Wait for Better Cameras
According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to put laser-powered time-of-flight 3D cameras on the iPhone which will lead to big improvements to Augmented Reality (AR) on the iPhone.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman states that the iPhone's new 3D camera "will give the phone a better sense of where it is in physical space, improving the accuracy of object placement in augmented-reality apps, which overlay virtual images on the real world."
Analysis from JP Morgan's Samik Chatterjee echoes these rumors. So does a report from Digitimes and a report from Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo believes only two of the three 2020 iPhone models will feature this technology on board.
This assertion has been backed up by leaked iOS 14 code from 9to5Mac. According to the code, only the iPhone 12 Pro models will feature the time-of-flight sensor.
Kuo thinks the 2020 iPhones will come with the same ultra-wide lens design that's found on the 2019 models.
In a more recent note, Kuo says the 6.7-inch 2020 iPhone will also feature sensor-shift image stabilization.
A Fast Company report goes into detail about the iPhone 12's "world-facing" 3D camera. The camera is "actually a laser, sensor, and software system" that emits light to measure the distance between the phone and the objects and surfaces in front of it.
In addition to new AR experiences, the camera will reportedly enable new photo and video effects.
We're also hearing that the 2020 iPhone models could have optical image stabilization in all three rear camera sensors. The 2020 iPhones also are said to have improved photo capturing tools on board.
We've also heard, via EverythingApplePro and XDA's Max Weinbach, that Apple might bring Night Mode support to the wide-angle, telephoto lens, and the front-facing camera.
A report from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O'Malley, and Baylie Harri suggests that Face ID will improve thanks to these changes. Unfortunately, the report doesn't go into specifics.
If you aren't thrilled with the cameras on the iPhone 11 models, or the cameras on older versions of the iPhone, or you're interested in a new 3D camera system and improved Face ID, think about waiting.