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

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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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posted on 12 Jul 2017, 22:08

1. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2974; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 22:14 1

3. maherk (Posts: 4845; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 22:16

4. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


LMAO
So true

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 01:15 1

14. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2974; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


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

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 07:48 1

17. maherk (Posts: 4845; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 10:07

18. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2974; Member since: 03 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 22:11

2. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 287; Member since: 01 May 2017)


So laser auto focus...

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 23:51

11. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 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

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 02:23

15. ibeginner (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 May 2017)


because PrimeSense was bought by Apple Inc. for $360 million on November 24, 2013.

Tango uses PrimeSense SoC like XBox Kinect

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 22:50 1

6. Derekjeter (Posts: 1085; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 23:29

9. Mr.Pussy (Posts: 137; Member since: 16 Feb 2017)


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

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 23:08

7. fatTony (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Dec 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?

posted on 12 Jul 2017, 23:30 1

10. Mr.Pussy (Posts: 137; Member since: 16 Feb 2017)


Yes! Lol

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 00:34

12. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


1200 $ people apple disappointed

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 00:46

13. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1320; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


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

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 02:24

16. TerryD (Posts: 118; Member since: 09 May 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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