Apple is rumoured to be involved in a ToF camera sensor in the iPhone 12 series, which will be released this year. 9to5Mac is said to have related company plans, including the TOF sensor, only in the iPhone 12 Pro series, according to the report.
The rumor is based on the code found in an internal structure of iOS 14. The iPhone 11 array points to the 2020 iPhone, code named “d5x”, which has made sense since it was codenamed “d4x”. Only two of all listed models have a ToF sensor that probably indicates that it is the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This means that these phones will come with a four-camera system that includes a primary shooter, a telephoto sensor and an ultra wide-angle shooter outside the ToF sensor.
Like the TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID on iPhones, the ToF sensor will have an IR sensor that allows it to produce 3D models of the subject in front of it. Although we’ve seen a few Android smartphones with ToF sensors released, none of them have been well used or offered a unique AR experience. Apple will use the ToF sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro in measure app to allow it to more accurately measure distance and other calculations.