Another day, another rumor about the iPhone 8. According to a new research note by the infamous KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on “revolutionary” camera technology for the iPhone 8 which will power facial or iris recognition, 3D selfies, and augmented reality experiences on Apple’s next flagship device.
This camera technology is not something you see often on smartphones and what Kuo has described in his research note is quite similar to what Microsoft shipped with the Kinect for Xbox. Even the implemented of this technology is said to be similar to the Kinect.
Kuo predicts that Apple is going to build this technology into the front of the iPhone 8. The conventional camera sensor will be supported by an infrared projector and receiver. This will enable the front camera to capture depth information instead of just capturing a normal flat image.
The ability to do this will come in handy if Apple wants to enable users to rely on facial recognition to unlock their iPhones. The technology could also be used for powering games as well. Users may also be able to take 3D selfies which would certainly be a cut above the rest.
Kuo also predicts that Apple will eventually add depth-sensing functionality to the iPhone’s rear cameras as well but doesn’t hint that this is going to happen later this year with the iPhone 8.
Apple is due to unveil the new iPhones later this year in the fall so we can be sure to hear a lot of reports, some absurd and some not, in the months leading up to the official announcement.
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