so close yet so far
Absent on the rear of the iPhone 11 is a laser depth scanner. That's pretty concerning — these depth kits need to ship, and soon. They need to be miniaturized for wearables, and that will take time.
And... that new R-series motion coprocessor appears to not be shipping. This is a significant setback. The iPhone 11 is yet another minor upgrade — Apple is now on a 3 year cycle.
Not only is Apple not shipping new AR depth sensor kits, they're not shipping new localization and mesh network capabilities too. This pushes back their AR ambitions.
You have to look at the AR sensors through the lens of what Apple has accomplished with Neural Engine NN accelerators. These are platforms that unlock new capabilities — they're not simply improvements.
Apple's car and wearable ambitions only work once these sensors are shipping in every device. For Tesla, their Autopilot step-change was in designing NN accelerators in-house. Apple is there too — but they also need the sensors.
That's what makes an Ultra-wideband chipset in iPhones so interesting. UWB and depth lasers mean mapping the entire world, sharing high-accuracy AR 'cloud' presence, and building the successor to radar and LIDAR.
Too, capturing accurate depth data at ground-level feeds into the ground truth ambitions of these companies. An iPhone in the park sees a higher resolution than an Apple Maps car on the street. Put the soldiers in the field.
Delays in technology rollouts are more meaningful today than they have ever been. What we see in glasses is Chinese companies putting them in the field — before the sensors and displays are ready. And that might prove more fruitful in discovering use-cases
The only western player in this race is Snap. May we hope they don't face the same pressures as Apple to get it right the first time. AR sensors and chipsets need to be in the wild, yesterday.
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