A New Report Indicates That Major Improvements Are Coming To The iPhone 8
Well, it’s time for another round of iPhone 8 rumors. We recently reported that the iPhone 8 might remove the home and side panel buttons in favor of touch-sensitive glass and now we have some new information regarding the camera.
Industry analyst Apple KGI Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the iPhone 8’s camera will be a major improvement over current models. The rumors report a feature that can combine 2D images obtained from the front camera in use with apps involving 3D selfies, facial and iris recognition.
The technology has been developed by PrimeSense, which Apple bought in 2013. The camera will allegedly be able to detect the location and depth of objects within its field of view. The iPhone 7 features a simplified version of this technology, but the iPhone8’s will reportedly be more advanced.
The iPhone 7 uses two rear cameras with optical parallax offset to determine an object’s distance. The 8 will reportedly use a dedicated infrared receiver and transmitter that will make use of Lumentum’s vertical-cavity-surface-emitting laser technology. The front camera will be made by Sony and the infrared receiver will be made by Sharp and Foxconn. The infrared technology will work by sending signals from the phone and then detecting what objects they bounce off of.
In terms of future generations of the iPhone, KGI reported that Apple will include this 3D-sensing technology in the rear-facing camera’s as well which would remove the need to have large dual camera iris systems. The industry insider also reported that Apple is ahead of its Android competitors when it comes to this technology so such a camera will likely be an Apple exclusive for several years.
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