhone could be packing. According to various media reports. Apple is currently working with Sony to bring revolutionary 3D sensors that will be packed into the next-gen iPhone.

The iPhone XS and XS Max have not been too successful in the market with the iPhone XR being the most successful of Apple’s trio of releases this year. In Apple’s iOS 12 reveal conference, the tech giant revealed that the future of its mobile operating system lies in augmented reality and the adoption of a 3D-camera can definitely offer a bunch of AR features in the next iPhone.

Satoshi Yoshihara, who is the head of Sony’s sensor division revealed “Cameras revolutionized phones, and based on what I’ve seen, I have the same expectation for 3D. The pace will vary by field, but we’re definitely going to see adoption of 3D. I’m certain of it.”

3D has been a miss so far in the consumer electronics market despite its success in the movie industry. Aside from the Nintendo 3DS, there have been very few successful portable devices, and Apple may change that with its upcoming flagship iPhone. Other than 3D and more augmented reality features, we can expect 5G connectivity also to be a part of 2019’s lineup of iPhones.

Apple is not the first company to partner with Sony in recent times. The Japanese company’s expertise has been a part of the Honor View 20 by Huawei, which uses a Sony sensor capable of scanning objects in real-time. Currently, there is no confirmation if the 3D technology will be making it to 2019’s iPhones or if it will be adopted at all. Apple is known to explore a large number of ideas and files patents that never make it to its consumer products.

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