It has been reported time and again that Apple is going to embrace augmented reality in a big way by bringing this technology to the iPhone. Some reports have even suggested that it’s working on a pair of augmented reality glasses. The company reportedly has hundreds of engineers working on AR and its team is reportedly made up of people it has poached from Microsoft’s HoloLens team as well as from Oculus.
Bloomberg reports that one of the first iPhone 8 augmented reality features might enable users to take a picture and then change the depth of the entire photo or of specific objects.
Another feature would enable users to isolate an object in the image and tilt it 180 degrees. It’s also reported that one feature that’s being developed would allow users to leverage augmented reality to place virtual effects and objects on a person.
Previous reports have already suggested that the iPhone 8 is going to have a “revolutionary” camera which may include an infrared projector and receiver to offer functionality such as 3D mapping and depth sensing.
Apple has hinted on multiple occasions that it believes augmented reality to be the next big thing and it’s silence on the virtual reality front suggests that it might be taking an entirely different direction. However, the company is yet to say anything about its augmented reality plans so take all of this with a grain of salt until there’s more information.