The rumors, the news and the confirmations about the Apple’s next generation iPhone keep on coming in; and now all signs seems to suggest Apple is gearing up to bring an innovative face recognition functionality to its iPhone 8.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted the tech heavyweight a patent for an unknown technology that enables “enhanced face detection using depth information” through the application of specifically modified hardware and software modules.

It remains unclear precisely how Apple might integrate the technology with its upcoming iPhone, the patent notes that the facial recognition apparatus will rely on a combination of camera modules, depth sensors and computer imaging techniques to generate depth maps and accurately identify faces in images.

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The said technology initially breaks down images in smaller “windows” and proceeds to select one or more locations inside the image to “test for presence of human faces.” The method leverages depth information to make the overall process more accurate and less intensive.

The patent further indicates the technology will likely be available for images, as well as the videos. The method, however, does bring its own flaws. As pointed out, the technology becomes less reliable once more faces begin to appear at different locations and depths. This could lead to increased false detection rate.

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Esteemed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously predicted that the new and improved camera tech in the new iPhone will likely land on the higher-priced premium iPhone model, which could surpass the $1,000 mark.

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