Our first hints at how next- and future-gen iPhones will be different

“The iPhone X has only been shipping for a few weeks, but already we’re starting to learn what capabilities future iPhones may hold,” Christina Bonnington writes for Slate. “Oft-accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicts that next year we’ll see three new iPhones, all of which will include TrueDepth camera-sensor technology. The new models are said to include an iPhone X follow-up and a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X–style handset. The third model, while like the iPhone X in appearance, would have a traditional LCD display instead of an OLED display. It’s also expected to come in at the typical iPhone price point of $649–$749.”

“With this tactic, Apple also gets its augmented reality–optimized phone into a greater number of hands before expanding the capability even further in 2019. Right now, Apple is limited. All those 3-D image-rendering augmented reality applications are only feasible with the front-facing camera,” Bonnington writes. “In coming years, however, Apple will expand its depth-sensing technology to the rear-facing camera, too.”

“According to Bloomberg, Apple is experimenting with a different laser-based method for bringing 3-D sensing to the iPhone’s rear camera,” Bonnington writes. “Set for inclusion in the 2019 iPhone, the method would use time-of-flight to calculate how long it takes for a laser to bounce off the objects in a scene and then use that information to build a 3-D image. With depth-sensing technology built into both of the phone’s cameras, the opportunity for game-changing augmented-reality applications grows exponentially.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The reality of the future will be augmented.

Apple working on rear-facing 3D time-of-flight sensor for 2019 iPhone – November 14, 2017
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple working on 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ for late 2018 launch – November 13, 2017


  1. Sounds dour to me. As culture more and more uses digital for personal connections, augmentation further dislocates humans from reality. That sounds so healthy and essential to well-being. No need for /s here.

  2. Reminds me of the old Stallone movie “Demolition Man”. He was dropped into the future and mentions having sex with the girl. She freaks out about “actually toutching each other and messy” instead of virtually.
    Not too far from that being the case. Not good. Not good at all.

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