Apple supplier Largan’s, CEO Adam Lin has confirmed in a press conference that they will be shipping 3D facial recognition sensors in the second half of this year, as reported by Nikkei.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, who has been correct in the past regarding Apple predictions, also said that the alleged iPhone 8 will come with an infrared transmitting module and an infrared receiving module which combined with Apple’s front camera will enable the smartphone to accomplish 3D sensing and modelling. Also, to be kept in mind, he said that this module will be provided by Largan.
Largan executives revealed plans to double their workforce adding 4,500 employees along with a new $661 million facility in Taiwan to meet demand. Though in the press conference there was no mention of Apple, it is expected that the demand is being created by Apple.
It is also being rumoured that the Apple iPhone 8 will sport a custom 1.4MP image sensor in the IR sensor to detect light signal changes. The system is also being expected to use the technology from PrimeSense which Apple acquired in 2013.
Apple this year has made many acquisitions of companies dealing in the augmented reality and facial recognition, further pointing towards them introducing 3D sensing technologies in their products.
Leaving the front camera, in the alleged iPhone 8 Apple is expected to feature an edge to edge OLED display, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8. It is also being rumoured that the Touch ID sensor could be embedded directly in the display or on the back, inside the Apple logo.