Augmented reality could be the „next big thing“ for Apple, according to the latest research from UBS analyst Steven Milunovich.
Milunovich believes that Apple could equip the iPad and iPhone with AR-enabled hardware such as sensors, 3D cameras, and custom chipsets over the next two to three years.
He speculates the iPhone 8, for example, could have „moderate 3D mapping using stereoscopic vision“ based on a technology called Simultaneous Localization and Mapping.
An excerpt from his research note obtained by MacRumors: SLAM solves the chicken and egg problem of mapping a space without prior knowledge. The device starts from one angle [...]
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a patent that describes a display capable of reading a user’s fingerprint without a dedicated Touch ID sensor (via AppleInsider). The patent is interesting given current rumors swirling around the iPhone 8, which is expected to do away with the home button and integrate Touch ID directly into the display, but perhaps more noteworthy is the patent IP’s re-assignment from LuxVue, a little-known company acquired by Apple in 2014 that developed low-power microLED-based displays.
Titled „Interactive display panel with IR diodes„, the patent details a touch display that uses specifically [...]
Apple is exploring ways to make information sharing between wearables and mobile devices as simple as a wave of the hand, if a new patent application is anything to go by (via AppleInsider).
Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple filing for „Gesture-based information exchange between devices in proximity“ describes a secure data transfer system between two portable devices that works by detecting customizable gestures, or „greeting events“, such as handshakes, high-fives, hugs, fist bumps, bows, waves, and salutes.
The gestures trigger a customizable data set that takes into account device context, with a particular [...]
Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research report today in which he outlined further expectations for Apple’s 2017 iPhone, including new biometric identification technology as well as the necessity of a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability. Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel. To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be [...]