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Apple looking to Israel for camera technology
Apple Israel is currently in midst of campaign aimed at recruiting Israeli engineers specializing in sensors, image processing, computer imaging and optics; analysts speculate development of 3D camera for the iPhone is in the works.
A large portion of the advanced camera technology expected to be included in new iPhone models are the products of Apple's Israeli engineers in Herzliya.

 

 

"The next iPhone will include a lot of technologies developed in Israel," said a source familiar with the company's future plans.

 

Under the direction of new Apple Israel CEO Rony Friedman, Apple is currently recruiting dozens of engineers in the field of camera development, sensors, image processing, computer imaging, optics and electro-optics.

 

iPhone 8 (Photo: EverythingApplePro)
iPhone 8 (Photo: EverythingApplePro)

 

Apple Israel is also seeking a technical director in computer graphics who will be in charge of three dimensional modeling. According to the ad, background is needed to create animations and computer graphics in computer games or movies.

 

"As part of this position, you will be a member of a team that uses advanced camera algorithms and sensors … and will create three-dimensional models of environments, objects and textures," read the ad.

 

The details of the positions Apple is seeking reinforce popular notions concerning the iPhone 8, namely, that it will include a three-dimensional camera. While details are still shady at best, it is thought that the new 3D camera will allow the iPhone to identify depth in pictures as well as videos.

 

This will allow, for example, the creation of three-dimensional models, objects and even advanced applications or games. Additionally, the possibility of a 3D camera could even allow the device to accurately identify the face of the user, similar to fingerprint identification.

 

However, many believe that such advanced capabilities will not be ready by September—when the new iPhone is expected to be released—and will only be featured in later iPhone models.

 

In recent years, reports by foreign media, analysts' assessments and Apple's official statements have already indicated that Apple is increasing efforts to develop cameras and computer vision in Israel.

 

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