Following initial findings of some much appreciated new video shooting modes coming to iPhone X (1080p at 240 FPS, film-style 4K at 24 FPS and 4K at 60 FPS), developer Steven Troughton-Smith has now uncovered from the leaked iPhone X firmware previously unknown tidbits concerning its cameras, including a new infrared camera with depth sensing.

According to Steven’s tweet, the dual-lens camera out the back will stay at twelve megapixels and the front shooter will have seven megapixels.

In other words, no change from the iPhone 7 cameras in the megapixel department.

He couldn’t glean from code strings whether the dual-camera has optical image stabilization on the telephoto lens (which iPhone 7 lacks, it only supports it on the wide lens).

Rumors and analyst reports have mentioned that possibility and Samsung’s Note 8 has a dual-lens camera with dual optical image stabilization so iPhone X will probably have it as well.

But unlike any other smartphone out there, iPhone X will debut an all-new infrared camera specifically designed with augment reality and depth sensing features in mind. It’s said to use infrared light that’s invisible to the human eye (and it works in dark, too) and use time-of-flight calculations to create a 3D mesh of your face and other objects.

That camera will be central to the new Face ID feature that will scan a person’s face in three dimensions, replacing Touch ID (it’s said to be two times faster than Touch ID). The infrared camera resolution, according to Steven, is 1,312-by-1,104 pixels.

It does not need to match the resolution of the other cameras given that its main purpose, as I’ve mentioned, is 3D scanning and boosting augmented reality capabilities. The motion-sensing camera on Microsoft’s Kinect, for instance, has a resolution of 640-by-480 pixels.

By the way, recording video on iOS 11 takes up half as much space as in iOS 10 thanks to the new HEVC codec (H.265) so, in theory, a 4K video at 60FPS should result in approximately the same file size as 4K footage at 30FPS captured using the iPhone 7 models.

According to Steven, the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 8 model won’t have a dual-camera system that its 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus counterpart is expected to sport.

The HomePod firmware has also mentioned 4K video capture for the front shooter, but that’s highly unlikely. The leaked code even suggested iPhone X could have a front telephoto lens and rear Face ID, but those strings are almost certainly in there for future-proofing.

Thoughts?

Image: rumors-based iPhone X mockup, courtesy of YouTube creator Marques Brownlee

  • Luka Petranović

    IMO I highly doubt it can be faster than Touch ID since it has to scan your face, and no matter how good sensor is, it won’t be able to catch up with speed of Touch ID.

    • nonchalont

      We’ll have to see the product and what Apple says about it. Maybe we may get that wow factor when it’s presented.

      • Luka Petranović

        Maybe next year or year after. But this one I highly doubt about it. We’ll just have to wait till tomorrow and see…

    • Jay

      I can be a simple play on words and it not be faster at all. Many fail to realize that Touch ID currently has two generations. Apple can say its 2x faster than touch ID but how much faster is it compared to Touch ID 2.0. I can even imagine them slowing it down via software in iOS 11 to make Face ID stand out even more.

      • Luka Petranović

        Well TBH I kind of think it will be slower than Touch ID 1st Gen. Or somewhat speed like that. We’ll see.

      • Greg Warren

        They’re talking about speed once you engage it. So how fast does Touch ID recognize the fingerprint vs. how fast does Face ID recognize the face. They’re not taking into account how long it takes for you to get the phone into a position to “see” your face. The processor may do it faster, but it’ll definitely take me longer to take the phone out of my pocket and point it toward my face as opposed to pushing the home button while I’m taking it out of my pocket.

      • :D

        It should unlock the moment you look at it and it should be practically instant. So yeah, it may take longer overall to unlock but it’ll still be as fast as it needs to be. Unless you want it to be unlocked before you even look at it for some reason??

    • MMA Rules

      And you are who?

      • Luka Petranović

        Why does it matter who I am.

  • [RECON1]

    Maybe this is way when listening to audio and charging the screen turns off in iOS 11 where previously it stayed on?

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    It won’t be half as much space bc 7 supports HEVC too

    • czbird

      Play only. Not rec. Same as SE.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        That’s where ur wrong I have option to record in HEVC on my 7+

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness
      • czbird

        Lucky u then. No such thing on my SE.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s 7/7+ only tho it’ll be on new iPhones

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Check ur facts before u spout bs

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        U must have either have watched no videos about features on iPhone 7 on iOS 11 or was completely oblivious

  • MeTaLiX

    It can be a simple play on words and it not be faster at all. Many are unaware that Touch ID currently has two generations. Apple can say its 2x faster than Touch ID but how much faster is it compared to Touch ID 2.0. I can’t imagine them slowing it down via software in iOS 11 to make Face ID stand out even more but It all comes down to millionths of a second and not really worth comparing IMO.

  • Edward

    Check ur facts before u spout bs

    • Bill

      You already said this, “Siri Tim Cook Holness”