Apple's made no secret of its interest in augmented reality, and the upcoming iPhone 8 release gives the company an opportunity to integrate those features into its phones. These details and many others have come from "a source with knowledge of the situation", according to the news site. Currently, ARKit uses the iPhone camera to picture and measure the real world. VCSEL laser systems are specifically created to calculate the distance to an object and generate accurate measurements, and consist of the laser source along with a lens, sensor, and processor, but as sophisticated as the system sounds, sources suggest that it would only cost around $2 per iPhone to implement.
VCSEL laser systems calculate the distance the light travels from the laser to the target and back to the sensor, and generate a Time of Flight (TOF) measurement.
The rumors regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone seems never-ending. The system consists of the source laser, a lens, a sensor and a processor.
While we've already seen how capable ARKit is on existing iPhone models, we can only imagine how much more seamless things will be with a more advanced camera system.
Current iPhones use something called "focus pixels", which is also known as phase detection. The laser sends out light beams that bounce off objects and return to the sensor to indicate the precise depth of field of each. Whereas for camera tech, the lens can better focus on a specific aspect of the filed of view. For this advanced feature, the Cupertino giant has reportedly tapped Lumentum, Finisar and II-VI as its suppliers of the needed sensors. Also, the authenticity of this information as questionable since it comes from unofficial sources.