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2019 iPhone Will Fight Samsung with Laser AR

How does Apple plan to combat Samsung's next Notes and Galaxy phones? With frickin' lasers, that's how.

A new report suggests 2019 iPhones will feature an additional sensor on the phone's rear side that will add augmented reality abilities via three-dimensional scanning.

A Bloomberg report states that the new laser sensors will differ from the TrueDepth sensor on the iPhone X that makes Animoji and Face ID possible. That's because it will use "a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional picture of the environment." And yes, you're not reading that wrong, it most certainly sounds like how Batman scanned rooms in The Dark Knight.

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So why 2019? This is likely because testing is currently "still in early stages" and that Apple is in the beginning stages of talks with companies — which include Sony and Panasonic — who could supply the new sensors.

In our iPhone X review, we noted that while Animoji are a fun novelty, they appeared to be a mere preview of Apple's grander AR plans.

Recent reports have pointed to all of Apple's 2018 smartphones featuring the notch-style iPhone X design, and that the company plans to go all-in on AR, with a headset that contains its own operating system planned for 2020.