Next generation iPhones to feature more powerful illuminator for fewer failed Face ID unlocks

2019 iPhone models will feature a more powerful flood illuminator to make Face ID less prone to environmental light interference, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, 9to5Mac reports.

The upgrade should result in less fewer failed unlocks, the report says. It should also be good news for Apple’s primary Face ID hardware suppliers IQE, Lumentum, and Win Semi.

Kuo previously suggested that the TrueDepth IR features will not be included in the iPhone’s rear camera in 2019, and has now further predicted that the rear-camera integration will first be launched in an iPad, before being added to the iPhone a generation later.

The next iPad will be released in Q4 2019 or Q1 2020, Kuo says, and will likely include Apple’s new “Time of Fly” 3D modeling technology, which could then reach the iPhone in 2020. A new iPad mini is also expected to be launched, but without the new 3D camera features.

Apple announced the iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max in September. The Verge reports they feature faster Face ID performance due to a faster secure enclave and algorithmic improvements.

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