This year’s Apple iPhone could feature a front-facing camera with 3D detection

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It could be argued that Apple itself is leaking details to Kuo as part of a broader marketing effort to keep the iPhone in the news when there’s no real news about it.

iPhone rumors and speculation are basically a normal yearly occurrence and in the past have helped fuel excitement for Apple’s new device. With this being the iPhone’s 10th anniversary Apple is hoping to get that excitement going once again. This time it’s a rumor of 3D detection in the new iPhone’s front facing camera. This 3D detection technology is being compared to Microsoft’s Kinect system, even though that didn’t work out so well for Microsoft.

This latest 3D detection rumor is coming from noted “Apple insider” Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities. Kuo has had a track record of “predicting” some of Apple’s hardware and software moves in the past so many are sure the source is reputable. It could be argued that Apple itself is leaking details to Kuo as part of a broader marketing effort to keep the iPhone in the news when there’s no real news about it.

Kuo predicts that the iPhone 8 will have a front-facing camera that uses a total of three modules. The first is the traditional camera module we’re used to having in our iPhones, which means there will be little change here.

Things get interesting when Kuo mentions the two IR modules he expects to see on the iPhone 8. One will transmit infrared light while the other is an IR receiver. When they’re working in tandem, this triple module array could offer some degree of 3D detection, becoming the foundation for the rumored iris scanning or facial recognition technology that could be found in the next iPhone. Essentially, it sounds like the next iPhone could have a camera that functions in a similar way to Microsoft’s ill-fated Kinect.

Of course, as the saying goes, we should take this with a grain of salt as Apple hasn’t “officially” announced anything. What do you think of Apple possibly integrating 3D detection into its front facing iPhone camera? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

  Source: Slashgear
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