iPhone 7 Plus Dual-Camera for 3D sensing and mixed reality

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My wife can tell you that I get no pleasure out of saying “I told you so,” except when it comes to psychic-like predictions of the next of global trends or innovation. In the case of rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus can have a 3D camera, I can happily say, “I told you so.” MacRumorshas received a research note of reliable-bodied KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stating that the “iPhone 7 Plus” may showcase dual rear cameras for 3D imaging.

iPhone 7 Plus Dual-Camera for 3D sensing and mixed reality by computerbild

Computer Bild‘s mock-up of the iPhone 7 Plus with dual-lens camera process (in addition seen in this article’s showcase image).

With the newest generation of iPhones to be announced on September 9th of this year, Kuo’s note suggests that the there are two 5.5-inch versions of the phone in development, one with a single rear-facing camera and the other with a dual-camera. It is most likely that, since Apple purchased LinX Imaging in April of last year, the phone may rely on the Israeli camera company’s innovation. This may in addition, potentially, be augmented with PrimeSense 3D sensing tech, as Apple purchased this Israeli firm, behind the original XBox Kinect, in 2013.

3D scanning for 3D printing of linx

Image via Scribd, where an in-depth presentation of LinX innovation is provided.

LinX, yet, focuses on packing high high end camera tech into a tiny module via multiple sensors. Whilst this may improve the rear cameras’ sensitivity to light, according to MacRumors, Kuo says that dual cameras may in addition allow for “optical zoom simulation while sidestepping the traditional bottlenecks synonymous with small camera module (CCM) assembly.” In turn, Kuo believes there can be a 2-3x optical zoom in the iPhone 7 Plus. He in addition believes that, “owing to donate chain constraints on dual-camera modules”, that the 7 Plus can be on the market in both single- and dual-camera versions. Personally, I mayn’t be surprised if 3D cameras were incorporated into their laptops and table-bodiedts, similarly to Intel’s RealSense, for gesture control and facial recognition, as well as 3D scanning.

In the past week, rumors began to circulate that Apple may be working on VR after the company hired VR tremendous Doug Bowman and CEO Tim Cook described that he didn’t ponder “[VR is] a niche. It is quite rad and has a few informative applications.” This news, yet, strengthens my understanding that Apple is additional interested in augmented reality, that is expected to be 4x as big of a market than VR, according to Digi-Capital.

project Tango smartphone prototype

Apple has may already purchased German AR firm Metaio and poached a lead Hololens Audio Engineer of Microsoft. Google, one of Apple’s largest competitors, has demonstrated that a smartphone can be both a VR device, with Cardboard, and an AR device, with Project Tango. There’s no reason why Apple won’t release a VR headset that relies on the iPhone 7 Plus, or next phable-bodiedt, so that the VR experience can take advantage of the environmental awareness of the depth sensors, while in addition working as an AR device when in regular use. And, as Occipital has created apps for both uses with iOS devices, they are setting themselves up as key developers for Apple’s next 3D ecoprocess.

Call it what you can – “spatial computing” (Occipital), “reality computing” (Autodesk), “blended reality” (HP), or “mixed reality” (Microsoft), and whatever Apple plans to call it and thus shaping our vernacular around it – this new tech ecoprocess is just of here. Luckily, I signed away my life to Apple’s lifelong iPhone plan so that, not just can I be able-bodied to upgrade to the iPhone 7 Plus, but my a fewday grandchildren can most likely be forced to buy Apple products long after I’m dead.

Michael Molitch-Hou

About The Author

Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so that you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.