Apple is developing 3D photography technology for the iPhone 8, according to a report.
(CCM) — Apple appears to be working on a secret project to develop a 3D camera for next year's iPhone 8, according a report in the Korean Economic Daily. It says that the company has joined forces with South Korean manufacturer LG to develop 3D photography capabilities in the iPhone 8 using LG's Innotek dual-lens camera units. LG already supplies Apple with the dual-lens camera units for the iPhone 7 Plus. Korean Economic Daily's sources said: "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 bear fruit sometime within next year."
The sources appear to be referring to the 3D camera technology that Apple acquired when it bought Israeli imaging startup LinX Imaging for $20 million in April 2015. This technology allows depth to be added to photos by dividing the captured digital image into three parts and then manipulating the digital data. In order to work the technology requires images to be captured using a dual-lens camera unit such as the LG Innotek, which LG supplies exclusively to Apple.
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