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Putting the Mi Note 10, Galaxy S20, and Huawei P30 Pro to shame? Satirical “unlimited detail” iPhone exclusive raises questions about the future of smartphone tech

Sadly, Apple isn’t working on a quantum mechanic-based smartphone camera (Image source: Cisco)
Sadly, Apple isn’t working on a quantum mechanic-based smartphone camera (Image source: Cisco)
A satirical news report claimed that Apple’s working on an “unlimited detail” camera based on quantum mechanics. While this is not the case, the report raises questions about the possible role of quantum computing in the future of smartphone tech.

At a time when Xiaomi and Samsung are touting 64MP and 108MP camera sensors as the tech to beat, an industry source familiar with Apple's strategic plans went on record with a bold claim: Cupertino is leveraging advances in quantum computing to create a camera sensor that can pick up unlimited detail.

So goes a satirical WCCFTech report on Apple’s future iPhone camera plans. While we are fairly certain that Tim Apple isn’t working on quantum entanglement smartphone camera, quantum computing as a field does have the potential to revolutionize mobile computing, albeit in the future. And, as strange as it might sound, quantum mechanical effects have already been used to capture images. 

While quantum computing is still at a nascent stage, important advances have been made recently: In October, Google claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy: with its quantum computer beating conventional systems in a real-world workload for the first time.

More recently, researchers claimed to have teleported data between two chips instantaneously, relying on quantum entanglement. But what are real-world use cases for quantum computing on mobile? If quantum supremacy is achieved in a range of real-world workloads, we expect quantum computing to first have an impact on mobile through thin-client solutions.

AI is a likely area of development. While current manufacturers (including Apple) are investing a significant amount of SoC die area on NPUs (neural processing units), thin-client solutions that connect mobile devices to advanced, quantum-computing-based AI systems isn’t impossible to conceive of. 

While a CSI-like enhance filter would be an interesting differentiator, we expect the real impact of quantum computing on mobile devices-including iPhones-to be gradual and not paradigm-shifting. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-02- 8 (Update: 2020-02- 9)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.