According to a new report from Barclays, Apple is planning to bring it’s True Tone display to all three iPhone models of 2017. The note says that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and the iPhone Edition will feature the True Tone technology, first introduced in the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.
The report reveals further information regarding the 3D sensors that Apple is rumored to be bringing to the iPhone Edition for facial recognition and Augmented Reality features.
The note reveals that the new iPhones introduced this year will feature a “full spectral sensing” ambient light sensor, enabling the True Tone tech on the display. Further it is said that Australian semi-conductor manufacturer AMS will supply the sensors.
The True Tone display was first introduced in the iPad Pro 9.7-inch last year and this was differentiating feature between the 9.7 inch and the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. It was expected that the True Tone display would make it to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, but Apple didn’t include the feature and decided to reserve the features for its next iteration of the iPhone.
The True tone display tech is a very useful feature and works very well. For example, in a room with yellow-orange light, an iPhone without the True Tone display looks blue whereas the iPad Pro 9.7-inch with the tech looks noticeably whiter.
Therefore, Apple seems to be focusing on improving the displays this year. We already heard that the iPhone Edition will be sporting an OLED-display. Thus, the combination of an OLED and True Tone tech will make the iPhone display the best in class and make it stand out from the competition.
Here is an excerpt from the Barclays notes:
The key to Apple’s 3D sensing ambitions will, in our view, be two structured light cameras, one each on the front and back. This shift represents a change from our earlier assumption of a structured light camera on the front and advanced depth mapping Time-of-Flight sensor on the rear (for detail on the characteristics of such parts, please see the Appendix). We now think the 3D sensing for facial recognition (front) and augmented reality (rear) will be conducted via two custom modules, with ams/Heptagon providing significant content on the transmit side and STMicro on the receive side.
The report also adds that the device will feature two custom 3D sensors with structural light cameras on both the sides of the device.