Samsung’s true Face ID rival won’t arrive until 2019


Face ID
Face ID maps your face with 30,000 infrared dots.
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Apple’s huge lead over Samsung in mobile facial recognition won’t be threatened anytime this year.

Samsung is supposedly working on adding a 3D mapping facial recognition sensor to its next flagship smartphone, but according to a report from Asia, the supplier won’t have it ready until 2019.

Android won’t be ripping off iPhone’s 3D sensors anytime soon


iPhone X
Apple's not the only one struggling with low yield rates for its 3D depth-sensing camera tech.
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Producing sufficient quantities of its 3D depth sensing camera has reportedly been a big pain point when it comes to iPhone X production, but possibly not as much of a pain as it’s likely to be for Android makers.

According to a new report, low yield rates during production for Apple’s 3D sensing modules have caused Android-based smartphone brands to delay their own plans for new smartphone models with 3D sensors.

Apple orders 70 million flexible OLED displays from Samsung


Samsung will be an important iPhone 8 part supplier.
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Apple is going to need a lot of help from Samsung to bring a totally new display to the iPhone 8.

Samsung reportedly received an order from Apple buying over 70 million bendable OLED for its upcoming iPhone that many fans and rumormongers anticipate will be the most innovative smartphone to ever come out of Cupertino.

Will this company provide iPhone 3D sensors?


Apple digital viewfinder patent
Big things are coming to the iPhone camera sensor apparently.
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Rumors that Apple’s next iPhone will come with 3D sensing tech have caused shares in component maker Himax Technologies to shoot up 56 percent this year.

A recent report suggested that the 3D sensing tech will be used to give the next-gen iPhone augmented reality features, capable of changing the depth in photos or isolating certain image elements within it. Another possible use-case will allow users to use AR to put virtual effects and objects onto a person.