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Apple’s upcoming flagship will also boast an advanced front-facing selfie camera — one unlike anything Apple has ever employed before, according to famed KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.
Calling the optics a ‘revolutionary’ upgrade, Kuo asserted that the selfie cam destined for Apple’s ‘iPhone X’ will not only feature an accompanying infrared sensor module, but that the combination of this advanced sensor and software processing elements will render it capable of capturing 2D images boasting unmatched “depth of information,” as well as 3D selfies, which will be “useful for iris and facial recognition.”
According to Kuo, not only will the camera be capable of capturing 3D selfies, which can then be used in conjunction with a variety of Augmented Reality (AR)-based apps, but he also suggested that the unit will be able to create a unique new “gaming experience” for ‘iPhone X’ users — although he stopped short of providing additional details about how exactly the camera could be utilized in that capacity.
Unfortunately, at least for the time being, it appears that only Apple’s top-of-the-line ‘iPhone 8’ — which could also be christened ‘iPhone X’ prior to its fall, 2017 debut — will feature this ground-breaking, 3D selfie camera, which is being developed in accordance with the technology Cupertino gained as the result of its November, 2013 acquisition of the Israeli-based 3D imaging startup, PrimeSense.
While additional details about Apple’s forthcoming, ‘iPhone X’-only selfie optics remain under wraps at this time, we’re certain that more of them will begin trickling into the rumor mill, soon enough. It’s interesting to hear about Apple making some big moves in the AR space, though, which is something that even Tim Cook, himself, recently hinted as being among Apple’s shortlist of innovations for the not-too-distant future. And we’re certain that this advanced selfie camera will be a wildly-successful ‘first attempt’ for Apple to incorporate the technology into its most powerful devices. Let’s just hope that, if indeed it is well-received, perhaps 2018 will see a more widespread implementation of the technology.