The iPhone 8 is expected to use sensors for facial recognition in three dimensions, according to reports in the media.
Some of the sensors will be supplied by Bosch, which is said to be the world’s largest sensor supplier, although most its business is in the industrial sector, used in industrial machines, and cars – Bosch is big into cars.
Bosch’s sensors will likely form part of the augmented reality and gesture recognition system.
Another company supposedly pencilled in to supply sensors for the new iPhone system is Himax Technologies, whose components will form the basis of the 3D vision system.
Apple is also expected to use an OLED screen for its new iPhone, and that screen may well have an integrated fingerprint sensor, which could allow the company to dispense with the current power button, freeing up more space to make the screen bigger.
After speculation by some commentators that the world has reached peak iPhone and sales of the device could fall, Apple has reported record sales for its latest iPhone 7 – 78.3 million units.
In a statement earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac and Apple Watch.”
And with new technologies such as the 3D sensing and augmented reality systems, the iPhone may well continue to grow in number, after having reached more than a billion since the first one launched.
One of the problems with predicting what technologies the next iPhone is going to contain is that Apple itself may not always know.
According to MacRumors.com, the company typically tests at least 10 different prototype iPhone models leading up to the launch of each final product.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone so the final product this time is likely to be something particularly special.
Certainly it will have more sensors than previous iPhones and faster chips. It’s also likely to feature wireless charging and gesture recognition.
There’s also a rumour that Apple may use a glass shell, meaning you’ll be able to see the innards of the device, although that – like most other rumours – is not confirmed.
For a more obsessive collation of all the rumours doing the rounds, a visit to MacRumors.com would be well worth your while.