Apple is apparently working with LG to manufacture a dual camera setup which may be capable of 3D photography. The resulting module will likely show up in the iPhone 8.
Sources told The Korea Economic Daily that Apple is currently studying how to apply its 3D camera technology to LG Innotek’s smartphone camera. The latter firm already has its own 3D shooter and related technologies. They believe the two working together will probably bear fruit sometime next year.
LG Innotek is notably the only supplier for the iPhone 7 Plus’ twin snappers. Its got plenty of experience in the field, having previously applied its 3D technology to the LG Optimus 3D which came out in 2011.
Apple had taken over an Israeli startup called LinX last year in an effort to introduce advanced photography tech such as 3D depth mapping to the iPhone 7 Plus. One of the major features to come out of the acquirement was the latter’s Portrait Mode.
It’s not clear what exactly will come out of Apple’s partnership with LG Innotek. An earlier report had revealed that it was working on introducing augmented reality (AR) software to the iPhone’s camera app. The skill would allow people to point their handset at any object and have their phone recognize it immediately.
Previous speculation had also asserted that Apple was planning to improve the dual lenses in the iPhone 8 by blessing each with optical image stabilization (OIS). The bump-up might give birth to improved photo quality and optical zoom range.