iPhone X is full of lasers – Apple just spent a bunch of money to add more

Apple is ready to ‘push boundaries’ with laser technology

iPhone X is full of lasers – Apple just spent a bunch of money to add more

The iPhone X, even if you can’t see it, can do nifty tricks like Animoji and Face ID all thanks to invisible lasers. Well, look for (or don’t) more of that invisible magic in the future.

Apple just invested in a new, high-tech facility to be located in Sherman Texas and run by Finisar to the ‘iTunes’ of $390 million (about £292m, AU$512m).

This money will allow Finisar to increase R&D and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers already in the iPhone X and AirPods.

The iPhone X uses these advanced lasers to power the TrueDepth camera for Aminimoji, Face ID and bokeh-rich Portrait mode selfies.

AirPods take advantage of these lasers for proximity sensors, stopping and starting music every time you take out an AirPod from your ear.

Here’s where Apple’s statement gets interesting

Apple didn’t reveal how its large investment will benefit future iPhones, AirPods or any other devices on the horizon, but it did tease new laser possibilities.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several years to push the boundaries of VCSEL technology and the applications they enable,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, in a statement today.

How will Apple and Finisar push boundaries of their already high-tech lasers? Apple seems laser-focused on augmented reality, so we’re anticipating more advanced AR cameras from future iPhones or those rumored Apple AR glasses.

Related product: Apple iPhone X

Our Verdict:

The iPhone X is a sensational-looking iPhone – but it obviously comes at a huge cost, and you’ll have to wait to get it. Question marks remain over Face ID as a way of unlocking the phone, but if your face truly does get ‘learned’ over time, it could work well.


  • Screen is stunning
  • New user interface is intuitive
  • Portrait Lighting is effective

  • Face ID was erratic in demos
  • Cost is so, so high

By Matt Swider at techradar