Rumor calls for a rear-facing laser system on back of iPhone 8 to power auto focus and depth detection on camera

Rumor calls for a rear-facing laser system on back of iPhone 8 to power auto focus and depth detection on camera
A report published today states that a rear laser system on the Apple iPhone 8 is coming, and will provide faster and more accurate auto focus for photographs, and depth detection for AR apps. Apple is believed to have purchased vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser components for use with the VCSEL system expected on the device. Sources say that the additional cost to Apple would be only $2 per phone.

 The front-facing camera, called "revolutionary" earlier this year by superstar analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, will reportedly include a 3D sensor and offer facial recognition. And despite previous rumors suggesting otherwise, today's report also states that the iPhone 8 is likely to include Touch ID. The big question is whether the feature will be embedded inside the display, or include a rear-facing button in the middle of the rear cover. Of the possible options, Apple fans would be the most disappointed with the latter. Renders of such a look have been concocted and do not look to be appealing.

There have been other rumors, some of which call for Apple to remove Touch ID completely and replace it with a face recognition system. The question here is whether the latter will work at a pace fast enough to satisfy iPhone users. Also being questioned is whether the face recognition system would be good enough to quickly and accurately verify someone's identification.

source: MacRumors

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16 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Waiting for "Apple Insider" Bankz to confirm if these rumors are real or not.

3. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Of course they're not, or else you would've read it before under his list of confirmed iPhone 8 features.

4. sissy246

Posts: 6888; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO So true

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apparently he thinks being Inside Apple's arse makes him an "Apple insider"

17. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I love it when he goes back to his cave when he sees us mocking his "confirmed rumours".

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL that guy is really nuts, at least he has a unique way of trolling. BTW, you seen that "whatev" guy? He's trolling non-Apple articles while pretending to be an adult LOL.

2. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1124; Member since: May 01, 2017

So laser auto focus...

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not really, but yes.. as article said, laser used for depth sensing.. it's like IR projector + ToF camera in Tango phone, but in this case, apple use laser + phone camera

15. ibeginner

Posts: 14; Member since: May 23, 2017

because PrimeSense was bought by Apple Inc. for $360 million on November 24, 2013. Tango uses PrimeSense SoC like XBox Kinect

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1438; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Rumor: it will also transform in to a toaster and a blender.

9. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

If they do that then they are definitely copying Samsung haha!.

7. fatTony

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

If this rumor is true, didn't the LG G3 have a laser focus camera? Would that be 2014 tech in a 2017 phone?

10. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Yes! Lol

12. joey18

Posts: 647; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

1200 $ people apple disappointed

13. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Laser focus... Welcome to 2015 smh... Still not worth 1k+...

16. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

So are you saying that the AF system on the current iPhone is a bit rubbish compared to that of the likes of LG and Samsung?

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