iPhone 8 Tipped To Feature ‘Revolutionary’ 3D-Sensing FaceTime Camera, Specs And More

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo comes back again with an analysis note containing detailed information to Apple’s highly-anticipated ‘iPhone 8’.

Today we have three reports, otherwise rumors on iPhone 8 specifications sheet, which the research front issued reports on iPhone 8 display, RAM and storage of Apple’s upcoming 2017 flagship smartphone. Here’s everything you need to know.


Multiple sources and analytics have already admits that Apple will release a high-end next-generation iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display. Now, the same model is said will also include a “revolutionary” front-facing FaceTime camera which will feature 3D sensing capability courtesy of three modules.

As we recently mentioned that Apple had acquired Israel-based startup RealFace, presumably with the intention of integrating its facial recognition software into the new biometric feature for futuristic Apple products. This another Apple acquisition which is time being touted as the main driver behind this 3D sensing camera. Those already mentioned three modules which will make-up the camera will allegedly be powered by PrimeSense algorithms, which iw a company Apple took the ownership of back in 2013.

Speaking about the front-facing camera and its technical DNA, the KGI report suggests that off the three modules, one will be the front camera module as found in exiting iPhone models, second being an infrared transmitting module, and third being an infrared receiving module.


These three modules will let the new FaceTime camera determine the exact location and depth of objects that are placed before it, which Apple is seriously looking at 3D facial or iris detection as a biometric security feature for future devices in conjunction with the software-based improvements.

Already made advancements with the Apple’s iSight-Duo camera embedded in the iPhone 7 Plus. The infrared modules which we’re talking about will use that experience, merge the data received with the 2D image provided by the camera module, and utilize the PrimeSense algorithms to get a better understanding of environment for producing a more depth-aware image. In addition to being applicable in facial recognition or iris scanning scenarios, this tri-module camera could eventually form the basis of Apple’s first foray into augmented and virtual reality.


If this comes true and accurate then this could spell the end for Touch ID in future bigger picture. If this does come to fruition, then it’s likely to be differentiating feature of the top-end iPhone 8 expected to cost $1000+.

Another report also issued by TrendForce with regards to the iPhone 8 which once again corroborating a number of the previously speculated inclusions, and mainly focusing on a major feature; a curved OLED display.

The most exciting things about Apple’s new iPhone, likely to be called ‘iPhone 8’, is months away from getting an official preview, most research sources already in agreement on a number of the major features.

One keeping in line with most of the previous reports, today’s report from TrendForce is suggesting that Apple will indeed release a new iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch bezel-less OLED display. The report also suggests that the Home / Touch ID button, which find its place on iPhone since its original launch in 2007, will be done away with in order to make room for a ‘function area‘.

Interesting factor the note that TrendForce believes this particular iPhone model will not come with a curved display due to yield issues through the supply chain. Apple could introduced with the top-of-the-range iPhone this coming September. It is suggesting that Apple could pack the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 with 3GB of RAM – similar to current iPhone 7 Plus – to compliment the next-gen embedded SoC.


The report is also paying reference to the potential storage sizes of the hardware, will be able to choose from 64GB and 256GB configurations. Previous reports have suggested that Apple will take advantage of the change to OLED panels in order to offer a curved aspect to the experience with a screen that wraps around the side of the device. That’s no longer happening now, although it does ‘confirm’ the existence of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s and 7s Plus models with LCD displays, which will be a bit cheaper than the high-end iPhone 8 device.

(Source: TrendForce)

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