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2018 iPhone models unlikely to come with rear-facing TrueDepth camera

By Michael Low & Cookie Monster - on 2 Nov 2017, 10:00am

2018 iPhone models unlikely to come with rear-facing TrueDepth camera

The iPhone X is not even out in the market yet, but the rumor mill has already shifted its attention to the 2018 iPhone.

In his latest research note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared that the TrueDepth camera system is unlikely to be integrated with the rear camera module of the iPhone next year. Having struggled with production issues for the iPhone X due to the 3D sensor components, Apple's focus for 2018 will be to ensure sufficient supplies of iPhone models at launch.

Kuo: "Based on aforementioned assumptions, we do not expect 2H18F iPhones to come with rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing, contrary to market expectations. While we agree that a rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing can potentially provide more augmented reality (AR) applications, we note that Apple needs to quickly resolve two issues if it wants 2H18F iPhones to have a rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing, namely: (1) the development of AI and ARKit software and an ecosystem, which takes time; and (2) achieving stable shipments and on-time shipping, which are challenging due to the higher spec requirements of rear TrueDepth camera." 

Since the TrueDepth system is estimated to maintain Apple's lead over the competition for up to 2.5 years, the company is expected to focus on other specs upgrade for the 2018 iPhone models.

Source: MacRumors.