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iOS 14 filters that only the iPhone 12 Pro will have a ToF 3D sensor

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The editors of 9to5mac have discovered in the internal code of iOS 14 a series of evidences that confirm that Apple is working on three new models of iPhone 12 with the same sensor in the rear camera.

But only the iPhone 12 Pro models (iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max) will have the technology ToF (Time of Flight).

This will form part of a marketing strategy that will allow the company lower the costs of the iPhone 12 model to offer a more economical solution to consumers. While, on the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models will be aimed at consumers willing to pay a higher price.

We have already seen this strategy on other occasions, but with different hardware elements, such as with the dual camera of the iPhone X, with the OLED screen of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max or the triple lens camera of the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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The evidence found in iOS 14 on the iPhone 12 line of 2020

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The new camera setup will include a 3D ToF (Time of Flight) sensor, a wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. The ToF sensor is intended for the creation of software for augmented reality.

One of the main novelties of iOS 14, in fact, will be a new native Apple application based on augmented reality. An app that allows users to receive information about objects and the environment around them by pointing the camera of their mobile phones at any point.

These are the evidences found in the iOS 14 code:

  • The iOS 14 code includes details on new iPhones under the code name "d5x".
  • It is probably the new iPhone of 2020, since the iPhone 11 model line is identified with the code name "d4x".
  • Only two of these new models are listed with a Time of Flight sensor.
  • In theory, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models will have a camera with a ToF sensor.

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The functions of Time of Flight technology

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The ToF sensor will have a infrared light projector, one similar to the one currently incorporated in the TrueDepth sensors of the iPhone X camera and later models for Face ID facial recognition functions.