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New rear 3D cameras could bring “world-facing” facial recognition to iPhones

New iPhones released this year by Apple will include rear-facing 3D depth-sensing cameras, opening up a range of new possible use cases for the applications they enable, such as facial recognition, supplier sources indicate to Fast Company’s Mark Sullivan.

The feature’s inclusion was reported a month ago, though supply-chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously reported that it would likely first show up in an iPad later this year.

A recent presentation from True Depth camera laser supplier Lumentum suggests the 3D “world-facing” camera will have significant benefits for portrait photos and augmented reality (AR), enabling improved 3D mapping for gaming and user-generated 3D digital objects and other content.