Tencent technology news on September 18, Apple has released the latest iPhone 13 series, which is also divided into four models compared with last year. Among them, iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are positioned as professional shooting devices that meet the requirements of Hollywood famous director Spielberg, while the batteries of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini are larger than previous generations, and the impressive camera sensor stability function is only equipped with iPhone 12 Pro max.
But one of the same designs that connects all iPhones is the bangs at the top of the screen. Every year, we wonder whether Apple will finally get rid of this nearly five-year-old design and fully expand the super XDR OLED screen, just like the OLED screen on the best Samsung mobile phone.
According to a recent survey, apple powder and analysts have different opinions on whether Apple should keep the bangs or replace them with perforations. Some supporters believe that the bangs bring a different look to the iPhone. Others said that Apple should completely abandon the face ID function used to unlock the phone under the bangs.
However, the iPhone 13 update shows that Apple does know that the bangs are the result of compromise. The mole was positioned as a sign of beauty, but Apple reduced it by 20% this time. You need to observe iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 together to see the change. The bangs of the latter are significantly smaller than those of iPhone 12. But the depth seems to be greater, further eroding the screen and limiting the available screen area of applications and games.
A large number of components are placed under the fringe
However, this is also Apple’s helpless move. Although reducing the size of bangs by 20% will still be distracting, Apple will no longer move closer to the punching of Android phones. At the same time, apple is far from realizing the off-screen camera technology of Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3 and other mobile phones. These technologies still have defects.
The problem here is that apple can’t replace bangs with holes anyway, because it’s not just a camera. The bangs of previous generations of iPhones have built-in components such as self timer camera, ambient light sensor, speaker, microphone, proximity sensor, floodlight, point projector and infrared camera.
Face ID needs the support of the above components to work properly. For example, the floodlight irradiates the infrared invisible to the human eye on the user’s face, and the point projector projects thousands of more obvious infrared points on it. The infrared camera can see the pattern formed by these dots to help the iPhone recognize the facial outline, so that the user can be accurately identified whether in a light filled space or a dark room.
When we may question whether any of the above components should exist, bangs and face ID are interdependent. Face ID is great, but is it really necessary?
Apple can’t deny that its competitor’s fingerprint scanning system is also very good in terms of security or user experience. Whether under the screen or elsewhere, the speed of fingerprint scanning is amazing. Apple also uses this system on other devices, including the iPhone Se and the new ipad Mini. The iPhone 5S released in 2013 first made this feature popular.
Apple may argue that its face ID system is safer than fingerprint identification, but security experts disagree. If Apple plans to sell it as a key business function, you can imagine that face ID will also appear on MacBook, IMAC and iPhone.
In fact, Microsoft seems to be more interested in this field. The Hello secure login feature of windows 10 supports Intel realsense 3D cameras. Laptops such as surface laptop 4 are equipped with infrared cameras, which use more basic technology than face ID, but ultimately similar to face ID.
In addition to serving as a security measure and a way to quickly unlock the phone, Apple’s bangs may have more potential to explore. Several core functions mentioned by Apple at the iPhone 13 press conference point to some permanent major turning points in the company’s Roadmap, but we don’t know the details yet.
Bangs matter to Apple’s ambition
It all depends on Augmented Reality (AR), but not in the form we perceive today. Apple is looking for new uses for AR enabled hardware that will make us wonder how we would live without them.
Apple hasn’t found a way yet, but its obsession with AR is obvious. Most of the focus of Apple A15 bionic processor is on its neural network function, although it does little to directly attract potential buyers of iPhone 13. For the prospect of 16 nuclear neural engine, the response of ordinary people does not seem enthusiastic.
However, apple is getting closer to achieving its ar ambition. The “movie mode” of iPhone 13 series is the embodiment of AR hardware, provided that it uses the lidar sensor of iPhone 13 Pro when creating depth map. This function allows users to comprehensively create and change the background in the video after shooting the video, so as to simulate the effect of special camera or mirrorless or SLR camera with large aperture lens. It needs to produce detailed depth maps in real time, which is what lidar can provide.
Apple expanded the “movie mode” to get rid of the Android video mode that has existed since Huawei mate 20 pro in 2018, and enhanced these modes. At the same time, apple even hired Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow and Emmy winning photographer Greg Fraser to speak for “film mode”. Apple said that this is not AR technology hype, but real and important.
Apple’s obsession with AR technology is nothing new. Remember the Emoji in 2018? That’s ar. Have you seen Apple’s arkit demo in 2017, which is one of the few demonstrations that Apple seems vaguely excited about mobile games? That’s definitely ar. We see rapid progress here. Apple peeled off the fashion surface of AR, believing or hoping that there are some amazing things at its core, rather than those games and memojis that look great on the surface but are not actually interesting.
However, Apple cannot do this without bangs and lidar, or their substitutes. They are tools that enable apple to make progress that will ensure the growth of future generations of iPhones. Moreover, competitors do not have much involvement in this field, which is also helpful. Remember in 2019, the depth computing “time of flight” cameras on countless Android phones attracted a lot of people’s attention, and then there was almost nothing useful, and finally basically forgotten precedent?
Google’s fickle interest in AR means that for now, this is Apple’s game. But sometimes you want apple to be more like Google, not because of the way it treats privacy, nor because when you lift the friendly cover of Google, you will find its big mouth full of advertising and algorithms that devours the world. But before Google’s most important software function appeared on any mobile phone, it had published many details on its artificial intelligence blog. Apple tends to keep it a secret.
We can guess that Apple may also have plans in other areas of interest. Maybe it wants to use AR camera technology and machine learning to analyze strange rashes on your stomach and lumps on your neck as part of healthkit? It’s like WebMD, but the end result is to make an appointment with a doctor instead of posting anxiously on reddit and mumsnet. Maybe bangs and lidar can help distribute physiotherapy remotely, with or without the guidance of medical professionals?
Perhaps Apple’s launch is not far away. The AR function we have seen over the years is the by-product of Apple engineers working for smart cameras for self driving cars.
But we should not adopt the mentality of Elon Musk fans that a company or its nominal head always knows the best way forward. Here are some things that open your eyes. Steve Jobs doesn’t even allow third-party applications on the iPhone, and his executives have to try to convince him. Or was he not keen on the idea of making mobile phones at all?
The success of large technology companies often comes from thousands of broken prototypes. They explore countless dead ends, opportunities, luck and spend a lot of money. Apple is playing the long-term game of AR, and hopefully the way we talk about it in 2021 will soon look like the beginning of the website address“ https://www ”Some of them are stiff and outdated, and maybe this will pay off soon. (reviewed by Tencent technology / Jinlu)