According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple holds up to a two year lead on rival Qualcomm, when it comes to software and hardware development of accurate 3D sensing systems.
Qualcomm is the “most engaged” in developing 3D sensing systems for Android. However, Kuo doesn’t see integrated systems shipping until 2019 because of immature algorithms, and “design and thermal issues” associated with a variety of hardware reference designs.
In addition, Android device makers are taking a “wait and see” approach to 3D sensing technology. Some vendors are concerned that 3D sensing could be a nonstarter. Kuo believes that the reluctance to adopt the technology from Qualcomm will limit the use cases to Xiaomi’s 2018 flagship.
Most reports have indicated that Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones this year. Though two of them are thought to be LCD-based “iPhone 7s” models, which will come in 4.7- and 5.5-inches sizes. The “iPhone 8” has been rumored as having an edge-to-edge, 5.8-inch OLED screen, with sensors for 3D facial recognition, and possibly a front facing iris scanner.