LG Innotek, which is part of the LG Group, is supplying facial recognition camera modules to Apple for the upcoming iPhone, according to Korea Economic Daily (via Apple Insider). Cupertino’s initial order is valued at around $177 million.
Currently, LG Innotek provides the rear-facing, dual lens camera modules for the iPhone 7 Plus. The facial recognition modules are expected to be both smaller and front-facing.
To get the job done, LG Innotek will be using a factory dedicated to making Apple products. The facility is worth about $238.5 million.
Back in February, JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall said the “iPhone 8” would feature a 3D laser for facial recognition technology. Hall’s report Hall’s lined up with another analyst note that indicated the new iPhone would completely remove the Home Button and Touch ID sensor and instead provide a “function area.”
The 2017 iPhone lineup is expected to be announced in September with a release date sometime in October or November.
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