Report: Apple's iPhone 8 Will Have Rear-Facing 3D Laser For AR

The device is expected to have a faster and more accurate autofocus as well.


IPhone 8's is supposedly right around the corner, although Apple's high-end devices may be delayed a bit because of all the bells and whistles such as 3D technology. And lo and behold, that tech may be a rear-facing 3D laser system designed to help implement planned augmented reality.

The lasers will aid in better depth detection for AR apps, and an improved autofocus for taking pictures, a source familiar with the unit's design told Fast Company. The source did not specify whether the technology would be in the iPhone 8 or the next iteration, saying it all depends on how quickly Apple's engineers can get the compact system properly integrated into the new phones.

This new system's ability to get a better handle on depth will become an important part of Apple's AR initiative, which Apple unveiled with the announcement of its new ARKit in June. Getting the lasers into the new phone will be play a huge part in the success of the AR plan going forward, as right now, existing phones rely only on a single camera to try to get proper measurements 

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the camera system will implement PrimeSense tech that Apple acquired back in 2013. That tech will use algorithms pulling information from from a front camera modules and two infrared modules, one to send and one to receive. This could be used in apps looking for better facial recognition. It is also speculated that Apple wants to move away from its Touch ID system and move into facial recognition for better security.

All of these goodies could be part of the new iPhone 8, which is set to launch on the 10th anniversary of Apple's lynchpin device. It still isn't clear if it will indeed be called iPhone 8. We could get a name that plays off the Roman numeral to create an iPhone X. And don't expect the new phones to cost any less. All this new technology could have them costing even more than the current iPhone 7s.

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    July 17, 2017 6:55 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Report: Apple's iPhone 8 Will Have Rear-Facing 3D Laser For AR

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      July 17, 2017 8:18 AM

      But does anyone want that?

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        July 17, 2017 8:26 AM

        If it means better AR or face recognition, I suppose? The arkit demos are great.

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        July 17, 2017 8:39 AM

        Yes. I always said I wish my phone had a rear facing laser for AR. Not battery life or more storage, but a rear facing laser. That's what I want.

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        July 17, 2017 9:38 AM

        Ha seriously.

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          July 17, 2017 11:54 AM

          Huh the thing that links to the vive is impressive.

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        July 17, 2017 12:37 PM

        Have you seen the stuff IKEA is doing with ARKIT? It's seriously futuristic stuff.

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        July 17, 2017 2:19 PM


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        July 17, 2017 4:53 PM

        AR really feels like the next big thing. Shit is hot as hell in the tech world right now. There are probably tons of vital applications that we won't even be able to imagine until we get the whole funny moustache / dancing hotdog / Pokemon GO! phase behind us.

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        July 17, 2017 7:06 PM

        They can fit it right into the spot that used to have a headphone jack!

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      July 17, 2017 9:24 AM

      pew pew pew

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      July 17, 2017 9:44 AM

      My dream of having lasers in my phone have finally come true!

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      July 17, 2017 10:40 AM

      Just like Bond's watch in GoldenEye?

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      July 17, 2017 12:21 PM

      Rear-facing? Lasers... pointed at my rear?

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        July 17, 2017 2:11 PM

        mine is preordered with the predator triple beam. your rear cannot escape.

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      July 17, 2017 12:22 PM

      Like a mouse?

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      July 17, 2017 1:51 PM

      Gets the back of the shark for a change.

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      July 17, 2017 2:00 PM

      ☑ Waterproof
      ☑ Lasers
      ☐ Phone is a shark

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      July 17, 2017 2:17 PM

      Fucking awesome! I wonder if people will implement some photogrammetry software for them too.

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      July 17, 2017 4:16 PM

      God damn those buffoons are lost without Messiah Jobs at the helm

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      July 17, 2017 7:26 PM

      How does it solve the "I have to hold the phone out in front of me and look through it" problem?

      Our lazy arms killed the touch laptop, why won't they kill this?

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        July 17, 2017 8:11 PM

        People already do this all the time for... pictures.

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        July 18, 2017 12:40 AM

        I don't think using it with your phone is the end game here, they're working towards a wearable, and they're going to use the iPhone as a stepping stone.

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      July 18, 2017 12:19 AM

      I think good AR capabilties in an affordable package could be very attractive to companies. Industrial companies or tech companies. I could see it being useful in data centers to quickly identify certain assets