Google has beat Apple to the punch by using PrimeSense’s Capri PS1200 3D imaging system-on-a-chip in the Project Tango smartphone, before Apple could in its iPhone line-up, the teardown specialists over at iFixit found.

PrimeSense is the 3D technology sensing company Apple acquired for $350 million late-November 2013, and its chips weren’t expected to be found in Google’s Project Tango smartphone given the fierce competition between the two companies. Only Movidius Myriad 1 3D-sensing chips were expected, but Apple’s PrimeSense showed up as well…

iFixit writes in its teardown post:

This appears to be PrimeSense’s new Capri PS1200 SoC 3D imaging chip, unexpected for a couple of reasons:

Just last year, Apple bought PrimeSense, manufacturer of the Kinect’s 3D vision hardware. Speculators assumed we would be seeing this hot new hardware in an upcoming iOS device, with intent of mapping 3D spaces. Looks like Tango beat Apple to the punch with their own tech?

Of course, it’s more than likely Google partnered with PrimeSense before Apple made the acquisition, but that doesn’t make things less awkward.


The Project Tango smartphone is made by the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) at Google, aiming to build a visual map of rooms using 3D scanning and to track motion. The handset is currently with developers for limited testing, and with Apple technology inside, could show what may be heading to future versions of the iPhone.

The teardown also revealed the Project Tango works similar to Microsoft’s original Kinect motion tracking gadget. It uses all of its sensors to create a grid of dots that it measures to calculate distance. There’s also a Snapdragon 800 processor and 5-inch display powering the regular smartphone duties.


Apple isn’t tipped to include motion tracking on the upcoming iPhone 6 this fall, however with competition from Google and soon Amazon, we wouldn’t doubt the company is cooking up something behinds it closed doors.

[via MacRumors]

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Eh who cares. Just making a quick buck.

  • Jeff

    These phones are turning themselves into the video gaming industry now. All hype with these phones now with their rumors. These fads are going to die quickly, especially motion tracking and 3d.

  • James

    that phone is fugly.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      it’s still a prototype, what do you expect?

      • James

        i expect the final version to be just as bad.

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      • James

        thats mature.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Why? Because Apple isn’t making it? This tech is still years away from being implemented into consumer phones, just shut up and stop trying to degrade anything that Apple has yet to try and copy

      • James

        sorry for having my own opinion. you’re welcome to just ignore my comments in the future instead of being a jerk.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        An opinion shaped by a third party’s marketing, not something you’ve formed after probably looking at various sources.

      • James

        my opinions are shaped by my experiences; not unlike how my opinion of you was formed.

      • Kash Gummaraju


  • Yujin

    Umm apple will wait till iphone 6S and release it. Cause they probably wanna perfect, polish instead of doing something boring. This is how they operate. Latest go to android cause they test it for apple then apple perfects it and everyone goes “wow” and then they copy them again lol. The circle of tech life

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Totally, Google is releasing this handset to top notch and very innovative app devs, so they can test out the system and make apps for the tech.

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