According to a new report surfacing from South Korea, Apple is working closely with current iPhone camera hardware supplier LG to develop a highly capable module that is capable of enabling 3D photographing in mobile devices.
The Cupertino-based company already has a relatively close working relationship with LG as part of an ongoing deal for the company to supply the iSight-Duo lens system that ships with the iPhone 7 Plus. That relationship is expected to be extended on an innovation basis to take the camera experience up another level with the iPhone 8.
One area that Apple continuously looks to improve with each and every iPhone model is the photography experience extended to end users. That’s been more than evident when Apple took the opportunity to differentiate the iPhone 7 Plus from the smaller iPhone 7 model with the inclusion of a dual-lens camera system. There’s also the integration of Portrait mode that truly enhances that experience.
If today’s report coming out of Korea is anywhere near accurate, then it appears that Apple could once again be looking to LG and the Innotek system to breathe additional power and complexity into the next iPhone, or the iPhone 8 as it may be called.
Information about the actual product, and more importantly, what kind of apps it could be used to power, are somewhat sketchy at the moment, which basically translates to “it’s all but up in the air as it stands.” However, Apple is known to hold many patents pertaining to object and gesture recognition in 3D space, so there’s a chance the company could be looking to utilize some of those technologies.
With that said, given the improvements made in the iPhone 7 Plus camera experience, it seems a lot more likely that Apple would focus efforts with LG on creating a smaller camera module that offers the same power as the current dual-lens system in order to integrate it into the full iPhone range next year. That would not only involve working around miniaturizing the module as much as possible, but also potentially integrating advanced technology for 3D photography.
Given that Apple is expected to release an entirely redesigned and revamped iPhone next year, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that a big camera upgrade is planned for it.