Apple is expected to launch three smartphones this year, which also marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The rumored devices include the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and the anniversary edition iPhone 8. With a launch expected to take place sometime around September, there have been numerous rumors surrounding the next generation iPhones. The iPhone 8 in particular has some heavy expectations with the main highlight being the edge-to-edge OLED display and fingerprint sensor embedded under it. The iPhone 8 has also been rumored to come with 3D-recognition front-facing cameras and a new report complements this thought. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaksAlso Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
According to a report by Korea Economic Daily, LG Innotek of LG Group will be supplying facial recognition camera modules for the iPhone 8. Last November, the same publication had suggested that Apple would be working with LG Innotek for 3D dual camera modules on the iPhone 8. LG is said to have invested $238.50 million for a new facility announced last month, which will be solely to supply facial recognition camera modules for Apple s iPhone 8. The report further mentions that Apple and LG Innotek have been working since last year to develop 3D facial recognition camera modules, a first in the industry, that can be used for applications ranging from biometric authentication to games. It has been rumored extensively that the 3D cameras on the iPhone 8 would be used for 3D selfies and AR gaming.
LG Innotek already supplies the rear facing camera modules for the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6. This time, the facial recognition camera modules will be front-facing and will also be smaller than the current ones manufactured. The report says that this was the sole reason for the creation of a separate facility. The 3D facial recognition cameras are expected to be better than those on the Galaxy S8 series, since the latter uses 2D technology. The 3D cameras would essentially provide better accuracy. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 leak yet again hints at 3D sensing camera technology
In addition to bringing this first-of-its-kind technology to Apple s iPhone 8, this partnership is expected to boost LG Innotek s earnings as dual-lens camera modules are priced four times more than the normal camera modules available. According to analysts, LG Innotek s camera module sales could increase to 1.5 trillion won by the fourth quarter of this year which would be big hike from its first quarter earnings of 400 billion won. ALSO READ: LG to compete with Samsung for supplying OLED displays for the Apple iPhone 8
Apple s iPhone 8, according to all these reports, would indeed turn out to be one revolutionary smartphone. Other than the OLED display and the 3D camera modules, the Apple iPhone 8 has so far been rumored to feature a display sized between 5.7 inches to 5.8-inches. Recent reports have suggested 3GB of RAM on the iPhone 8 with storage variants of 64GB and 256GB. The iPhone 8 is expected to be powered by Apple s upcoming A11 chipset which will be built using the 10nm fabrication process. In addition to the 3D facial recognition camera modules, Apple is expected to continue with the dual cameras on the rear end as well. But this time, the dual rear cameras are said to be placed vertically and not horizontally as seen in the iPhone 7 Plus. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 renders predict edge-to-edge OLED display, vertical dual cameras