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Apple Is Working With LG On Next-Gen 3D Camera For 2017 iPhone, Says Report (9to5mac.com) 29

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: A brief report in The Korea Economic Daily claims that Apple is working with LG on a new dual camera module "which enables 3D photographing." LG already supplies the dual-camera module used in the iPhone 7 Plus. The LG Innotek system is said to be destined for one or more of next year's iPhone models, but the report is unclear what 3D applications Apple might have in mind. Apple has patents for 3D object and gesture recognition going back many years. However, it is likely nothing more than the next generation of Portrait Mode, which uses parallax effect to create a 3D model of a scene in order to identify foreground and background in what is captured by the twin cameras. Apple may be aiming to bring Portrait Mode to all iPhone models next year, which would require a more compact dual-camera module.
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Apple Is Working With LG On Next-Gen 3D Camera For 2017 iPhone, Says Report

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    What good is 3D pictures if the screen resolution makes it unusable for VR? Why don't they focus on making a ultra high resolution 120fps display instead?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It really isn't 3D, anyway. It's really a 2.5D camera system, at least as the summary describes it. It's about as 3D as a 1980s side scrolling game. I'd actually like to see Apple add an infrared LED and camera, which has legitimate uses. The camera can already detect infrared light, though a filter prevents this. A filter that could be enabled or disabled, coupled with an infrared LED, could make the phone a tool for seeing in the dark, in places where this might be useful. There are definitely safety bene

      • The phone is already a tool for seeing in the dark. You just turn the camera's flash bulb on. I cannot come up with any safety benefit to making that near-ir and forcing you to look through the phone's screen to see.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Apple #1!!!!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Apple seems to be working on all sorts of things. Indeed, since Jobs died their R&D expenditure has grown massively. The trouble is that all we have really gotten from all this extra working is a larger screen sizes, and now three years of essentially the same phone with more processing power/better color gamut. Those things are fine, but they are not the step change innovations that Apple was producing previously.

    I had hope for a while that Ives could keep delivering some great ideas, but I guess Jobs

  • I love stereo photography.

    A lot of people don't realize, stereo photography used to be huge. In the 1800s professional photographers went all over the world with big stereo cameras on tripods, taking photos of famous people and places. These were made into prints for Holmes stereo viewers, and door-to-door salesmen went around peddling bundles of stereo cards. You could take a virtual tour of Rome in your own home, you could see the Grand Canyon, etc. Then Kodak and Ford came along and changed everythin

    • by GNious ( 953874 )

      Since everyone (...) have HTC Vives, PSVRs, FOculus or Google Cardboard thingies these days, just create a slide-show file and send to them for watching at their own leisure?

  • That means an Apple 3D printer is coming in 2017!

    Can you imagine the cost of a bottle of Apple-branded resin?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There is literally zero chance that Apple gets into the printer business.

      They're in the process of exiting all markets except phone and tablet.

  • My camera phone is amazing Samsung Galaxy Edge Juliano Fernandes
    • I am happy with my Galaxy J3. It's not a high-end phone, but it doesn't need to be. It has enough RAM and storage to do what I want it to do.

      Yesterday I noticed at WalMart that they sell a 'body glove' case for the J3. Problem is, it was $20. The phone was only $80. And it has a gorilla glass display and a plastic case. I'm so glad I don't have to be afraid of breaking my phone, because it wasn't much of an 'investment.' The stuff on the SD card is more important than the phone itself, and even if th

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