The iPhone 12 could see a big upgrade in the form of air gesture controls. Using a time-of-flight (ToF) camera inside its display notch, the iPhone could help give selfies a high-quality bokeh effect, create 3D maps of objects, or help make Face ID more secure, which previous patents have hinted at. However, what's particularly interesting is the idea of using in-air gestures. This likely upgrade was spotted by Patently Apple (via Forbes), who revealed a patent concerning a next-generation depth sensor that Apple could bring into its flagship phones.
The air gestures functionality is already available in the Google Pixel 4 thanks to its soli chip.
Phones like the Pixel 4 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro offer air gestures, made by users waving their hands in a specific way in front of their respective radar and IR sensors.
Apple has made similar patents to this before. For instance, this one detailing its own concept for how gesture recognition would work, and another looking at adding this gesture support to iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Air gestures aren't something that's been rumoured up to now. Assuming the leakers and tipsters around the web haven't missed any big clues to its presence, Perhaps air gestures will be a feature we see on the iPhone 13 in 2021 instead.
Apple iPhone 12 series is expected to launch in October this year. The US-based tech giant is expected to launch the new iPhone in four different alternatives, comprising two Pro variants, and two vanilla phones in a small and larger form factor each. Leaked specifications so far include a 5.4-inch screen on the base model, 5G support, OLED display panels.