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LG Named as Supplier of iPhone 8's 3D Facial Recognition System for Front-Facing Camera

LG Innotek will supply Apple with 3D facial recognition modules for the iPhone 8, according to The Korea Economic Daily (via The Investor).

iPhone 8 concept with two cameras and two sensors by Benjamin Geskin

The report vaguely says LG's "new facility investment" worth roughly $238.5 million will be dedicated to Apple's orders, and adds that LG will "build a new plant" for production of the facial recognition modules, which are expected to be part of the iPhone 8's front-facing FaceTime camera system.

It's not entirely clear if the front-facing camera will also have dual lenses, or retain a single lens in line with previous iPhone models.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities previously said the iPhone 8 will have a "revolutionary" front-facing camera system with 3D sensing capabilities, fueled by algorithms from PrimeSense, an Israeli company that Apple acquired in 2013. PrimeSense was known for developing Microsoft's first Kinect sensor for Xbox.

Kuo said the iPhone 8's front camera system will include two infrared modules that are able to determine the location and depth of objects placed in front of it, with potential applications including facial recognition, iris scanning, and some combination of augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality.

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17 months ago
Bit too late to build a plant for a phone coming out in a few months...?
Rating: 33 Votes
17 months ago
They are going to build a $238m plant and get it in production in less than 5 months! That's some going!
Rating: 16 Votes
17 months ago

Do you guys agree that;

If that 3D sensing camera is WELL BUILT; we don't care/need the touch ID anymore? It could be place outside the iPhone, let's say in other antique smartphones.

Touch ID could be "out"; not below screen, not on the back; just bye; IF the system is PERFECT and as secure as Touch ID.


Could it?


Good luck unlocking your phone in the dark
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago
I see a lot of things about this article that concern me.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago

wow can't wait for the iphone 9 with facial recognition.

meanwhile apple will sell the iphone 8 with a bigger screen and a touch sensor in the back and call it innovative :mad:

NOW WHO IS DRINKING THE KOOLAID?! :eek:


If I was at the keynote and after paying $1.5k+ just to see the unveil in person and saw they put the button on the back and don't use the apple logo either. I would immediately boo loudly as possible and get my stuff and fly back to NY.
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago
I hope there is LOUD BOOING at the keynote if they announce TouchID on the back.
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago
Yeah I'm gonna guess this is for the 2018 iPhone (whatever it gets called) at the very earliest... I guarantee you all supplier production plants for the 2017 iPhone(s) have already been built. o_O
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago
Imagine they up the FaceTime camera to like 10-12mp.

That would be some great selfies!
Rating: 3 Votes
17 months ago

Do you guys agree that;

If that 3D sensing camera is WELL BUILT; we don't care/need the touch ID anymore? It could be place outside the iPhone, let's say in other antique smartphones.

Touch ID could be "out"; not below screen, not on the back; just bye; IF the system is PERFECT and as secure as Touch ID.


Could it?



Can't say I agree. I don't want to have to hold my phone in view of my face every time I want to unlock it. I want to be able to lock it when it's at my side or sitting on my desk. Touch ID is fast, efficient and (I assume) secure. I couldn't care less about facial recognition. Won't complain about it being included, but I hope it's not a replacement.
Rating: 3 Votes
17 months ago

Do you guys agree that;

If that 3D sensing camera is WELL BUILT; we don't care/need the touch ID anymore?
It could be place outside the iPhone, let's say in other antique smartphones.

Touch ID could be "out"; not below screen, not on the back; just bye; IF the system is PERFECT and as secure as Touch ID.


Could it?

I most certainly DO NOT agree.

* I often unlock the phone when it's far away from my face and is not aimed directly at it.
* I often have to unlock it in poor lighting/darkness
* whenever I use Apple pay (that's several times a day every day) I need Touch ID and the phone is far away from my face.

Even if the 3d sensing system works perfectly I still want Touch ID. No Touch ID on the front=no sale for me.
Rating: 3 Votes

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