AR could find its way into the iPhone 8, suggests report

Sources claim that Apple could have over 1,000 engineers working on an augmented reality-related project.

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Apple may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project related to AR, UBS reports, and it could hit the iPhone 8 as early as this year. We've heard Tim Cook rave about augmented reality before, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise.

If Apple brings AR to the iPhone it will be competing with Google Tango enabled phones, like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR. Apple will have to create a superior experience to surpass the competition's head start, says UBS.

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There are a few pieces of evidence used to back up the AR claim:

Tim Cook's many musings on AR is not an official confirmation, but analyst Steven Milunovich notes in the report that "Apple has uncharacteristically broken the silence on future products with regards to AR."

We've also heard previous rumors that the iPhone 8 could use AR built in to the native camera iOS app. Putting AR into the camera app could let your iPhone recognize objects or people, somewhat similar to how iOS 10 recognizes faces.

Other companies are trying to bring AR to consumers, but with mixed results. Microsoft's HoloLens is still geared towards developers and will set you back $3,000 (£2,719, AU$4,369). While the hopeful AR start-up Magic Leap struggles to live up to its promises. If Apple does step into the AR world, it would be interesting to see what cards it brings to the table.

Stay tuned to CNET for more coverage on the upcoming iPhone 8.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.