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More New iPhone Rumours! Depth Sensors and Facial Recognition?

iPhone rumours are everywhere. They never go away.  And today is no different!  The latest iPhone rumour is that the phone is going to come equipped with some sort of facial recognition technology powered by a new laser sensor.  This is based on research notes from Cowen & Company.

The research notes hint at several new features of Apple’s upcoming iPhone, which is expected to launch in September.

The new features seem to include some type of gesture/facial recognition technology which is powered by a new laser sensor and backed up by an infrared sensor mounted somewhere near the front camera.  The phone is also rumoured to include wireless charging.

Another rumour, based on Apple’s acquisition of Primesense, an infrared sensor company purchased in 2013 – is that the new iPhone 8 could feature a new kind of depth sensor.   The new sensor would be critical if Apple were to add augmented reality features to the upcoming device.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has publicly talked about Augmented Reality before and has hinted that the technology could be worked into the iPhones cameras – with faces being the first thing it will be to recognise.

Cowen & Company cite ‘field work’ as the source for most of these claims as well as ‘Supply Chain’.  A lot of what they uncover usually turns out be fairly accurate.

Also rumoured;

  • “A feature-rich launch with three models” — a new 5.8-inch iPhone in addition to existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch models.
  • The 5.8-inch iPhone will have an OLED screen, which uses less power and produces deeper blacks.
  • The 5.8-inch model will have a “wraparound” design and will integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor “under the glass and in the active display area.”

Timothy Acuri of Cowens also suggests that the next phone will be called either iPhone 10 or iPhone X – skipping the 8 and 9 denominations!

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