iPhone 8 Could be Using LIDAR for Facial Recognition and AR Features

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iPhone 8 uses LIDAR tech for AR and facial recognition features

A few weeks ago, a rumour started circulating that allegedly puts facial recognition as a feature on the iPhone 8. Now, a new report seems to put more credence to the earlier rumours that the iPhone 8 will indeed have a facial recognition feature.

According to JP Morgan, Apple could be using a LIDAR sensor for the iPhone 8’s facial recognition feature. In addition to this, the same sensor can be used not only for facial recognition but also for augmented reality.

What is LIDAR?

LIDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging. Basically, LIDAR is the optical version to the well known navigation tool, the RADAR. Instead of using radio signals, LIDAR uses laser light to detect obstacles along its radiation path. At the moment, LIDAR is mainly used in mapping and laser guidance. However, new advancements in technology made it possible to make use of LIDAR in a number of different applications.

iPhone 8 and LIDAR

Current LIDAR sensors are extremely bulky as they are used on more rugged applications like satellites and laser guided missiles. However, advancement in miniaturization has made it possible to produce sensors that are small enough for mobile applications.

iPhone 8 rumored to use LIDAR sensor for facial recognition and AR features

Example of a LIDAR sensor (via sparkfun.com)

Back in 2013, Apple acquired PrimeSense, an Israeli company that specializes in 3D sensing. It would seem that the same company will be one spearheading the facial recognition and AR features of the iPhone 8.

Apart from facial recognition and AR, the iPhone 8 is also rumored to finally sport an OLED display. In fact, there are reports that the Cupertino tech giant has already placed an order for around 150 million OLED panel from Samsung Display. Additionally, Apple is looking into sourcing OLED panels from China as it sees the requirements for the iPhone 8 will be quite substantial.

Right now, these reports are mere speculations of what the iPhone 8 features would be. There is no solid evidence that Apple would apply this technology on its next flagship phone. Nevertheless,  these acquisitions are not done on a whim. Instead, they are a product of careful planning and strategizing. Whether or not Apple chose to use 3D facial recognition or AR on the iPhone 8, it is still too soon to tell. For more updates in the iPhone 8, be sure to check us out on TheBitbag.

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