Apple to Launch New 3D System on iPads, iPhones

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a new 3D system on its mobile hardware. The company has been working on a new 3D system for several years that will be key to its upcoming AR headsets and AR glasses.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to introduce the new 3D system first on a new iPad Pro as early as the first half of 2020, and it will essentially be a more advanced version of Face ID.

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The new 3D system will feature two camera sensors and a small hole for the 3D system on the new iPad Pro. It will allow users to create 3D reconstructions of their rooms, objects, and people. It’s not clear exactly how the new 3D system will be used for the AR headsets or glasses.

Apple plans to later bring the 3D system to iPhones near the end of 2020, which are also expected to feature 5G capabilities.

Cupertino has around 1,000 engineers working on its AR and VR plans, and it’s even working on a new operating system for its AR devices called rOS internally. The new 3D sensor system is expected to “underpin” the company’s range of new AR and VR devices, which aren’t expected to arrive till 2022.

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  • dontbeevil

    12 November, 2019 - 4:14 am

    <p>still no important security news like this</p><p></p>

    • michael_babiuk

      12 November, 2019 - 11:57 am

      <blockquote><a href="#488174"><em>In reply to dontbeevil:</em></a><em> You know, the engadget article you quoted details a few ways to avoid the consequences of this bug. (spoiler alert: My MacBook Air-retina laptop uses the T2 chip which uses hardware assisted whole disk encryption and as by product of this feature – which I use – disables this bug. There are also numerous "work arounds" detailed in this article – and other articles that I have read online – which demonstrates other work-arounds, for example using a Terminal window to type in a simple one line command.)</em></blockquote><blockquote><em>This is a bug but it is not as "important" as you make it out to be. But I am glad that publications report this issue – if for no other reason than to see if my own systems are open to security breaches.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

    • Greg Green

      16 November, 2019 - 11:38 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#488174">In reply to dontbeevil:</a></em></blockquote><p>Why do you consider that important? How many apple products do you own?</p>

  • Daekar

    12 November, 2019 - 6:20 am

    <p>If Apple democratizes 3D scanning good enough for nice 3D prints, it might be enough to make me switch. Damn sure nobody else is doing it. </p>

    • bob_shutts

      12 November, 2019 - 11:21 am

      <blockquote><a href="#488177"><em>In reply to Daekar:</em></a><em> Curious. What is a 3D print?</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • glenn8878

    12 November, 2019 - 10:23 am

    <p>Does this mean 3D selfies? 3D video blogs? 3D Kim Kardashian?</p>


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