According to Apple insider analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via a new report from 9to5Mac, the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary front-facing camera with an infrared module, allowing it to sense the 3D space in front of it.
Apple’s recent acquisition of Israeli tech startup RealFace seems to have led readers to believe that the iPhone 8 will come with facial recognition features. With this upgrade, it could potentially replace the Touch ID fingerprint reader that has been present on several iPhones now. The latest report claims that the new technology expected on the iPhone 8 might all be tucked inside the front-facing camera.
The front-camera isn’t just going to be used to capture high-resolution selfies because the details of the report claim that the smartphone will be fitted with a ‘revolutionary’ front camera and an infrared module that can sense the 3D space in front of it.
According to the analyst, the new components could have many uses, including face recognition, iris recognition, and the ability to take “3D selfies:”
“The analyst says the advanced 3D front camera system could be used in new innovative games that can accurately replace a character’s head with that of the user,” reads the report. “The combination of front camera and 3D sensor would allow the iPhone to generate a ‘3D selfie’ which could be used in augmented reality.”
These new additions at the front side of the upcoming device should be able to merge the depth information with the 2D images from the front camera for applications including face recognition, iris recognition, along with improved selfies called “3D selfies.”
As more and more iPhone 8 rumours continue to fuel the fire, it stands to reason that the front camera’s abilities on the upcoming smartphone, including facial recognition, will be a huge and incredibly exciting component of the iPhone 8 user experience.