Apple iPhone 8 may support augmented reality
Apple is expected to announce three new smartphones this year, marking the 10th anniversary of the launch of the iPhone. The latter will boast new features. Rumors about the upcoming iPhone 8 have surfaced over the past few weeks, while a new rumor specifies that the smartphone could arrive with augmented reality (AR) features.
Business Insider mentioned that the future Apple iPhone 8 could have augmented reality features . The publication cites a research note in which the analyst, Steven Milunovich, cited several sources from the industry mentioning that Apple has 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be linked to the RA.
Recent rumors point out that the company intends to launch a complete set with augmented reality glasses. As with any leak, it is necessary to take this information with tweezers, as long as the smartphone is not announced.
It could include 3D mapping tools
The analyst said Apple could choose to focus on augmented rather than virtual reality, in order to provide a more social experience to users. Indeed, virtual reality technology requires a dedicated headset, which could make some users disappointed to be isolated from the rest of the world.
In addition, the integration of augmented reality in a smartphone should be easier to do, since the technology requires only the front camera of the device. Thus, Apple would not need to develop a new product, such as a headset, and market it. The analyst points out that the new AR products from Apple could arrive in the next iPhone. They could include 3D mapping tools and perhaps a particular SDK.
To support this thesis, the research note highlighted some recent comments made by Tim Cook about augmented reality, stating that it is “a core technology, not a product in itself”. Apart from this technology, the future iPhone 8 could abandon the Home button and the Lightning port for a Type-C USB port. And, the smartphone could boast of an OLED display with curved edges.