Snapchat is hitching up TrueDepth on iPhone X regarding Ultra-realistic lenses

And today, about six months after the launch of Apple's most expensive iPhone, those lenses have finally been released by Snapchat.

Apple's cameras work by projecting a field of dots onto the face, using an emitter built into the "notch" in the iPhone X's display.

To use them, just load up the Snapchat camera and perform a long press of the screen.

The benefit of this is that each of the three masks will hug your face tighter.

iPhone's AR lenses reflect the encompassing light even more.

In Snapchat's case, that opens the door to three new masks. The first one is a gold mask with jewels that is reminiscent of a masquerade ball.

Snapchat users have been offered the chance to make themselves look like the Ultimate Warrior, who was perhaps the world's most iconic professional wrestler. The third frame is a mask that looks nearly like a Chinese Kabuki mask. However, access visual mapping information made by TrueDepth, including a set of 50 different facial expressions, the latter of which powers Apple's Animoji feature. However, no one, not even Apple's employees have access to the mathematical data obtained by the camera.

Currently, Apple strictly limits what TrueDepth data developers can use in their apps. What developers like Snapchat get, meanwhile, is the facial mapping data alone, with more than fifty micro-movements of things like lips, eyelids, and the nose.

So if you're the proud owner of an iPhone X, be sure to check out the special Snapchat lenses. The new iPhone X Lenses were part of Apple's big reveal for the smartphone in September previous year, and indeed one of the few things the company demonstrated that tapped into the complex camera array. As you can see in the GIF below Snapchat's feature in action.

With so much about data privacy issues going on these days, not to mention Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, it is only fair to ask how much of TrueDepth camera data does Apple share with third-party apps like Snapchat.


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