Apple’s next iPhone could have the ability to take stunning 3D photos.
At least that’s according to the latest rumours on the iPhone 8 which suggests Apple is currently working with LG to develop the technology.
This will give it the ability to add of extra three-dimensional effects, recognise objects in the real world more easily and use augmented reality.
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The latest reports suggest that Apple is working with LG on a new dual camera module. The camera, which is rumoured to be launching in the iPhone 8 in the latter half of 2017, will be able to capture photos in 3D. Pictured is the dual-lens camera in the iPhone 7 Plus
WHAT IS A 3D CAMERA?
A 3D camera – sometimes called a stereo camera – is one that can record images that will appear to have three dimensions to them.
3D cameras use two lenses in a similar way to big-budget movies.
The lenses capture two images of the same scene at the same time, one through each lens.
When these two pictures with different perspectives combine, the picture or video captured creates the illusion of depth.
The rumours come from a brief report in the Korea Economic Daily, which suggests that the ‘LG Innotek’ dual-lens camera, will likely be used in Apple’s new products next year.
The report states that sources close to the situation said: ‘Apple is now studying how to apply its 3D camera technology into LG Innotek’s smartphone camera.
‘Since LG Innotek also has its own 3D camera and related technologies, such joint efforts will likely to bear fruit sometime within next year.’
LG Innotek already supplies the dual lens units for the iPhone 7 Plus.
How the iPhone 8’s 3D camera will differ from this remains unclear, but its is likely to offer improved depth of field and the ability to pick out details in the background of photos more easily.
The article also mentions a firm called LinX Imaging, which Apple bought last year.
The firm makes enhanced camera technology, which includes 3D depth mapping, and lighting enhancements, which are also features that could be seen in the next iPhone.
Apple has patented several features in the past for high-end image analysis technology, such as object recognition – although this relies on software rather than hardware.
Given that 2017 will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, it would make sense that Apple has something big planned.
In January, Apple revisited a patent filed in 2013, which proposed a curved ‘glass’ case made from an intricate fusion of metals melted together (artist’s impression pictured)
IPHONE 8 RUMOURS
Several rumours have been circulating about the iPhone 8, and suggest the next device may have:
– Dual-lens 3D camera
– Augmented reality to generate real-time views of surroundings
– Curved glass casing
– Wireless charging
– A folding element
– New 5 inch (12.7 centimetre) and 5.8 inch (14.7 centimetre) models
– A new ‘pure white’ model
Reports last week also suggest that Apple could be introducing augmented reality to its iPhone 8.
Using augmented reality (AR), Apple would use the iPhone’s advanced sensors to generate real-time views of the user’s surroundings while superimposing digital information.
Augmented reality in Apple’s camera could enrich a live view of a city street with a map for directions, facts about nearby buildings, or add an animated video game character to the scene.
Until now, little has been known about Apple’s next iPhone, although reports by a source speaking to Nikkei Asian Review have said that it will have a curved screen.
If those rumours are true, the iPhone 8 could rival the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge which came out in February this year.
In January, Apple revisited a patent filed in 2013, which proposed a curved ‘glass’ case made from an intricate fusion of metals melted together.
The design – made from Bulk Amorphous Alloy, which is a mix of titanium, nickel, copper and zirconium melted together – is said to have the smooth texture of glass and the rigid sturdiness of rubber.
Rumours suggest that the iPhone 8 could be made from Bulk Amorphous Alloy, which is a mix of titanium, nickel, copper and zirconium melted together. This is said to have the smooth texture of glass and the rigid sturdiness of rubber (artist’s impression)
Despite widespread excitement over the unique design, it still hasn’t reached the general public.
Other rumours suggest that the iPhone 8 could have a folding element, after Apple was granted two patents for folding technology this month.
The patents have led to rumours that the Cupertino brand’s upcoming iPhone 8 could be influenced by 1990s flip phones, made popular by Motorola.
Other rumours suggest that the iPhone 8 could have a folding element, after Apple was granted two patents for folding technology this month
The new patent illustration shows a hinge in the middle of the handset’s display that would enable it to bend in half.
Apple usually releases a new model, and then an ‘S’ version of that model the next year, so many were expecting an iPhone 7S to be released in 2017.
But with the tenth anniversary looming, some believe that Apple will bypass the 7S and go straight to the iPhone 8.
Apple is yet to reply to comment on any of the rumours.