Apple is set to improve the LiDAR scanner in its upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models with a new supplier. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that Sony will replace Lumentum and WIN Semiconductors as the exclusive supplier for the Time-of-Flight (ToF) Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in the iPhone 15 Pro models. This move is expected to reduce power consumption or provide better ToF performance under the same power consumption.
From an article in GizmoChina by Soumyakanti.
This new technology is set to bring about significant improvements in the camera and potential augmented reality (AR) applications on the iPhone 15 Pro models. The new ToF VCSEL solution from Sony integrates VCSEL and driver IC, which means that the LiDAR scanner can offer better ToF performance and consume less power. This technology can significantly benefit Night Mode, low-light photography, and Cinematic mode.
This new ToF sensor, combined with the latest processor and display technology, could make the iPhone 15 Pro models the most power-efficient devices yet. This improvement is set to revolutionize the battery life of the iPhone 15 Pro models, as we have previously heard that Apple is working on a new A17 Bionic chip and a new display technology.
The rumors surrounding the iPhone 15 Pro models don’t end there. The devices are also expected to feature a new titanium finish and a periscope lens on the larger Pro iPhone, which could bring about even more significant improvements in the camera department.
Overall, Apple’s decision to switch to Sony as the exclusive supplier for the ToF VCSEL in the iPhone 15 models is expected to bring about significant improvements in the camera and AR applications while also reducing power consumption. According to a recent report, Apple will also bump up the RAM from 6GB to 8GB for the upcoming Pro models. With all these improvements, the iPhone 15 series could be Apple’s most impressive flagship phones yet.
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