A concept drawing of the upcoming iPhone based on current rumors by a fan.
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.
One application for the new 3D front camera is for games that can show the user’s face in the place of a character, according to the note, which was seen by 9to5Mac. Other applications include facial recognition, iris recognition, and improved selfies.
A sensor camera that can locate how far objects are away from it could enable other applications in augmented reality, an emerging technology that Apple CEO Tim Cook is fond of discussing in public.
The front sensor module will use an infrared transmitter and receiver, according to Kuo, and will use a laser technology from Lumentum, as has been previously rumored. Kuo believes the entire camera module will be produced by Sony.
“Future iPhones may come with a similar system for the rear camera,” Kuo wrote.
- Apple will sell a model with a 5.8-inch wraparound screen, with no borders or bezels, using OLED display technology which enables darker blacks and better power consumption.
- The construction of the iPhone 8 could be glass and stainless steel.
- The home button will be integrated into the screen.
- The iPhone 8 model could include wireless charging, allowing it to power up without plugging in a cable.
- It won’t have a headphone jack.
- It could cost over $1000.