Upcoming Apple iPhone to pack in facial recognition with new 'laser sensor'

With Tim Cook being so positive about augmented reality (AR), an analyst firm may have revealed the first evidence of the same technology, making it into the upcoming iPhones this year. A research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company gives out plenty of details, along with something new in the form of facial/gesture recognition.

The research note in question reveals a lot of details that we know about the upcoming iPhone models to be launched in September this year. Some of these details include stuff that we have already heard about, while others are new and come with some interesting claims.

Business Insider reported the most interesting one as facial/gesture recognition: "Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging," Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote.

What the upcoming Apple iPhone could look like. Image: Concept by Handy Abovergleich (https://www.handy-abovergleich.ch/iphone-8-concept/)

What the upcoming Apple iPhone could look like. Image: Concept by Handy Abovergleich (https://www.handy-abovergleich.ch/iphone-8-concept/)

According to the same, Apple has worked on a new kind of depth-sensor one that it may have acquired via Primesense. While it acquired the sensor company in 2012, the same would work great with the augmented reality set up that Apple is allegedly working on.

Most of Cowen and Company's findings in the research note cite things down to field work coming from Apple's supply chain. This would include details like a new 5.8-inch model instead of the usual two. The same 5.8-inch model is expected to be called the 'iPhone 10' or 'iPhone X' and will pack in an OLED screen. The smartphone is expected to have an wraparound design and will integrate the Touch ID fingerprint reader below the display in the active display area.

According to the same analyst, the exciting new 10th anniversary iPhone will be huge and will be a good enough reason for many to upgrade this year, which should add some momentum to slowing iPhone sales.

Updated Date: Jan 19, 2017 16:44 PM