LG Innotek to supply Apple with world’s first 3D facial recognition camera for iPhone 8

“In January 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled ‘Apple Snaps Up Yet More Talent in the Area of Facial Recognition with their Acquisition of Emotient,'” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Then in February 2017 we learned that Apple acquired another facial recognition company based in Israel called RealFace.”

“Apple began working on facial recognition back in 2011 with their first two patents on this feature being published by the U.S. Patent Office in 2012,” Purcher reports. “After hearing rumors about Apple possibly adopting facial recognition for the iPhone 8, we’re now learning that LG Innotek, the parts unit of LG Group, will supply facial recognition camera modules for the upcoming iPhone, tentatively called the iPhone 8.”

Purcher reports, “Apple and LG Innotek, the market leader in the smartphone camera module market, teamed up last year to develop the world’s first 3-D facial recognition camera system that can be used for a variety of applications from biometric authentication to games.”

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MacDailyNews Take: More evidence that The Mother of all iPhones is coming!

Apple patent covers use of depth maps for enhanced facial detection, bolstering iPhone 8 rumors – March 9, 2017
TrendForce: Apple to make over 100 million tenth anniversary iPhones this year; to feature AMOLED display; 3D facial recognition – February 21, 2017
Apple acquires Israeli facial recognition firm RealFace – February 20, 2017
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s new facial recognition system will usher in ‘paradigm shift’ in biometric identification – January 21, 2017
Analyst: Apple’s next-gen iPhone could deliver facial recognition via new laser, infrared sensors – January 18, 2017
Why did Apple buy a startup whose tech can read emotions via facial recognition? – January 7, 2016
Apple buys Emotient, maker of artificial-intelligence tech that reads emotion by analyzing facial expressions – January 7, 2016
Apple has purchased facial motion-capture company FaceShift – September 4, 2015
Apple patent application details facial and feature recognition techniques – February 20, 2014
Apple wins patent for 3D iPhone UI with motion gestures; reassigns PrimeSense 3D mapping patent – December 9, 2014
Apple, Facebook, Walmart to help U.S. government to develop facial recognition guidelines – December 16, 2013
Apple confirms acquisition of Israel’s PrimeSense, company behind Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, for $350 million – November 25, 2013
Apple’s patent application details ‘locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition’ – September 20, 2012
Apple patent application reveals 3D-based secure facial recognition system – May 10, 2012

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Judge Bork” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


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