(KTVX) – Videos showing infrared photographic mobile devices of iPhone users are circulating across the Internet and amaze many.
In TikTok shared by user Brie Thomason, an infrared-lensed digital camera can be seen by an iPhone user observing his home screen. As iPhone users gaze at the device, Thomason’s digital camera captures an iPhone taking multiple infrared images every 5 to 10 seconds.
Since the video was uploaded to social media on May 8, it has received more than 230,000 likes and more than 18,000 shares, shocking some and catching many.
While the discovery may alarm some users, Apple says this is just a portion of the iPhone that allows users to control Face ID and Animoji (animated emoji function).
According to Apple, the feature is available on iPhone X and later and iPad Pro models with the A12X Bionic chip.
The company says the feature is part of its’ new TrueDepth IR camera.’The camera is housed in a black notch at the top of the display and contains a number of high-tech components, such as a camera. ‘Flood illumination’, infrared (IR) cameras and infrared emitters.
Authorities said that when using the iPhone it emits 30,000 infrared points in a known pattern when it detects faces, allowing the iPhone X to create a 3D map of the user’s face. According to the team, this TrueDepth IR camera is fast enough to support 3D motion data generation as well.
Yes, your iPhone is basically your “invisible” photography, but not for the reason you think.