Apparently, Animoji On The iPhone X Does Not Need The TrueDepth Camera To Work


Apple's new Animoji functionality on the iPhone X is one of the most forward-facing additions in the handset. It basically allows various emoji characters to mimics your facial expressions. Animoji is pretty great in terms of functionality. Moreover, the operation isn't even that hard to perform. As we all the fancy new addition is all thanks to the TrueDepth Camera sensor underneath the notch at the front of the display. However, recent finding according to a YouTuber, details that Animoji does not really require Face ID to work. So let's dive in to see some more details on the matter.

Animoji On iPhone X Does Not Actually Need A TrueDepth Camera To Work

One of the most popular tech YouTubers on the planet, MKBHD made a point in his iPhone X review. The point was that even if you cover the Face ID's TrueDepth Camera sensor, Animoji still recognized your actions or reactions. It only stopped working when you cover the standard RGB camera. If you're interested in checking it out for yourself, we have embedded the video below.

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What this means is that the Animoji feature on the iPhone X does not really rely on the TrueDepth Camera technology underneath the top notch. With that said, it also means that the Animoji can basically work perfectly with the front-facing selfie camera. So why doesn't the iPhone 8 and its bigger 'Plus' sized variant support Animoji? We raise this question just to clarify that the front-facing camera on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are pretty capable of performing the same task.

However, there are no clear answers as to why the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been restricted from the feature. Nonetheless, since Animoji uses the ARKit platform to map your face and give it life, Apple has embedded support for it only on the iPhone X's front-facing camera rather than the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. So this could possibly be the reason why the Animoji feature is not available for the iPhone 8.

In addition to this, it is also possible that the 3D face-scanning is used for the initial mapping or to provide a more detailed representation of your expressions. Henceforth, we can say that it is a requirement for the feature to fully work. Check out more details in the video.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. As for now, what are your thoughts on the matter? Is the TrueDepth Camera technology is necessary for the Animoji feature to work? Share your views with us in the comments.

Update: The TrueDepth Camera captures the raw depth mask of a person with the IR system on the iPhone X to periodically update the depth map. However, it makes use of the RGB camera consistently to track your facial expressions and movements.

News Source: TNW