Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 might feature the world’s first 3D facial-recognition selfie camera. The Cupertino-based company is reportedly working with LG’s component manufacturing arm- Innotek, to build these 3D facial-recognition camera modules. This has been confirmed by yet another report from Korea Economic Daily.
The report goes on to point out that LG has invested close to 269.7 billion won ($238.5 million) for a new facility that will be dedicated to making 3D camera modules for the upcoming iPhone 8 and other Apple devices beyond that. The initial size of the Apple-LG deal is estimated to be around 200 billion won.
Back in March, the rumour was also corroborated by a UBS Apple analyst named Steven Milunovich, who believes that the next-gen iPhone will offer facial recognition and potentially release an AR SDK to enable content creation. The 3D camera on the iPhone 8 is expected to be used for Augmented Reality applications as well as a more secure method for facial recognition. With the 3D front-facing camera module, Apple will also be challenging Samsung’s 2D facial recognition cameras on the flagship Galaxy S8 smartphones.
As per The Investor, analysts predict that this deal between Apple and LG could boost business for the latter. Owing to the deal, LG is expected to witness a sales surge of 1.5 trillion won in the fourth quarter this year.