A news report published by The Korea Economic Daily claims Apple is working with LG Innotek to develop a new 3D camera module for the iPhone 8. The said camera will apparently utilize LG Innotek’s dual camera and will debut in Apple’s new iPhones in the second half of 2017.
The publication’s sources close to the situation said, “Apple is now studying how to apply its 3D camera technology into LG Innotek’s smartphone camera,” adding, “Since LG Innotek also has its own 3D camera and related technologies, such joint efforts will likely to bear fruit sometime within next year.”
Apple will be using 3D camera technology from LinX, an Israeli start-up that Cupertino based firm purchased in 2015 for $20 million. The startup has the technology of adding greater depth to photos by dividing the digital image in three stages. However, for the 3D photography to work, a dual camera technology is indeed, which is going to be supplied by LG Innotek. The dual camera modules used on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus are also being supplied by LG Innotek. LG Innotek isn’t new to 3D camera technology either, as it applied the same for LG Electronics’ Optimus 3D smartphone released in the year 2011.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be a major upgrade over the iPhone 7 in every area. Some of the rumored changes include an all-glass design, an edge-to-edge curved OLED display with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner, wireless charging support, and an Apple A11 chipset.
Source: The Korea Economic Daily