Apple Supplier, Largan, Confirms 3D-Sensing Lenses Shipments Begin This Year

Apple has a variety of different suppliers out there in the world, providing crucial components that make up the iPhone (and other Apple products).

With a variety of moving parts, it’s a high possibility that certain aspects of a still-unannounced handset might find their way into the real world ahead of that big unveiling. In the case of Largan Precision, as reported by Nikkei, we may have received confirmation that the upcoming, and oft-rumored iPhone 8, may indeed boast 3D-sensing rear cameras.

Largan’s chief executive, Adam Lin, confirmed on Wednesday during a press conference that his company will begin shipping 3D-sensing lenses, which are capable of iris and facial recognition, in the second half of 2017:

“We will have lenses for 3-D sensing [module used in smartphone] ready to ship in the second half this year,” said Adam Lin, Largan’s chief executive in a press conference after the company’s annual general meeting.”

Unfortunately, Lin was not able to confirm which company will be getting these shipments, specifically, but according to Jeff Pu, an analyst out of Yuanta Investment Consulting, Apple is the only company currently in a position to launch this type of technology in its smartphone. Pu also adds that Largan will more than likely be handling upwards of 90% of orders for the rear camera lenses on iPhones launched this year, while also covering 50% of the 3D-sensing lenses, and up to 30% of the lenses used in the front-facing cameras.

It’s been rumored quite a bit that Apple will be adopting some sort of 3D-sensing technology in the upcoming iPhone 8, along with a dual rear camera setup in a vertical orientation that will better handle virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) situations. Apple certainly took a big step forward in supporting both technologies at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, even launching ARKit to support developers in creating new AR apps for the iPhone.

We’ll likely see the unveiling of the iPhone 8 and its 3D-sensing camera work later this year.

[via Nikkei]