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Code in macOS Big Sur Suggests Face ID Could Be Coming to Macs

Friday July 24, 2020 10:32 am PDT by
Apple's Face ID feature that allows a device to be unlocked with a facial scan is limited to the iPhone and the iPad at the current time, but code found in macOS Big Sur suggests that Face ID may come to Macs in the future. Adding a TrueDepth camera system and Face ID to the Mac would be a logical next step for the feature, and 9to5Mac located Face ID references in the latest Big Sur beta,...

Apple Supplier of iPhone 3D Optical Sensors Warns of Weak First Quarter Outlook, Skips Dividend

Tuesday February 5, 2019 12:57 am PST by
The Austrian firm that supplies Apple with optical sensors for 3D facial recognition features in iPhones expects revenue to fall in the first quarter of 2019 (via Reuters). Sensor specialist AMS said its adjusted operating profit fell more than half in the fourth quarter of 2018 and it would not pay out a dividend because of slow demand from a "major customer" and restructuring costs. AMS ...

Kuo: 2019 iPhones Unlikely to Feature Time-of-Flight 3D Sensor in Rear Camera

Wednesday September 12, 2018 3:11 am PDT by
Looking ahead to next year, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that contrary to some analysts' expectations, Apple is unlikely to integrate a time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensing system in the rear camera of its 2019 iPhones. Reports of Apple including rear-facing 3D sensing capabilities in its 2019 iPhone lineup first began appearing last year. At the time, Apple was said to be evaluating a ToF approach,...

Snapchat Rolls Out First TrueDepth-Enhanced AR Lenses for iPhone X Users

Friday April 6, 2018 3:34 am PDT by
Snapchat today began implementing Apple's TrueDepth camera technology in its Lenses selfie feature for the first time. The silent update means iPhone X owners who use Snapchat will see augmented reality masks pop up in the app that make use of Apple's advanced facial mapping technology to superimpose the mask onto the user's face more realistically and track motion more accurately. Apple...

Apple Has Two-Year Lead Over Smartphone Rivals in 3D Sensing Race

Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:59 am PDT by
Apple has gained a two-year lead over its rivals in the smartphone industry in the area of 3D sensing technology, according to a new report on Tuesday. Following talks with three major parts suppliers, Reuters estimates that Android phone makers will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple's Face ID security, which debuted last year in the iPhone X. According...

Barclays Says Second-Generation iPhone X Could Have Smaller Notch

Wednesday February 14, 2018 6:02 am PST by
Apple will launch a trio of new iPhone models later this year with a second-generation TrueDepth camera system, which will potentially be reduced in size, according to a research note issued today by analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf, and Blayne Curtis at investment bank Barclays. While the analysts believe the new TrueDepth system will only "evolve slightly," they predict...

2019 iPhones Could Have Smaller Notch as Apple 'Looking Into' Combining Face ID and Front Camera

Tuesday January 16, 2018 6:39 am PST by
A new report from South Korea's ETNews insinuates that iPhones may have a smaller notch in 2019 or beyond. The report, citing industry sources, claims Apple is "looking into" combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year's iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.According to industries, it is heard that Apple is planning to...

LG Expected to Supply Face ID Technology on New iPhone X, iPad Pro, and iPhone X Plus This Year

Tuesday January 9, 2018 5:29 am PST by
Apple is planning a significant investment in LG Innotek to secure supply of 3D sensing modules for next-generation iPhone and iPad models expected to launch this year, according to Korean website The Investor. iPad Pro render by Benjamin Geskin and rough mockup of iPhone X and iPhone X Plus The upfront payment could be worth as much as around $820.9 million, which LG Innotek would use to...

Apple's Upgraded TrueDepth Camera System in Future iPhones Will Necessitate Larger Batteries

Thursday December 21, 2017 5:47 am PST by
iPhone models released in 2019 and later will likely feature an upgraded TrueDepth camera system that will consume more power, resulting in a need for larger-capacity batteries, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said Apple has technologies at its disposal to develop larger-capacity batteries.Apple capable of designing new system...

Rainbrow Is a New iPhone X Game You Control With Your Eyebrows

Sunday December 17, 2017 2:13 pm PST by
Washington University computer science graduate Nathan Gitter has released Rainbrow, an eyebrow-controlled arcade game for iPhone X. The simple game requires players to use their eyebrows to move an emoji face up and down the screen to collect stars, worth one point each, while avoiding other emoji obstacles such as cars, basketballs, and ducks. Simply raise your eyebrows to move the...

Apple Reportedly Working on 3D Sensor System for Rear Camera in 2019 iPhones

Tuesday November 14, 2017 2:51 am PST by
Apple is developing 3D depth sensing technology for the rear-facing cameras in its 2019 iPhones, according to a new report by Bloomberg on Tuesday. The 3D sensor system will be different to the one found in the iPhone X's front-facing camera, and is said to be the next big step in turning the smartphone into a leading augmented reality device. Apple is evaluating a different technology from...

Ming-Chi Kuo Says iPhone X's TrueDepth Production Issues Stabilizing, Won't Affect Next Year's Models

Sunday October 29, 2017 9:08 am PDT by
While the iPhone X has reportedly faced production issues related to the TrueDepth camera, resulting in shipment delays, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said supply of components for the facial recognition system is now stable. In a research note with KGI Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo added that Apple won't "repeat the mistake" of delayed production with next year's iPhone models,...

iPhone X Supply Revised Lower Yet Again as TrueDepth System Still Faces Production Issues

Thursday October 12, 2017 7:36 am PDT by
A new report today yet again suggests that customers looking to get an iPhone X this year might face quite the challenge. Jeff Pu, an analyst with Taipei-based Yuanta Investment Consulting, has cut his forecast of the number of iPhone X devices that will be produced this year from 40 million units to 36 million. It's the second time he has revised down his estimate, which originally totaled...

Himax Begins Shipping Wafer-Level Optics Technology for iPhone X's Face ID

Thursday October 12, 2017 2:54 am PDT by
Fabless semiconductor company Himax Technologies has begun shipments of chips based on wafer-level optics (WLO) technology to Apple, according to industry sources (via DigiTimes). The solution is reportedly a key component of the Face ID facial authentication sensor exclusive to the upcoming iPhone X. ChipMOS Technologies will also see revenues generated from orders for WLO chips increase...

Apple's Face ID Turns Android Makers Away From Under-Screen Fingerprint Recognition

Saturday October 7, 2017 5:04 am PDT by
With its iPhone X debut and the introduction of Face ID, Apple has now tilted interest in the mobile industry away from under-display fingerprint recognition, and instead towards camera-based 3D sensing technologies as the ideal user authentication solution. That's according to the latest research note from respected KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to the new note seen by...

TrueDepth Camera System is Primary Reason for Slow iPhone X Production

Monday September 25, 2017 7:32 am PDT by
Following a report claiming Apple's suppliers are shipping only about 40 percent of the components originally planned for initial production of the iPhone X, a new report suggests the TrueDepth camera is the primary bottleneck. The word comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the facial recognition system is "far more complex" than those on competing devices, which is making ...