KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made some new predictions regarding Apple’s flagship iPhone 8 mode. According to the analyst, the iPhone 8 FaceTime camera will integrate 3D-sensing capabilities, making it a “revolutionary” upgrade over the current iPhone models.
The 3D-sensing capability will reportedly be enabled by an upgraded camera system with three modules, using technology from PrimeSense algorithms, a company that Apple had acquired in the year 2013. The upgraded front camera system will comprise of the same front camera module used on the iPhone duo, an infrared transmitting module, and infrared receiving module.
The camera will combine the depth info captured by the infrared transmitting and receiving modules with the normal images captured by the 2D camera to achieve 3D-sensing. This will allow the camera system to be used for iris recognition as well as other applications such as gaming and AR/VR experiences.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be a premium model that will be released alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus smartphones later this year. Its biggest USP will be an OLED display with extremely thin bezels. While the display size is expected to be 5.8-inches, it is rumored to be roughly similar to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model in terms of physical size. To achieve such a high screen-to-body ratio, Apple will be getting rid of the Touch ID button on the front, replacing it with a “function area”.