Android won’t be ripping off iPhone’s 3D sensors anytime soon

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Apple's not the only one struggling with low yield rates for its 3D depth-sensing camera tech.
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Producing sufficient quantities of its 3D depth sensing camera has reportedly been a big pain point when it comes to iPhone X production, but possibly not as much of a pain as it’s likely to be for Android makers.

According to a new report, low yield rates during production for Apple’s 3D sensing modules have caused Android-based smartphone brands to delay their own plans for new smartphone models with 3D sensors.

The 3D sensor is one of the most intriguing elements of the iPhone X, and is a great example of Apple snatching back some of the lead that it has arguably been losing to some of its closest rivals when it comes to mobile technology. It’s such a “must have,” in fact, that Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo were all rushing to release similar models in late 2017.

Unfortunately for them, the inability of manufacturers to produce sufficient quantities of the components for Apple — let alone its rivals — mean that these plans have had to be pushed back to 2018. Given the amount of time that it will also take to develop the necessary software and apps to support these components, Apple (even with its delays) should stay comfortably ahead of the competition.

A previous report from established Apple watcher KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s 3D sensing tech puts it a solid two years ahead of its rivals.

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Source: Digitimes