Ahead of the 2019’s handsets’ official unveiling on September 10, the company has built a new co-processor codenamed Rose and R1 according to online reports.
The online rumours say, based upon evidence spotted in an internal iOS 13 builds, the new processor will perform a similar task to the M-series motion co-processor.
The current 'job role' of the M-series is to share the load of the main A-Series processor, to have a bearing on the iPhone’s physical position and how it moves. It handles data from the compass, gyroscope, accelerometer and built-in microphones.
However, today’s report suggests it will contain many more sensors then an M-series processor, meaning better accuracy and more data.
The new Rose co-processor will add support for am measurement unit, Bluetooth 5.1 features, ultra-wideband and also camera functions like motion capture and optical tracking.
The report says the idea behind the processor should boost the functionality of the forthcoming Apple Tags (the Tile-like Bluetooth trackers Apple is rumoured to be unveiling) as well as the ARKit SDK for augmented reality apps.
According to the report, it’ll be easier to find lost Apple Tags thanks to the Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) features of Bluetooth 5.1, which enable Bluetooth direction-findin, while the R1 could also aid the processing of People Occlusion within ARKit.
This feature “enables even more immersive AR experiences by enabling virtual content to pass behind people in the real world,” Apple says.
Apple is expected to announce a trio of iPhone handsets during Tuesday’s event, as well as the Apple Watch Series 5. We may see those aforementioned Apple Tags, a tweaked Apple TV set-top box and perhaps even a few surprises.
You can check out the live event on Tuesday 10th September 2019 by clicking the link below: