According to Fast Company, insider sources have revealed that the upcoming iPhone will include a ‘Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser’, also known as a VCSEL, a type of camera scanning system that allows for better depth perception and auto-focus capabilities. Gathering accurate depth-of-field data allows for more realistic AR experiences, as the AR images can be more accurately placed within the environment.
The technology is said to cost roughly $2 (USD) per phone, and some sources are reporting that Apple has been acquiring the components for a VCSEL laser from various suppliers. The insider source claims that the VCSEL technology will be mounted in the back for the iPhone 8 to work alongside the rear camera.
This would certainly be a huge boost to the AR and VR segments.