The new silent Snapchat update for iPhone X brings Apple’s TrueDepth camera technology in its Lenses selfie feature for the first time. So if you are an iPhone X owner and the next time you open your Snapchat app you will see augmented reality masks pop up in the app – as you can see in the depicted picture – that with the help of Apple’s advanced facial mapping technology will superimpose the mask. It will cover your face more realistically and will track motion more accurately.
The lenses include a Mardi Gras-esque mask, a Day of the Dead skull, and a pretty gold-plated eye cover.
Back in September 2017, when Apple unveiled the next iteration of its iPhone series they first demoed the AR Snapchat Lenses for the first time as part of its on-stage TrueDepth technology unveiling.
Apple’s Animojis also uses this TrueDepth technology to work. Face ID also uses the structured-light technique – as it projects a pattern of 30,000 laser dots onto a user’s face and measure the distortion to generate an accurate 3D image for authentication.
As of now, there are only three lenses that utilize TrueDepth, but we expect to see more soon. According to Snapchat, the TrueDepth camera will blur the background more accurately and will apply small details and 3D objects, which reflect and react to ambient lighting to project shadows and add highlights.
The TrueDepth Lenses only appear for iPhone X owners and more of the AR masks are likely to appear periodically in the future.
Apple says that Face ID mathematical image data is encrypted upon generation and is secured in the device itself, so no would have access to it.