Jul 13, 2017 10:32 AM EDT
Apple's announcement of ARKit at this year's WWDC was a big indication of the company's interest in augmented reality. Now, new information reveals that the Cupertino-based company has been working on a "rear-facing 3D laser system" which will be implemented at the back of the upcoming iPhone 8 for excellent autofocus and AR.
Apple is working on a sensor system for its upcoming iPhone 8 and more that will facilitate better detection of depth for the augmented reality apps with the help of laser and provide better autofocus in terms of photography. The inclusion of this sensor system (VSCEL laser system) on the upcoming iPhone 8 will merely depend on progress which the engineers at the company are able to make in terms of technology integration on the smartphone, according to the Fast Company.
According to the sources listed by publication, Apple would have to spend only $2 extra per device for this. So, on the company's side, it will prove to be beneficial. For when this feature will arrive, the report says, "Whether the sensor will be included in that phone, or a 2018 iPhone, depends on the progress the Apple engineers make in integrating the laser system into the phone".
The iPhone 8 is said to use a VCSEL (vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-laser) system for the rear camera about which some analysts have previously speculated. However there also a bunch of rumors. New 3D camera technology is also said to come in iPhone 8 for the rear-facing camera. Multiple design leaks point towards a revamped vertical dual-lens camera, suggesting a major camera revamp. The front-facing camera is also expected to include a new 3D sensor that would enable facial recognition, as reported by Mac Rumors.
The latest Apple iPhone 8 is expected to release by the end of this year or early next year. This year Apple is also speculated to release iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus apart from iPhone 8.
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