The much-awaited Apple iPhone 8 is all set to hit the Indian markets in a few hours. Ahead of the launch, leaks have revealed that the new flagship smartphone will come with a 3D facial recognition function that will transform your expressions into an animated emoji – ‘animoji’.
Media reports suggest that the new function will use sensors to create custom 3D ‘animojis’ of unicorns, robots, pigs and many more.
It is also expected that the animojis will be modified by actions including raising the left and right eyebrows, cheeks, lowering the chin, moving the jaw and lips, smiling and frowning.
The feature takes advantage of the phone’s 3D camera support to customise the emoji based on facial expressions detected by the camera.
In the iOS 11 code, Animoji are described as ‘custom animated messages that use your voice and reflect your facial expressions’.
The animated emojis will reportedly be exclusive to the premium iPhone 8, as they rely on the 3D sensor to detect facial movements.
Along with the iPhone 8, the company is also expected to launch the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, and a new Apple watch that supports SIM card.
Reports suggest that iPhone 8 will have a premium version at $999 or around Rs 64,000. However, the iPhone has a considerably higher launch price in India than the one compared to the US. Notably, the high-end variant of iPhone 7 Plus launched at Rs 92,000 last year.
The iPhone 8 will possibly come with a new design, which is said to include two layers of glass with a metal frame sandwiched between them. It is also rumoured that it will come with a 5.8-inch OLED screen.
It is also expected that the iPhone will do away with the physical home button and a redesigned camera.
Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the new edition is also likely to sport two cameras on the rear – a regular one and the other with a telephoto lens for the portrait photos and closeups.
With the new design, the company is also likely to offer wireless charging. Also, the iPhone is expected to be powered by the A11 processor and 3 GB RAM.