IPhone 8 Rumor Tips 3D Selfies

Apple's next iPhone will likely have a next-generation front-facing camera that can sense 3D space as well as enable applications like facial recognition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a recent note to investors. A new report says that the smartphone could also have a "revolutionary" 3D front camera and wireless charging capabilities, but not from Energous, as it was previously thought. This will enable the front camera to capture depth information instead of just capturing a normal flat image.

Prior to Apple buying the company, PrimeSense was known for proving the motion tracking technology Microsoft first used in the Xbox Kinect. He said Apple will also use the camera for iris scanning and facial recognition. The three modules include an infrared transmitting module, an infrared receiving module, and the front camera module itself. We have yet to see how all of these upgrades are going to be running on the iPhone 8, but looking at all the technology crammed inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the next-gen iPhone will definitely be able to cast a tall and dark shadow on them both. The front camera will be manufactured by Sony, while the IR receiver will be made by Foxconn/Sharp. The technology requires a pad for charging and it's found on many other smartphones, including the Galaxy S6.

Apple recently bought Faceshift, a company that worked on AR-related facial transformation technology.

Kuo predicts that Apple is going to build this technology into the front of the iPhone 8.

  • Carolyn Briggs