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Apple to Invest in LG Innotek's 3D-Sensing Camera Technology

Apple to Invest in LG Innotek's 3D-Sensing Camera Technology Apple to Invest in LG Innotek's 3D-Sensing Camera Technology
Melba Vasquez | 10 January, 2018, 21:05

The company has arranged for a steady stream of parts, as deals with LG Innotek and Finisar have been struck.

The Cupertino company is making a huge investment in LG Innotek to secure the supply of 3D sensing modules for its upcoming iPhones and iPads.

This means that the iPad Pro 2018 will be the first in its family to boast the Face ID. The limited supply and low yield rates of 3D sensing modules that support Face ID and Animoji features were the reason the iPhone X was in scarce supply during the first few weeks of launch. In a filing yesterday, LG Innotek says it will invest 873.7 billion won ($820.90 million USD) to build additional facilities for its mobile camera module and next generation module business. Earlier in 2017, reports were coming in that the iPhone X was facing some 3D sensing hardware shipment issues that forced delays in the smartphone's official launch.

What's remarkable about the negotiations is that Apple CEO Tim Cook was personally involved.

"Korean news outlet Korea Economic Daily speculated that the latest decision came after a meeting between Apple CEO Tim Cook and LG Innotek CEO Park Jong-seok in November past year", reads the report.

Unsurprisingly, the Face ID will make a comeback in this year's iterations of the iPhone X, which will also get a Plus version, per the ever-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. One will be a refreshed iPhone X2 with OLED display, and another would be a larger iPhone X Plus with a 6.5-inch OLED panel. Face ID camera modules should be present on all of them. The tech will also find its way to a midrange iPhone as well.

Are you excited to see potentially improved Face ID on the upcoming iPad Pro?

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