Another day another iPhone 8 rumour and this time round, it’s about the device’s front camera. According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, the iPhone 8 will come with a “revolutionary” 3D-sensing front camera that can “sense the 3D space in front of it”. This would allow the phone to use the data captured for games and of course, the much-talked-about facial recognition.
The analyst says that the front camera module for the 2017 iPhone will have an Infrared transmitter and receiver. Together, these components will allow the iPhone to capture depth information instead of just a flat image. This would be very useful, especially since the iPhone 8 has been widely rumoured to come with facial recognition technology on board. With the new camera, the iPhone will be able to track if it’s the face of a real person, or just a photograph.
On top of that, the new front camera will be beneficial for gaming as well. It can accurately place a user’s head into the game, and even use the data captured for augmented reality applications – imagine having a Microsoft Kinect built right into your phone. Ming-Chi Kuo also says that it can also be used for iris recognition.
Apple will use technology from PrimeSense, a company Apple acquired back in 2013. PrimeSense is a company from Isreal that is known for producing the 3D sensor technology used in Microsoft Kinect in its early days. This rumour is in-line with other iPhone 8 rumours. Apple is said to be working on other biometric recognition technologies to replace its current Touch ID since they will be removing the iconic Home Button starting from the iPhone 8.
We’ve seen a lot of iPhone 8 rumours now, from larger OLED displays to facial recognition technology, wireless charging and more, it’s no wonder that rumours are saying that it will cost more than US$1,000 (about RM4,460), and adding in extra charges and tax, it could very will cost over RM5,000.