Rumour has it the new iPhone 8 could boast a game-changing 3D camera and allow for facial recognition and augmented reality applications.
Ming-Chi Kuo (KGI Securities), claims the front camera on the new OLED iPhone will have a “revolutionary” infrared module that can sense the 3D space in front of it. The combination of the front camera and a 3D sensor would allow iPhone users to generate a 3D selfie, create digital avatars that could then be used in augmented reality.
The fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook said in earlier interviews what “AR is that big, its huge” it makes sense that Apple would be pursuing augmented reality potential. It would certainly give Apple the edge ahead of Google’s Android in developing 3D algorithms.
The latest speculation follows rumours that Apple may move away from its Touch ID fingerprint scanner in favour of iris or facial recognition technology. This week it was announced that Apple bought Israeli facial recognition technology start-up RealFace. Certainly a case of ‘watch this space”.
Apple has stayed characteristically tight-lipped and has refused to comment on the reports. But the immense buzz around the iPhone 8 has seen Apple’s share price climb on the back of the optimism.
The company is expected to unveil three phones in September. Two nearly identical phones with screens of different sizes, and one super premium phone.