Apple may be working with LG on a dual camera module for 3D photography effects for use in its 10th anniversary iPhone scheduled to be launched in 2017, according to a report from Korea. The said camera module will be different from what Apple has brought to the iPhone 7 Plus.
"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 to bear fruit sometime within next year," a source close to the matter said.
The Korea Economic Daily reports that LG Innotek will be working on one or more of next year's iPhone models. Although the two are said to be developing a camera module that would give 3D photography effects to the picture clicked, it is unclear at this point what Apple exactly wants. The company has 3D object and gesture recognition patents for years now.
In addition to this, Apple had acquired an Israeli start-up LinX in April 2015, which is known for its 3D camera technology. It has the technology of adding more depth to photos by dividing the digital image in three stages.
The 2017 iPhone is reported to sport a major redesign with a rumoured glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display including an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Some reports suggest the home button could be given a miss and the device may support wireless charging.