The internet is abuzz with iPhone 8 rumors. This year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple is expected go "all out" with the iPhone 8.
Rumors of included Augmented Reality (AR) features are building as well. Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski said that there’s a strong chance Apple will incorporate augmented reality into the iPhone 8. Jankowski said that
the inclusion of 3D sensing functionality is increasingly likely, which could enable a robust augmented reality (AR) feature set that we believe will be a key differentiator for the 10-year anniversary iPhone.
Apple’s rumored relationship with a 3D sensor technology company called Lumentum just adds more fuel to the fire. Sources from Fastcompany state:
Our source says Apple has been working with Lumentum (formed when JDS Uniphase split in 2014) on 3D-sensing technology for the new high-end phone. It remains unclear how the technology will be applied, however. It could be used to recognize the user’s face for authentication. It could also be used in the camera to provide better image resolution. It could even be used in some form of augmented reality application, according to our source.
Jankowski also mentioned that Lumentum during its most recent earnings conference call said that they just “shipped our first revenue into what we believe could be a high volume mobile device application.”
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has already stated his preference for AR over VR since VR blocks out the outside world.
The iPhone 8 is expected around the September 2017 time frame.