Apple, in recent years, has invested heavily in AR. It is remarkable what the iPhone can deliver in this regard, based on a few rear-facing cameras. But the iPhones and the augmented reality kit produced by other firms still have shortcomings.
Current iPhones typically grapple with, e.g., to read a scene accurately when something other than the iPhone is in movement: people and animals seldom standstill to make things easier. But according to AppleInsider, this issue is being considered based on the latest patent application from Apple.
Early systems for analyzing moving things have been computationally intensive. The solution may be to use an IR camera to read the heat radiation from various objects. While another system tracks objects based on how hot they are being more efficient, and such augmented reality, setups can also work properly in low light.
Will the IR camera be ready for the iPhone 12 is still a mystery, but such patents do show the general direction in which Apple’s development team is working.