So far there have been enough speculations about the yet-to-be-announced Apple iPhone 8. Expected to be announced on the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, the flagship smartphone is likely to bring an overhauled design and major improvements. One of the features of the anticipated anniversary edition smartphone is a dual-camera module which Apple introduced with its iPhone 7 Plus. Now the latest rumor to surface is that Apple will be working with LG for the camera module that will come with 3D capture ability. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
The latest report in The Korea Economic Daily indicates that the dual-camera module will use the LG Innotek system and will enable 3D photographing. The report further claimed that Apple is currently studying how to apply the 3D camera technology in its speculated smartphone. LG Innotek already has its own 3D camera and related technologies, and in collaboration with Apple, it is highly probable that the next iPhone could bring in the new feature. Although there is no clarity on how the module will work or what kind of results it will produce, one could expect it to be the next-generation of Portrait Mode where parallax effect is used to create a 3D model of a scene in order to identify foreground and background which is captured by twin cameras. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
Apple has a number of patents on 3D technology and last year it acquired Israeli startup Linx, which holds expertise in allowing apps to use the 3D information captured by a camera on the device to achieve new features such as refocusing an image after it has been captured, measurement of the true dimensions of objects, 3D object modelling, and also real-time background replacement for video calls. This technology has been likely used for the Portrait Mode as seen on the iPhone 7. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 s design could be inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S7
Apple has also patented for high-end image analysis techniques such as object recognition in the past, however, they rely primarily on software. Recently, CEO Tim Cook expressed the company s interest in the new-age augmented reality (AR) technology. Smartphone makers are already exploring incorporating the technology in their devices. Lenovo, for example, recently announced the world s first Tango-enabled smartphone, Phab 2 Pro, which comes with the said technology to enhance augmented reality gaming and utilities. With the competition getting dense, we could expect that the 3D camera technology could make the next iPhone 8 boast of never-seen-before camera features.