May 21, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

LG to Supply iPhone 8’s 3D Facial Recognition Camera

May 12, 2017 01:57 PM EDT

Latest reports from the internet indicate that South Korean electronics manufacturer LG will be supplying Apple with 3D face recognition cameras for their iPhone 8 smartphone this year. While the original reports trace back to a Korean news tabloid, the report mentions that LG plans to build a new plant for the production of these modules.

A brief report from MacRumours reveals Apple iPhone 8 will have a "revolutionary" front-facing camera with 3D sensing capabilities as per a statement from popular KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It is to be noted that LG has manufactured the dual cameras on the existing iPhone 7 Plus. For some time now, both LG and Apple have been working together in developing a 3D face recognition module for both security and entertainment purposes.

Going into the details from Phone Arena, the new 3D face recognition camera on the iPhone 8 will be smaller than any of the previously developed modules from the manufacturer. Apple is known to be testing numerous device prototypes, all with different designs and shapes. While the biggest concern for the Cupertino-based firm has been the implementation of the touch ID sensor, rumors predict Apple will be repositioning the touch ID sensor on the back side of the smartphone, for the first time in the history of iPhones.

LG's new investment worth $238.5 million will be dedicated to the face recognition modules that the South Korean firm will manufacture and then ship it to Apple for the Facetime camera system on the iPhones. Apple iPhones in the past couple of years have retained the same basic shell design with a front-facing single lens camera. However, with a change in technology trends, the internet is currently unsure whether Apple will bring in two lenses for the front-facing camera on the iPhone 8 or just ship them like earlier times. 

 

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