Report: Apple working to bring 3D photography to all iPhones

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Late last year, Apple unveiled a new and improved 3D photography technique for its venerable iPhone line, but the next-gen models might pack a way more impressive camera.

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According to the Korean Economic Daily, Apple has teamed up with LG Innotek to develop a new camera for the iPhone specifically designed for 3D photography.

While the report is light on details or dates, the publication suggests the new tech will be in Apple’s next-generation line of products beginning with the next iPhone.

The report cites individuals “close to the situation” as the source of the information.

“Apple is now studying how to apply its 3D camera technology into LG Innotek’s smartphone camera. Since LG Innotek also has its own 3D camera and related technologies, such joint efforts will likely to bear fruit sometime within next year.”

– Korean Economic Daily

Cupertino has already worked with LG Innotek, teaming together to stick a dual-camera module into the iPhone 7 Plus.  Dual-Camera were leveraged heavily by Apple in an update offering ‘Portrait Mode’ photography.

Details are still scare, but Apple’s ambition to up its 3D photography capabilities could mean that Apple is looking at bringing dual-cameras into all of its handsets, not just the premium line.

Among other rumours, the next-gen iPhone 8 camera is also alleged to be receiving support for 2D and 3D Augmented Reality applications.  This suggests Apple could be wading into an ever more crowded AR field, going head to head with Google’s Cardboard, Microsoft’s Hololens and a host of other looking to get a foothold in a brand new industry.

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