Apple iPhone 12 Pro models to sport 3D ToF cameras
Apple's iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are likely to offer better portrait photography and enhanced AR capabilities, thanks to a dedicated 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera, according to a code found in iOS 14. The code highlights that two of the new iPhone models will come with the same ToF sensor that has debuted on the iPad Pro 2020 models.
Here's what we learnt from the iOS 14 code snippet
The iOS 14 code has details about new iPhones with the codename "d5x". These models should belong to the iPhone 12 line-up, considering the 2019's iPhone 11-series was identified as "d4x". The code further reveals that only two of these new iPhones will sport a built-in time-of-flight camera, suggesting the premium iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max variants will get this new sensor.
ToF camera will improve portrait photography and AR capabilities
With the ToF sensor, the camera will be able to create an accurate 3D map of the subject and thus offer better portrait photos with sharper edges and cleaner bokeh effect. Moreover, the 3D camera will bring significant improvements to the Measure app and other AR games, while also enabling more use-cases for the AR app that Apple is developing for iOS 14.
What else do we know about the iPhone 12 series?
According to previous leaks, the new Apple flagships will also come with an upgraded rear camera. The main 12MP sensor may get upgraded to a 64MP sensor and the aperture of the 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens will be increased from f/1.8 to f/1.6. The iPhone 12 series should also sport 120Hz OLED screens, bigger batteries, 5G connectivity, and support the latest 802.11ay Wi-Fi standard.
A new design is also on the cards
A recent iPhone 12 concept render revealed that the notch will be relatively smaller, and the edges will also be shaved off to offer increased screen real-estate. The word is that Apple is looking to shrink the Face ID setup by adopting a periscope module.