According to a new report, Apple is said to be working on “revolutionary” camera technology, which could be used for facial or iris recognition, augmented gaming experiences, and 3D selfies for the next iPhone.

Though this kind of tech might be uncommon on a smartphone, as what has been described sounds a lot like the tech Microsoft popularized with the Kinect — the setup is even pretty much the same. Apple will reportedly build this technology into the front of the next iPhone, augmenting the traditional camera sensor with an infrared projector and receiver.

All of this ties into ongoing rumors that Apple is looking into facial or iris recognition for the next iPhone, as a replacement for or alternative to Touch ID, since the Home Button is going away

Still, it’s still not entirely clear how this will work in practice.


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