(KTVX) – Video showing a mobile device that snaps infrared images of an iPhone user, surfing the Internet and surprising many.
TikTok, shared by user Bree Thomason, shows a digital camera using an infrared lens, capturing an iPhone user watching his home screen. As the iPhone user stares at the device, Thomason’s digital camera captures the iPhone, capturing multiple infrared images every five to 10 seconds.
Since the video was uploaded to social media on May 8, it has garnered more than 230,000 likes and more than 18,000 shares, alerted some and found many unprepared.
While this discovery may cause some users to panic, Apple says it’s actually just an aspect of the iPhone that allows users to control their face ID and Animoji (animated emoji feature).
According to Apple, this feature is available on iPhone X and newer models and iPad Pro with A12X Bionic chip.
The company says this feature is part of the new TrueDepth IR camera. This camera, located in the black slot at the top of the display, includes a number of high-tech components such as a “floodlight”, an infrared (IR) camera and an infrared emitter.
Officials say that when an iPhone is used, it emits 30,000 infrared dots on a known pattern when a face is detected, allowing the iPhone X to generate a 3D map of the user’s face. According to the team, this TrueDepth IR camera can also do this fast enough to support the creation of 3D motion data.
So, yes, your iPhone essentially takes your “invisible” photos, but not for reasons you might think.
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